Remembering R4/0666436 Pte Jesse Willoughby, ASC

It is not my intention for this website to become an advertising outlet for eBay, but when items belonging to a named member of the BSF appear for sale, it would be a shame not to give him a mention. It always saddens me when these things are no longer in the possession of the family, but hopefully these will go to a good, appreciative home.

A genuine House Clearance Dealer lot being a WW1 Medal group to a Soldier who was KIA in Salonika in 1917. All items contained in a tobacco tin which came near to being thrown out!…..Comprises of a BWM & Victory with original Ribbons plus a uniform photo (ASC), a dog tag ,a letter from his aunt to his Mother re his Death notice, a gilded ASC badge with a brooch fixing, (probably his original badge turned into a mourning brooch by his Mother) and a small religious medallion. Lastly a small registered envelope…..R4.0666436 Pte J. Willoughby, ASC. Was with the British Salonika Force. He was killed in March 1917 on the Doiran Front. Worthy of further research.

You can see photos of all the items online here:

  • [link to eBay no longer live]

But hurry, the sale ends on Wednesday 1st November!

Private Willoughby served with 42nd Remount Section, Army Service Corps. He died on 4th March 1917, aged 24, and is buried in Lembet Road Cemetery in Thessaloniki. His family lived Wiltshire. He may well have been a casualty of the German air raid on 29th General Hospital (see also this post).


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Author: scswebeditor

Robin Braysher joined the SCS in 2003 and from 2008 has been the Society's web editor. His interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Fred, who served as a cyclist with the BSF from 1915 to 1917, mainly in the Struma valley. Robin hands over the role in October 2021 to Andy Hutt. Andy's interest in the campaign comes from his grandfather, Arthur, who served as a Royal Engineer from 1916-1918. All posts prior to February 2021 are by Robin. Opinions expressed in these posts are personal and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Society.

One thought on “Remembering R4/0666436 Pte Jesse Willoughby, ASC”

  1. It didn’t look as if there was much interest in this, with just one bid at £95. In the end, though, there was a flurry of activity – 14 bids in all – and it went for £245. It’s good to think that it was saved from being lost and that young Jesse Willoughby will not be forgotten.

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