Anthony L P Willmore enlisted into The Junior Leaders Regiment Royal Armoured Corps in September 1966.
He passed out to The 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers in December 1968 going to Fallingbostel in Germany early January 1969.
After passing P Company and jumping training in 1970, Trooper Willmore was posted to The Parachute Squadron, Royal Armoured Corp, where he served until 1973.
Lance Corporal Willmore returned to The 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers in served with B Squadron in Cyprus, where Corporal Willmore was seriously wounded during operations involved with the Turkish invasion in 1974.
Pronounced fit for duty in 1976, Cpl Willmore returned to his regiment this time in Germany and was soon promoted to Sergeant.
In 1977 Sgt Willmore was one of 8 members from his Regiment to be awarded the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.
He continued through the ranks and was appointed Regimental Sergeant Major in 1989.
RSM Willmore was commissioned in 1990 and almost immediately deployed on Operation Desert Storm, the first Gulf War.
The 16th/5th The Queen's Royal Lancers and the 17/21 Lancers amalgamated in 1993 and he was appointed to be the first Quartermaster Technical of the Queens's Royal Lancers.
Promoted to Major in 1996, Major Willmore and carried out various appointments until his retirement in 2006.
On retirement Maj Willmore became a member of The Combined Cadet Force and now and supports Joint Services Adventure Training.
In 2014, Maj Willmore was lead instructor to a multi-national team from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps on an expedition to transit the route taken by the "Heroes of Telemark" in Norway. In 2016 he is planning to support a further four expeditions.
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