British Army Officers
1939-1945

 

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Oakeshott,
John Field Fraser
J.F.F. Oakeshott
02.09.1899
-
04.10.1957
Wallingford, Berkshire
2nd Lt.
20.09.1918
..
...
T/Brig.
30.09.1942
20.09.1918


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery
25.11.1939
-
29.03.1942
Assistant Director of Ordnance Services, War Office
Oakley,
Henry Percival Benjamin
"Ben"
H.P.B. Oakley
Married (22.12.1951, Chelsea district, London) Joyce Ellen Simmons, earlier married to Glyn Wyndham Phillips-Salisbury, daughter of James John Cullen Simmons, and Edith Simmons.
06.02.1899
Newcastle upon Tyne
-
01.1980
Clapham, Lambeth district, London
Lt. 06.09.1940 (reld < 04.1946)
Hon. Lt. < 04.1946
Played trombone with Jack Payne's Orchestra, and with Jack Hylton's Band - the 'Barnstormers', and others! He also played trumpet.
06.09.1940     commissioned, Pioneer Corps [emergency commission]
      Bandmaster of The Royal Pioneer Corps Band
Oates,
Harry Reginald
H.R. Oates (Photo courtesy of Mr Patrick Davet)
H.R. Oates (Photo courtesy of Mr Patrick Davet)
Son of William Howard Oates (1866-1926), railway employee, and Winifred Taylor (1869-1948).
Married (05.06.1926, Le Havre, Haute-Normandie, France) Andrée Marie Henriette Launay (1905 - 1991); one daughter, one son.
12.08.1894
Toxteth Park, Liverpool, Lancashire
-
13.07.1965
Paris, France
Lt. 03.09.1939 [102736]
T/Capt. 19.03.1940-16.11.1942
WS/Capt. 17.11.1942 (reld > 08.1946, < 12.1946)
T/Maj. 17.11.1942-(08.1946)
Junior Railway Clerk (1911). Served in the ranks (Sapper) in the Royal Engineers, 1914-1920.
03.09.1939     commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]
Director of Gudgeon Trading Co., Paris.
O'Brien,
Arthur Charles [Michael]
"Mike"
A.C. O'Brien

Son of ... O'Brien, and ... Tight.
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
06.06.1915
Poplar district, London
-
08.1992
Isle of Wight
(buried Talbot Village, Dorset)
Wt.Offr. Cl. III ?
Lt. 14.09.1940 [147461] (reld 23.09.1943; ill-health, caused by wounds)
T/Capt. 02.06.1942-23.09.1943
Hon. Capt. 23.09.1943
      served in the ranks, Royal Fusiliers
14.09.1940     commissioned, The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) [emergency commission]
O'Brien,
D P
D.P. O'Brien (Photo courtesy of Mr Charles Hawkshaw-Burn)
?
-
2nd Lt.
?
Maj.
(1947)
?
-
?
?
(1947)
 
 
HQ Southern Command (Poona, India)
O'Brien,
[Sir] Richard
R. O'Brien
R. O'Brien
R. O'Brien

15.02.1920
Chesterfield
-
11.12.2009
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 15.03.1941 [177794]
WS/Lt. 15.09.1942
T/Capt. 14.06.1944-(04.1946)
Knight Bachelor Kt 1980 ?

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 10.05.1945 Italy
Military Cross MC 28.01.1943 Middle East (Egypt and Libya)
Military Cross MC 20.07.1944 Italy
     

