The Rev. E. A. Willis was appointed as the newly founded English Tiddlywinks Association’s first Secretary-General on 12 June 1958 at the first World Tiddlywinks Congress held in the Cambridge, England, Guildhall. Cambridge University and Oxford University were principal participants at this congress. He lived in Richmond, Surrey at the time. [efn_note]Birmingham Daily Post, 13 June 1958, Midland South edition, page 9, column 6.[/efn_note]
In 21 November 1891, just a few years after tiddlywinks was invented, Edgar Ambrose Willis was born in Enfield, Middlesex, England to parents Mary and Ambrose Robinson Willis, who in 1904 was a professor at the Royal College of Science and lived at Addison Gardens in Kensington in London.
Edgar was a Capitation Scholar at St. Paul’s School in London, admitted in April 1904 and graduating in 1910.
- The Admissions Registers of St. Paul’s School to 1876 to 1905, page 456.
- The Pauline Magazine, July 1963, published by St. Paul’s School in London.
He was awarded a B.Sc. [Bachelor of Science] from Imperial College in C. & G. C. [City and Guilds Engineering College]
Employed on tank design during the First World War, Eggs was not destined to remain an engineer for long. He had often been invited as a lay preacher to take services in both Anglican and Free Churches, and in 1927 the Ickenham Congregational Church asked him to become their full-time Minister. He gave up his profession as an engineer, and while officiating at Ickenham he took a course of training at New College, London, to become a Congregational Minister. The Pauline Magazine, July 1963, published by St. Paul’s School in London.Willis regularly held holiday parties at Oakley Hall School in Cirencester, England, where he “used his great gift of cultivating spiritual friendship.”
Role in Tiddlywinks
According to Anthony Lloyd:
Peter Downes of CUTwC asked Willis to write the Tiddlywinks Anthem, to be sung on 1 March 1958 at the CUTwC vs. Goons match. However, Willis wasn’t present at the Goons match.
Willis authored the Tiddlywinks Anthem in February 1958, prior to the CUTwC vs. Goons match and after the United States launched the first Explorer satellite on 31 January 1958.
At the CUTwC vs. Goons match on 1 March 1958 at the Guildhall in Cambridge, England:
After CUTwC had won the match:
Subsequently, Downes invited Willis to attend the World Tiddlywinks Congress in June 1958, where Willis was selected to be the first ETwA Secretary-General.
In 1928 he wrote The Quiet Adventure. A book for boys about prayer.
Willis died died on April 20, 1963, in Cirencester, Gloustershire, England, when he was 71 years old.