Tom Wallis, who died at Walsall on 27th February 1975, joined the 7th Hussars in 1910 and served with the Regiment in Mesopotamia in 1917-18.

He remained with the Regiment till 1933 and was, for some years, Regimental Rough Riding Sergeant-Major.

In this rank, he was responsible, under the Equitation Officer for all riding instruction in the Regiment. He was a fine and strong horseman, and it was on Chelsea, which he trained and rode regularly, that Capt Jack Talbot Ponsonby won the King’s Cup for Show Jumping at Olympia in 1929 and 1930.

After leaving the Regiment in 1933 he joined the Permanent Staff of The Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry and was Regimental Sergeant-Major from 1935-41. When this fine Regiment, which owed much to his example, went to the Middle East, he was commissioned into the Royal Military Police.

After the war, he worked in the Inland Revenue Office at Newark for some years.

As a man, he was very well-liked and will be remembered by older 7th Hussars as an outstanding personality, and a particularly generous host in the Sergeants’ Mess.

He died after a long illness, which he fought with great courage.

Related topics

  1. A Short History of The 7th Hussars
  2. Timeline: Mesopotamia 1917-18