either 162nd, 164th, 165th or 166th Officer Cadet Training Unit

15.03.1941     commissioned, The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment) [emergency commission]
(1943) - (1944) 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters
(1945)     attached, 2nd/5th Battalion The Leicestershire Regiment (Italy)
1945 - 1946 personal assistant to Field Marshal Sir Bernard Montgomery
Ockenden,
the Rev. Frank
F. Ockenden (Photo courtesy of Mr Andrew M. Ockenden)
Eldest son of Frank Ockenden (1880-1942), and Alice Hanks (1881-1968).
Married (15.07.1935, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) Ruby Lilian Andrews (13.09.1908 -14.11.1997), daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Andrews; two sons, three daughters.
16.10.1906
Islington, London
-
09.06.2006
Dewsbury, Yorkshire
Chaplain to the Forces (4th class) [ranking as Capt.] 10.04.1943 [266372] (reld 07.1946)
10.04.1943     commissioned, Royal Army Chaplains' Department (Methodist) [emergency commission]
22.04.1943 - 08.1943 15th Reconnaissance Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps
08.1943 - 25.06.1944 119th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
26.06.1944 - 02.07.1944 197th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
02.07.1944 - 30.07.1944 193rd Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
30.07.1944 - 07.08.1944 7th Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders
07.08.1944 - 12.08.1944 Cameronians
12.08.1944 - ? 194th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps
? - 17.10.1944 119th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Artillery
17.10.1944 - 07.08.1945 33rd Casualty Clearing Station, Royal Army Medical Corps
07.08.1945 - 19.09.1945 224th Field Company, Royal Engineers
19.09.1945 - 07.1946 67th (British) Military Hospital, Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army of the Rhine (Rendsburg)

