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1888. They lived at 18, Charles Street, Brecon. Her father was also in the South Wales Borderers, ex Sergeant Major Hooton who had served in the Zulu campaign of 1879 and was one of the most respected townsmen. At the time of their marriage Willie was a sergeant living at the Barracks in Aldershot and by the 1911 census he was age 32 and a colour sergeant in the South Wales Borderers living in the barracks in Bradford.
At the outbreak of war Willie was with the 2nd Battalion in Tientsin, China, and participated with the Japanese army in the capture of Tsing-
A year later, the battalion was in Flanders, and on 15 August moved up into front-
Captain Willie Ross
South Wales Borderers 2nd Battalion, service no. 6082
Killed in Action 8th August 1917, aged 38
Commemorated at Artillery Wood Cemetery, Belgium
then warrant officer, lieutenant and captain.
His service records show the he had been in the South Wales Borderers during the 2nd Boer War in South Africa and received the South Africa Medal with the Cape Colony and Orange Free State Clasps.
Willie was stationed at the depot in Brecon for a long time and was well known in the town. He married Mary Caroline Victoria Hooton in Brecon on 28th September 1907 in St Mary’s Church. She was the daughter of Samuel and Margaret Hooton and was born in Brecon in
Willie was born and baptised in September 1879 in Bradford, Yorkshire. He was the second child of William and Ann Ross. William,
his father, worked as a dyer’s labourer and later a dyer's finisher. The family had moved to Bramley by 1891 but William continued in the same trade.
By 1901 Willie has left home and has joined the south Wales Borderers as a young man and by dint of good soldiering rose from the ranks to become a captain. He was promoted to company sergeant major in early 1915,