Alexander Leslie Murray Willis
17 Sep 1888 – 30 Aug 1956
Culverden: Messenger Boy, 1905, aged 16
Timaru: Cadet, Learners’ Gallery, 1906, aged 17
Napier Telegraph Office: Cadet, 1907, aged 18
Cadet (Eighth class) 1909
Telegraphist (Seventh class) 1912
Christchurch: Telegraphist (Radio) 1913
Awarua Radio: Officer in Charge, 18 Dec 1913 – 31 Mar 1914, then telegraphist following the arrival of JL Davies as Officer in Charge.
Military service: Embarked Oct 1915 for Egypt with rank of Corporal in the Otago Infantry Battalion. Returned as 2nd Lieutenant in 1918.
The Star, 6 July 1918, p 8
Mrs Willis, of 4-2, Straven Street, Riccarton, has received a cable message from her son, Lieutenant A.L.M. Willis (Military Medal), that ho is returning home, after being in hospital in England, Lieutenant Willis left with the Seventh Reinforcements and saw service in Egypt and France. Before enlisting he was on the staff of the wireless station at Awarua.
Wellington Radio: Telegraphist, from 1920
Awanui Radio: Senior operator, from 1921
Chatham Islands Radio: Superintendent, from 16 February 1923
Wellington Radio: Superintendent, from 1927
Kaikoura: Postmaster, from 1929
Te Aroha: Postmaster, from 1934
Rotorua: Postmaster, from 1935
Dunedin: Deputy Chief Postmaster, from 1938
Timaru: Chief Postmaster, 1939-1941
Christchurch: Chief Postmaster, Apr 1944 – 31 Mar 1945 (retirement)