Peter William-Powlett, who died on 10th September 1988, was born on 22nd October 1903 the son of Major Barton William-Powlett of Ottery St Mary Devon.

Educated at Winchester he was commissioned into the 7th Hussars in 1924. A keen horseman, he played in the final of the Subaltern’s Cup against the 17th Lancers.

He resigned from the regiment in 1928 and went to work in Montreal Canada. Two years later he returned to the UK and joined the stockbroking firm Messel and Co. becoming a partner in 1934.

He married in 1935 in Henry VlI Chapel Westminster Abbey, Katherine daughter of the later Admiral of the Fleet Lord Keyes, GCB, KCVO, CMG, DSO.

At the outbreak of World War II he was sent to join the 3rd Hussars at Tidworth – the 7th Hussars, being in Egypt – and finally, he became a 3rd Hussar.

He was awarded an MC in 1940 the Regiment then being part of the 7th Armd Div.

He was unlucky enough to be sent as Squadron Leader of ‘B’ Squadron 3rd Hussars, to the Far East in 1942. Taken prisoner in Java in March 1942 he was transferred to Japan in October of that year and finally released in September 1945.

He is survived by his widow and two children to whom we extend our deepest sympathies.

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