George S. V. Wills and his wife, Lucy, had four daughters and one son (see the most recent post on the well-known chemist and his family). The son’s name was Harry Sampson Wills and he married Lillian Mary King.
The pair had two daughters—Dorothy Hope Wills and Constance Gertrude Wills—and two sons—Eric Victor Wills and Reginald Arthur Wills, born in that order. (See the S-Z tab at the top of the blog for dates & scroll down to the “Wills” surname.)
Colin Newton of Nottingham, England, who is Dorothy Hope Wills’ grandson has provided information for this blog post including the two photos pertaining to Dorothy and her family. The first photo is of Dorothy on her wedding day, circa 1920. She married Frederick James Warren. According to Colin, Dorothy played piano with an orchestra at London’s famed Crystal Palace which was built in Hyde Park to house the Great Exhibition of 1851 and later moved to a different part of London, where sadly it was destroyed by fire in 1936. For further details on the Crystal Palace, click here.
Colin says that Dorothy was a fantastic piano player and that her work at the Palace was a defining feature in her life. She was, he says, a larger-than-life character who had a fabulous sense of humor! The next photo was taken in 1928. It is of Dorothy standing behind her mother-in-law Catherine Warren who is holding Dorothy and Fred’s daughter Cathy, their first child and eldest sister to Connie, Margaret, Freda, and Beryl.
Colin has also provided a link to some 1970’s video footage of Constance Gertrude (Wills) Gilbert and Dorothy, her sister, chatting with each other and members of Dorothy’s daughter Margaret (Warren) Newton’s family. To view the clip, click here.
Also on YouTube: Margaret (Warren) Newton’s memories of her aunt Lillian Maude Wills, her reminiscences about her uncle Eric Victor Wills, and her memories of her Aunt Leila, wife of Reginald Arthur Wills. All three recordings were made on November 28, 2011.
Anyone with an interest in or more information about the G.S.V. Wills family line is welcome to contact Colin at e-mail: inclusive (dot) solutions @ me (dot) com.