My Father : Frank Ockenden. My father was born on October 16th 1906. The son of a Londoner whose family originated in Epsom, and had married a girl, Alice, from Birmingham, he was the oldest of the three children born to them. Frank was born in Islington – almost a Cockney. As a young boy he was a diligent scholar and a thoughtful boy too, although he doubtless had his mischievous moments. He excelled at football and according to those that knew him well, he would doubtless have played for England. Leaving school he went to work in an architects office where his application and thorough attention to detail, brought him the respect of those more advanced in their training than him. He soon won the respect and approval of his bosses who were the partners in the company. In his late teens however he gave it all up to answer the call to be a minister of the Methodist church. For this he studied at the Methodist College in Handsworth, Birmingham, and followed this with a period of probation in the Dales of North Yorkshire. His rural surroundings were in stark contrast to the life he had known as a city boy in London and here, perhaps for the first time, he met amongst his congregations, folks who really believed their Bible to be the Inspired Word of God. It was the beginning of a lengthy period of consternation, in which he was to come to examine in close scrutiny, those tenets of the Christian faith which others had taught him at Theological College. After a time, he went as a missionary to Southern Rhodesia, and was, under the rules of the Methodist Church, unable to marry until a period of seven years had elapsed from his ordination. So he went alone and it was not until 1935, that the love of his life, Ruby, a London girl was able to go there and marry him in July of that year. In 1940, Frank and Ruby took their two children Mary and Andrew, home to England. Frank felt that he was called to the duty of becoming a chaplain in the Army, but it was not until 1943 that he was accepted. Not long after a second son, John had been born whilst the family were living at Hadnall in Shropshire, Frank was called away to start his training for Army life.  For the next four years he would be away serving in various regiments of the 15th Scottish Division, and preparing for the time that Europe would be liberated, following the Normandy landings and subsequent battles and actions, that took place in North Western Europe, and eventually entering Germany. As with many men, the war had a profound effect on my father. He has seldom spoken of his experiences. His small treasures from that era, have remained in an old ammunition box, which has recently been passed to me for safe keeping. Of the experiences he has spoken about, only three come readily to mind.  Firstly, when Belgium was liberated, he had addressed a small crowd at the Mennin Gate in Brussels, when the Nazi flag was taken down and the Belgian flag was raised. He with one of the soldiers of his Platoon had stood there and sung the British National Anthem – "God save the King." He has also mentioned that he spoke to Lord Haw Haw – William Joyce – when he had been captured and having been shot in the backside by a British soldier, needed hospital treatment. Lastly he has spoken of the friendships he made with members of a church in the town of Rendsburg, in Germany where he was billeted for some months at the end of the war, and prior to returning home in1946. These have been sound and abiding friendships, which he and my mother and the good people of Rendsburg have cherished, in the 58 years since the War ended. After his retirement, he and my mother visited the folks there several times, and sometimes the friends visited them here in England. My father had also been present when Belsen was liberated, and has spoken of a conversation he had, when the Brigadier had returned from the first visit there, and said to him, "Now Padré, tell me where there are any Christians left in Germany." It is perhaps not generally known to this day, that the British government of the day had plans for the re-Christianisation of Germany after the war. My father also broadcast church services over the Nordwestdeutsche Rundfunk. Following a complete re-think of the Christian ethic whilst a missionary in Southern Rhodesia, he wrote a leaflet called ‘From Darkness To Light’, telling of his eventual conversion to a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. From then on he approached his work with evangelical zeal, which was to bring him much criticism, and sometimes open conflict with members of various congregations. He has never accommodated modernist views of Christianity, and to this day believes the Bible implicitly as the divinely inspired written word of God. Ultimately this brought him into dispute with the Methodist leaders of the day and eventually he resigned after 39 years. There was however, a solid core of sympathy with him in Methodism, and a special resolution was approved by the Methodist Conference to allow him the pension, which was not his right until he had served for 40 years. He then became a Pastor of a free evangelical church. Eventually he handed over to a younger man, but continued to play the piano for services and church meetings, until he was over 90 years old. Five years ago, Ruby my mother died, after 61 years of marriage. She and my father had been children living in the same street, Duncombe Road in North London, and the blow was a cruel one to my father. In truth he has never really recovered from the loss of his precious darling who had supported him through all the hardships that came his way during and sometimes because of his ministry. Last year because of increasing frailty because of his years, Dad, had to give up his own home and move to a nursing home for the aged, where he can be properly cared for. The fact that he has the company of people around him has lifted him from the depression he has suffered since Mum died. He becomes increasingly frail but still has all his faculties. Not once has he opted for the easy road of watering down his Christian beliefs. He was quite a strict disciplinarian when we were young, and he was and is a believer in corporal and capital punishment. As I go through the things in his old ammunition box I am amazed at the things that must have imprinted themselves on his mind. One of the most profoundly moving things is to see the letters written after the war by some of the soldiers with whom he was proud to serve, and who clearly regarded him first as a friend then as a padré, and lastly as an officer. During my own service for twelve years in the Royal Air Force, I met two RAF Padrés, who had served with Dad during the war as Padrés in the Army. They remembered him well as a fundamentalist. They may have had a point, but I would rather think that he had a better understanding of what it was like to be a real Christian, and in a world that believes anything these days, he believes in the basic tenets of the true gospel of the New Testament. If that means being a fundamentalist so be it, but our clear instruction to love our neighbour as ourselves, requires the childlike approach that Jesus taught us we must have. True belief must begin where absolute proof is absent. I may not hold exactly the same beliefs as my father or the next chap, because all our experiences and the way we translate them are different. For my father I have the greatest respect and admiration. For me he is a real man and the one for whom I have the greatest love. He is my hero. I am so proud he is my Dad. I am his oldest son Andrew. August 2014.

