Born in 1883 at Woodford, son of Thomas (Domestic Gardener) and Sarah Willingale. 1891: With his family at Valley Cottages Salway Hill, Woodford Green. 1901: An Under Stockman, still with his family at 2 Valley Cottages. A pupil at Churchfields School. In 1907 he married Ada Stephenson in Yorkshire. His father died in 1909, and his mother continued to live at Valley Cottages with her daughters Elizabeth and Anne. 1911: Christian was a Plant Hawker, living with his wife and children Samuel and Edna at 41 Bruce Terrace, Bruce Street, Sheffield.
On 15th September 1918 British Forces captured Maissemy 5 miles north west of St Quentin during the allied “100 Days Offensive”. On this day Christian Willingale and A/Bombadier John Lee were Killed in Action and buried at Attilly to the south of Maissemy. His Commanding Officer wrote that as they were preparing a position, a shell fell close by, and this cost Christian Willingale his life.
Research by Adrian Lee, Local Historian