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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Willis
WILLIS, Cdr William John Adlam (1894-1982)
Created 1935-1937
Level of description
collection level
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 file


Administrative / Biographical history

Born in 1894; educated at Royal Navy Hospital School, Greenwich; joined RN, 1909; wounded at Battle of Jutland, 1916; commissioned, 1918; served on Home, Mediterranean and China Stations, 1918-[1931]; Lt, 1921; Lt Cdr, 1929; training duties, HMS PEMBROKE, 1931; New Entry Officer, RN Barracks, Chatham, 1935-1937; Chief Constable of Rochester, 1937-1940; Chief Constable of Bedfordshire, 1940-1953; Deputy Lieutenant, Bedfordshire, 1951-1961, and Suffolk, 1964-1982; HM Inspector of Constabulary, 1953-1964; died in 1982.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers relating to training in the RN, 1935-1937, principally comprising unsigned text on 'The training of seamen', [1936]; copies of Willis' letters to the Training Commander, RN Barracks, Chatham, concerning the training of new entries, 1935-1936.

System of arrangement

1 file.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material
Finding aids

This Summary Guide, and in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives



Decorations: CBE, MVO, CGM, KPM

Description control

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

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  • Armed forces
  • Higher science education
  • International relations
  • Military education
  • Military organizations
  • Organizations
  • State security

Corporate names

  • RN, Royal Navy


  • Chatham, Kent, England
  • London, England

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