2nd Lt Stephen Osbert Geoffrey Willson


1899 Dec 7. Born Peterborough, Northants

1901 census at Peterborough

1911 census in Peterborough

1917 Sep 3. Entered RFC

RAF Record

RAF Record OR

1919 Mar 1. Discharged from RAF. Commission on discharge

1920 Jul 23. Attested as a Private in Royal Artillery . His father was William T Wilson of Manor House, Dogsthorpe, Northants. He was previously a commissioned officer in RAF

1920 Dec 9. Discharged from RA and went on to join RIC on his RA record

1920 Dec 15. Joined ADRIC with service no 1256. Posted to L Coy

1921 Jun 15. Resignation accepted after 6 months service

1926 Dec 7. Married Ellen Pattinson Winfrey

1920s Ran the family business.

Willson’s Canadian Pig Powders (c.1920s ?) An advertising card issued by Peterborough’s Stephen Willson who was the sole trader of his Canadian Pig Powders that promised to “cure ills, prevent disease and make pigs more profitable” ! The Willson family can be traced back to Alford, Lincolnshire born Stephen John Willson who moved to the city in the 1880s and was operating as a chemist on Park Road in the early 1890s. Stephen’s son William Tate Willson started out as an agricultural labourer before adapting his father’s pharmaceutical skills to establish a cattle medicine manufacturing business at 7 Lime Tree Avenue by the start of the 1900s. The address also claimed to be home to “a big experimental piggery” ! William’s son Stephen Osbert Geoffrey Willson (born 1900) appears to have taken the business on in the 1920s still operating from the same address.

1936 Oct. He has a cigar stolen

1939 Register. Living at 33 Westwood Park Road , Peterborough M.B., Northamptonshire, with wife Ellen. He is a cattle medicine manufacturer

1959 May 19. Died at Peterborough