Children's Hospice - Cpl Lilly and Pt Stevens
Corporal Maurice Lilly lived here until 1911, when he was 13. His father, George, a general smith and plumber, ran his business from here. Maurice was the youngest of eleven children. He embarked for France in April 1917 and was killed in action by German shell fire on the front line at Carvin in July 1918. He was 20 years of age.
Corporal Lilly’s brothers also served. Wallace Lilly served in India, Frank in Italy, and William and George were invalided out of the army after seeing action in Mesopotamia.
During World War One, Frederick (a coachman) and Emma Stevens and their family lived here. One of their sons was Private Reginald Stevens, who was in the 10th Mechanical Transport of the Army Service Corps and served in France and Flanders. He gained the Victory Medal and the British War Medal.
Image ©Wells Journal, 26th July 1918
For more information on Maurice Lilly, "Lest we forget... The men on the Wells War Memorial who died in the Great War" by Sue Curragh and Pete Trueman - available for purchase