Camera Workers, 1858-1950

The British Columbia, Alaska and Yukon Photographic Directory, 1858-1950

Wills, John Kerle[1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17]

Male 1884 - 1962  (77 years)


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  • Name Wills, John Kerle 
    • VARIANT NAME: Willis, John Kerle; Wills, John Karle.
    Born 13 May 1884  London, Eng., UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3, 18
    • A medical form in his CEF personnel file gives a birth day of 13 May 1883.
    Gender Male 
    Business Address/Year 1921-1923  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1177 Granville St.
    Elite Studio
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Business Address/Year 1924  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address undetermined but likely 1177 Granville St. 
    Business Address/Year 1925  Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Address:
    1177 Granville St.
    Vancouver, BC
    Canada 
    Died 17 Feb 1962  North Vancouver, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 18
    Cremated 21 Feb 1962  Ocean View Crematorium, Burnaby, BC Find all individuals with events at this location  [18, 19
    • According to Find A Grave, his grave is at Victory Memorial Park, Surrey, BC.
    Association Elite Studio (Vancouver : II) (Relationship: Proprietor) 
    Person ID I1935  Camera Workers | W, vol. 2, 1901-1950
    Last Modified 6 Apr 2021 

  • Notes 
    • STATUS: Commercial.
    • BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Both he and father, also named John Kerle Wills, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force: the son in Jan 1916 and the father in Jul 1916. The son served in France, was wounded and discharged in Jul 1919.
      His father claimed to be 45 and gave his son's age as 30, which would mean the father would have been 14 when his oldest child was born. More likely was that he lied about his age, which was the case as a medical form gives his birth date as 21 Dec 1858.
      According to the 1921 Canada census the son immigrated in 1902. He operated the Elite Studio [II] (1922-1924) in Vancouver, then went solo at the same address.

  • Sources 
    1. [S730] Personnel Records of the First World War (Web site), (Library and Archives Canada).
      Wills, John Kerle
      Regimental number: 706454
      URL (accessed 5 Apr 2021): https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/personnel-records/Pages/item.aspx?IdNumber=316036

    2. [S339] Voters List, (Victoria, B.C.: Province of British Columbia, 1874-), Ref. NW 324.1 B862., 1920, 1924 (Willis).
      Vancouver

    3. [S917] Census of Canada 1921.
      Indexed as Wills, John Karle
      Province of BC, District no. 23, Enumeration sub-district no. 17 in Municipality of South Vancouver, p. 19, line 19

    4. [S752] HENVAN19, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1919).
      Vancouver: not listed

    5. [S738] WRI19, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1919).
      Vancouver: not listed

    6. [S753] HENVAN20, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1920), 1032.
      Vancouver: Wills John K h 4451 Walden

    7. [S739] WRI20, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1920).
      Vancouver: not listed

    8. [S754] HENVAN21, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1921), 1138.
      Vancouver: Wills John K of Elite Studio h 4451 Walden

    9. [S741] WRI21, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1921).
      Vancouver: not listed

    10. [S755] HENVAN22, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1922), 1206.
      Vancouver: Wills John K prop Elite Studio h 4451 Walden

    11. [S742] WRI22, (Vancouver, BC: Wrigley Directories, c1922), 1033.
      Vancouver: Wills J K prop Elite Studio 1177 Granville

    12. [S756] HENVAN23, (Vancouver: Henderson Directory Co., 1923), 1316.
      Vancouver: Wills John K prop Elite Studio h 4451 Walden

    13. [S809] WRI23, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1923), 1572.
      Vancouver: Wills John K prop Elite Studio h 4451 Walden

    14. [S757] WRI24, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1924), 1140.
      Vancouver: Wills John K photog h 4451 Walden

    15. [S758] WRI25, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1925), 1222.
      Vancouver: Wills John K photog 1177 Granville h 4451 Walden

    16. [S759] WRI26, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1926), 1327.
      Vancouver: Wills John K h 4451 Walden

    17. [S760] WRI27, (Vancouver: Wrigley Directories, 1927), 1386.
      Vancouver: Wills John K meats 2245 S Cambie h 4451 Walden

    18. [S652] BVIPA death registration index.
      Registration no. 1962-09-002774 (microfilm B13255); digital facsimile URL (accessed 5 Apr 2021): http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Image/Genealogy/fe61b179-3644-48de-a645-b67f191d5a9c

    19. [S832] Find a Grave (Web site).
      John Kerle Wills
      URL (accessed 5 Apr 2021): https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/202287642/john-kerle-wills