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G. S. V. Wills book now available on Archives.org

GSV Wills Family – image from my copy of the Jubilee souvenir book

Just a quick heads-up to let folks know that the book A Jubilee Souvenir: The Work of G. S. V. Wills and the Westminster College of Chemistry and Pharmacy is now available for viewing on Archives.org.

Some may recall that I uploaded all the pages to this blog a number of years ago. I guess I am free to delete those pages now!!!

For past posts on the George Sampson Valentine Wills family, please use the search box or click on “Wills” in the left column under “Surnames.”

 

 

 

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George Sampson Valentine Wills

Just a quick post for this pre-fourth-of-July Monday:

Have a good holiday, all!

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George Sampson Valentine Wills’ Memoirs

Here is George Sampson Valentine Wills’ self-published memoir, A Jubilee Souvenir. The Work of George S.V. Wills and The Westminster College of Chemistry and Pharmacy, which dates back to February 1899. The copyright is expired, so I will be photographing pages (20-30 at a time) and publishing them here. Check back periodically as I will be adding to this post until all 200+ pages are included. For past posts on G.S.V. Wills and his family, please click on the surname Wills in the categories column. Note: Anyone who would like to avoid downloading the pages can contact me via the email address in the About page. I can send the pages to you in zip files.

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More on G.S.V. Wills

Further to the earlier post about G.S.V. Wills, I am posting a few photographs from his self-published work, The Works of George S. V. Wills and The Westminster College of Chemistry and Pharmacy (dated February 14, 1899). (Note: the initials G.S.V. stand for George Sampson Valentine; George for his grandfather George Wills, Sampson for his great grandfather Sampson Wills, and Valentine because he was born on Valentine’s Day.) According to his preface, the occasion for writing the book was four-fold: he was about to celebrate “his Jubilee Birthday, his Silver Wedding Anniversary, the coming of age of his only son, and the 25th year of the establishment of the Westminster College”.

As time goes on, I will endeavor to scan the book in its entirety for posting on this blog (the copyright is long expired). But for now, here are the few photographs that appear in the book. The first is of GSV Wills with his family. Unfortunately there are no explanations as to who’s who, though he does mention earlier in the text that he married a “Miss Goode” (September 30, 1874) so we can presume that she is seated to his right. Update (12/7/11): from details kindly supplied by Colin Newton, we can do our best to piece together who’s who. Front row: Lucy A. (Goode) Wills, Beatrice A. Wills (b. 1888), G.S.V. Wills. Rear: Son Harry Sampson Wills (b. 1878) is surrounded by his sisters Georgina (b. 1876), Edith (b. 1880), and Lillian Maude (b. 1882). Unfortunately, the sisters are so close in age, it’s hard to guess which daughter is which.

Next are two of the homes he resided in. The first one pictured was located in Southwark. From there, the book says he “removed to Tulse Hill and thence South Croydon”. The other photo is of the South Croydon house. I always wonder whether such buildings are still standing. On a lark, I went on Google Streetview and quickly came upon a house at 27 Croham Road CR2 next to an embankment. I’d be willing to bet that this was GSV Wills’ home. Take a look and see what you think. Even the chimneys of the house next door look identical to those in the book’s photo. I think I have found the one in Southwark as well. Go on Google Streetview to the corner of St. George’s Road and Gladstone Road. It is most definitely the same house. Amazing how we can see what streets look like half way around the world!!!

Lastly, I am including an obituary notice dated May 6, 1932, that I found tucked in the back of the book.

GSV Wills Family

GSV Wills House in Southwark

GSV Wills House in South Croydon

GSV Wills obituary notice, 6 May 1932

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