Collection WILLIS - WILLIS, Cdr William John Adlam (1894-1982)

Key Information

Reference code



WILLIS, Cdr William John Adlam (1894-1982)


  • 1935-1937 (Creation)

Level of description



1 file

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.

General Information

Name of creator


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.

Custodial history

Presented to the Centre by the family in 1984.

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 from open material for research purposes only.

Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, via the Archives.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Finding aids

This collection level description.

Related descriptions


Decorations: CBE, MVO, CGM, KPM

Alternative identifier(s)

People and Organisations

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000.


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