O'Connor,
Harry Atkinson
"Pat"
H.A. O'Connor (Photo courtesy of Mrs Fiona Stephens)
Son of the Rev. Canon D. O'Connor, MA.
Married (22.05.1915, Lydd Parish, romney Marsh district, Kent) Constance Veronique Beseke (?-1967), widow of James George Watt, RN, youngest daughter of Charles Beseke, of Hickley Hall, Penarth; ... children (son Capt. Patrick FitzGerald O'Connor, HLI).
1893 ?
Ireland
-
21.12.1962
Marney Lodge, Higham, Suffolk
Prob. 2nd Lt. SRO 29.10.1913 [9100]
Lt. SRO ?
2nd Lt. 30.01.1916
13.10.1919, seniority 04.05.1915
Lt. 1917?
30.10.1919, seniority 01.07.1917 (retd 05.05.1926; receiving a gratuity)
T/Capt. 01.05.1920-...
Capt. 02.01.1925
WS/Maj. 09.06.1942
Bt. Maj. 04.01.1945
T/Lt.Col. 09.06.1942-(04.1946)
RAF:  
Lt. (KB) ?
Lt. (Dir) 28.08.1918 (reld 16.05.1919)
29.10.1913     commissioned, Royal Garrison Artillery - Royal Regiment of Artillery - Special Reserve of Officers
30.01.1916     commissioned, Royal Garrison Artillery - Royal Regiment of Artillery
16.08.1917 - 16.05.1919 seconded as Balloon Officer, Royal Air Force (Flying Branch)
01.05.1920     Station Staff Officer, 1st class (India)
17.11.1920     Staff Captain, Lahore Brigade Area (India)
08.01.1923     seconded for service with Indian Army Ordnance Corps
05.05.1926     Regular Army Reserve of Officers
24.08.1939     mobilized
O'Connor,
John Francis [Patrick]
J.F. O'Connor
06.10.1917
-
02.1993
De Meirionnydd district, Gwynedd, Wales
Navy:  
Midsh. (A) 16.01.1939 (appointment terminated 11.1939)
Army:  
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 05.07.1941 [194378]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
16.01.1939 - 14.05.1939 HMS Hermes (aircraft carrier) (Devonport) (for training)
15.05.1939 - (09.)1939 observers' course [HMS Excellent]
? - 05.07.1941 Officer Cadet Training Unit
05.07.1941     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
O'Connor,
Patrick FitzGerald
P.F. O'Connor (Photo courtesy of Mrs Fiona Stephens)
Son of Lt.Col. Harry Atkinson O'Connor, RA, and Constance Veronique Beseke, of Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Married (11.05.1946, Knightsbridge, Kensington district, London) Janet Rose, daughter of Mrs & Mrs Basil Lascelles Rose (1892-1953), and Mary Dorothy Handcock (1890-1967), of 159 Old Brompton Road, London, SW5.
04.02.1917
Stoke, Devonport district, Devon
-
10.02.1996
Shrewsbury district, Shropshire
2nd Lt. 28.01.1937 [71201]
Lt. 28.01.1940
A/Capt. 28.06.1942-27.09.1942
T/Capt. 28.09.1942-21.10.1943,
07.11.1943-25.08.1944
Capt. 01.07.1946 (half-pay 01.07.1947) (retd 01.07.1947)
Education: Dover College.
      from Supplementary Reserve of Officers
28.01.1937     commissioned, The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
? - ? ?
O'Connor,
Sir Richard Nugent
"Dick"
R.N. O'Connor R.N. O'Connor
R.N. O'Connor R.N. O'Connor
R.N. O'Connor R.N. O'Connor
R.N. O'Connor R.N. O'Connor
R.N. O'Connor 
Son of Major Maurice Nugent O'Connor, Royal Irish Fusiliers.
Married 1st (1935) Jean (died 1959), daughter of Sir Walter Ross, KBE, of Cromarty.
Married 2nd (1963) Dorothy, widow of Brigadier Hugh Russell, DSO.

21.08.1889
Srinagar, Kashmir, India
-
17.06.1981 
King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, London
2nd Lt.
18.09.1909 [936]
Lt.
06.05.1911
Capt.
11.03.1915
Bt. Maj.
01.01.1917
Maj.
16.12.1926
Bt. Lt.Col.
17.12.1926
Lt.Col.
12.01.1936
Col.
03.04.1936, seniority 17.12.1929
Maj.Gen.
29.09.1938, seniority 06.01.1938
local Lt.Gen.
05.10.1940-02.11.1940
A/Lt.Gen.
03.11.1940-17.05.1944
Lt.Gen.
18.05.1944, seniority 10.08.1941
Gen.
17.04.1945 (retd 30.01.1948)

