ALM (Les) Willis

Alexander Leslie Murray Willis

Les Willis in 1945

Alexander Leslie Murray Willis
17 Sep 1888 – 30 Aug 1956

Worked at:

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.

ALM Willis

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

Unknown

Christchurch: Chief Postmaster, Apr 1944 – 31 Mar 1945 (retirement)

Links:

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