Thomas Percy Wills and Frederick Abbott
Posted: 28th Aug 2018
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Frederick Abbott (1885-1918) Thomas Percy Wills (1886-1916)

Brothers-in-law Frederick and Thomas came from the Burnley Wood and Healey Wood areas of the town. Frederick’s wife’s youngest brother Thomas served in the Navy. Frederick is pictured on the left.

Both men were to die in the war. Thomas was lost (together with all 857 hands) when the cruiser, the Black Prince, was sunk at the Battle of Jutland in 1916. Frederick was killed in 1918. His brother Nathaniel was also killed in the war.