W Willis



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    Northamptonshire Yeomanry


Trooper W Willis was serving with the 2/1 Northamptonshire Yeomanry when he passed through Peterborough East Station on 7 October 1916.  He wrote a poem in the visitors’ book: “A woman wants but little here below, and is not hard to please.  But a man bless his little heart, wants everything he see’s”.

The 2/1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry was formed as a second-line regiment in September 1914.  In November 1915 it came under the orders of 59th (2nd North Midland) Division near St Albans, before starting to split up in April 1916.  The Regimental HQ and A Squadron were placed under the orders of 69th Division in Yorkshire and the other squadrons were sent variously to 67th Division in Kent from October 1916, to France in winter 1916-17 and absorbed into the Tank Corps around August 1917, one of the home squadrons was absorbed into 6th Reserve Cavalry Regiment at Tidworth in March 1917 and the other disbanded.

We have been unable to trace any military records for Trooper Willis.  Could he be a relative of yours?  Can you help us to find out more about him?

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