WILLS, Richard Lloyd Joseph
Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
Honours & Awards:
Thursday, September 25, 1969
Captain Richard Wills was awarded the MC for gallant and distinguished services in the field. (LG Supplement 37484, page 1170.)
In the book Storm from the Sea the author, Brig. Peter Young, wrote that the award was made post war for those captured at Berneval, Dieppe. There is an additional reference to this in our entry for Gunner Hubert Wadsworth.
Extract from a letter written by Capt. Wills
Commando Association newsletter 29 of September 1959
"I have recently been to France and visited Berneval. I saw the Bera family who have the Cafe de la Mer a few yards from our monument. There were flowers in front of it and they told me there were flowers every day, winter and summer. They were very kind and most touching, and made me stay for some time while they picked a vast bunch of flowers from a nearby garden for me to place on the monument. Our landing really seems to have been the biggest thing in the war for them as the actual invasion by-passed them, and the memory of it is still very much alive. In particular of course, the names that meant a great deal to me were those of Snowy Rhodes, my batman, and Ed Loustalot, the American Lieutenant. I naturally visited the gully up which we went from the beach, and also the cleft in the cliffs where some of us finished up at the end of the battle."
In June 1961 he was appointed CBE. (LG Supplement 42370, page 4154.)
More can be read about Richard Wills by following this link to an entry on the website of the Moretonhampstead History Society.
His death was announced in the Obituaries of Commando Association Newsletter 50 of March 1970.
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