Mr James Willis, a Crimean veteran, died yesterday at his residence, Belfast. Mr Willis belonged to the Buckingham militia, but in 1854 volunteered for service in the 71st Regiment, just leaving for the front. He saw service in the trenches before Sebastopol, and received the Crimean medal with Sebastopol clasp, and the Turkish medal.
Mr Willis came to New Zealand in 1872, and lived principally in the Papanui district. He leaves a widow, a son and daughter.
Press, Volume LXI, Issue 11968, 22 August 1904, Page 6