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(1908-1988), Judge

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Sir John Ramsay Willis, by Godfrey Argent - NPG x165891

Sir John Ramsay Willis

by Godfrey Argent
bromide print, 19 February 1969
NPG x165891


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Nick Ringrose

05 December 2019, 12:13

Adding to Robert Lindsay’s Post:
Jack Willis lived near Aldburgh but in Snape, in a lovely country cottage called Waterfields. He was married to my late grandmother Lady Barbers Willis (Barbie) and get spent his last years happily tending to his pastoral estate, whizzing around on his ride-on mower cutting pathways across the water meadows! Between cigars he was often seen with either a whiskey in hand, or sampling some of his home-made wine that he liked to create. At the dinner table he would opine his open hatred for Americans and put the world to rights with his keen legal mind.

Robert Lindsay

24 February 2018, 15:13

My name is Robert Lindsay and I was marshall to Sir Ramsey Willis (known as Jack) on the South East circuit in October to December 1971 (The last year of the assizes) and we stayed at Judges Lodgings in Norwich, Chelmsford, Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge,(Trinity College), Hertford. He had been at the parliamentary Bar before being made a Queens Bench High Court judge. He fought in the Second World War (I think in the signals), was married to Barbsi Willis and lived in Aldeburgh, Suffolk and knew Benjamin Britten who lived there. Jack was a firm honourable and much respected Judge, I do still have an unpublished article and photos of the last assizes which he did with Sir Patrick O'Connor if you wish to see it.

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