William Worsley

Medals awarded

  • 1914 Star
  • British War Medal 1914-20
  • Victory Medal 1914-19
  • War Medal 1939-45
  • Defence Medal 1939-45
  • King George VI Coronation Medal 1937
  • Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal 1953
  • Special Constabulary Long Service Medal

Sir William Worsley was born (5 April 1890) and died (4 December 1973) at Hovingham Hall, York.

Following in his father’s footsteps he was commissioned into the regiment in 1912.

Whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion he was wounded in the neck during the first Battle of Ypres on the 31st October 1914.

He was taken prisoner at Gheluvelt near Ypres and was not repatriated until January 1919.

Worsley captained Yorkshire County Cricket Club in 1928 and 1929, his only seasons of first-class cricket.

He was recalled from the Reserve in 1939 during the Second World War and was employed at the Regimental Depot until 1941. He was Zone Commander of the Home Guard 1941-45. From 1945 to 1951 he was County Cadet Commandant ACF North Riding.

Sir William became Sir William Arthur Worsley in 1936 and also served as Lord Lieutenant of the North Riding of Yorkshire from 1951 to 1965. He married Joyce Brunner, their daughter married Prince Edward, Duke of Kent.