KT (1971), GCB (1947; KCB 1941; CB 1940), DSO (1917), MC, LLD, idc, psc
WWI: Mention in Despatches (17.2.1915, 1.1.1916, 4.1.1917, 15.5.1917, 18.12.1917, 30.5.1918, 4.12.1918, 6.1.1919, 5.6.1919); Military Cross (18.2.1915); Distinguished Service Order (1917) and Bar; 1914 Star; British War Medal; Victory Medal; Palestine: Mention in Despatches (15.9.1939); Palestine 1936-1939 Medal & Clasp; WWII: Companion of the Order of the Bath (1940); Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (4.3.1941); Mention in Despatches (1.4.1941, 27.1.1944, 22.3.1945); 1939-45 Star; France and Germany Star; Legion of Honour, Commander, Croix de Guerre with palm; Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath (1947); Knight of the Thistle (7.1971)

Education: Wellington College (1903-1907); Royal Military College, Sandhurst (1908)
18.09.1909


commissioned, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
1913
-
1914
Signal Officer, Malta Brigade
1914
-
1918
served European War: France & Belgium (9.1914-11.1917), Italy (11.1917-4.11.1918) (A. Sig. Serv. 15.9.1914-28.10.1916) (despatches 9 times, DSO, bar, MC, Italian Silver medal for valour)
08.1914
-
11.1915
Signal Officer, 22nd Brigade (UK, France & Belgium)
11.1915
-
28.10.1916
Commander, Signal Company, 7th Division (France)
29.10.1916
-
29.05.1917
Brigade-Major, 91st Brigade (France)
04.06.1917
-
19.03.1919
Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Honourable Artillery Company (France, Italy) (T/Lt.Col.)
10.04.1919
-
15.12.1919
Adjutant, 2nd Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (UK)
22.01.1920
-
12.1920
Staff College
21.01.1921
-
28.02.1921
General Staff Officer 3rd grade (GSO3), 3rd Division, Southern Command (UK)
01.03.1921
-
27.01.1924
Brigade-Major, Experimental Brigade, Aldershot Command (UK)
12.02.1924
-
31.08.1925
Adjutant, 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (UK)
03.09.1925
-
31.08.1927
Commander, Company of Gentleman Cadets (General Staff Officer 2nd grade (GSO2)), Royal Military College, Sandhurst (UK)
01.10.1927
-
20.01.1930
instructor (General Staff Officer 2nd grade (GSO2)), Staff College, Camberley (UK)
01.1930
-
12.1930
Commander, Machine Gun Company, 1st Battalion The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) (Egypt)
12.1930
-
04.1932
Brigade Machine Gun Officer (Egypt, India)
07.04.1932
-
14.01.1935
General Staff Officer 2nd grade (GSO2), Directorate of Staff Duties, War Office (UK)
15.01.1935
-
1936
student, Imperial Defence College
03.04.1936
-
28.09.1938
Commander Peshawar Brigade (India) (T/Brig.)
29.09.1938
-
03.11.1939
Military Governor of Jerusalem & General Officer Commanding, 7th Infantry Division (Palestine, Egypt), redesignated as: *
03.11.1939
-
02.11.1940
General Officer Commanding, 6th Infantry Division (Egypt, Palestine) (5.10-2.11.1940 local Lt.Gen.), redesignated as: *
03.11.1940
-
15.02.1941
Commander, Western Desert Force (Egypt, Syria, Libya) (from 3.11.1940-17.5.1944 A/Lt.Gen.), redesignated as: *
16.02.1941
-
08.04.1941
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Troops in Egypt, redesignated as: *
09.04.1941
-
06.04.1942
Commander, XIII Corps (Egypt, Libya) (POW, escaped successfully in Dec. 1943 after 5 attempts) *
21.01.1944
-
01.12.1944
Corps Commander, VIII Corps (Normandy, NW Europe)
01.1945
-
11.1945
General Officer Commanding­in­Chief, Eastern Command, India
11.1945
-
05.1946
General Officer Commanding­in­Chief, North Western Army, India
07.1946
-
08.1947
Adjutant­General to the Forces (UK)
Colonel, The Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), 1951-1954. Lord Lieutenant, County of Ross & Cromarty, 1955-1964. Aide de Camp General to the King, 1946-1948. Commandant, Army Cadet Force, Scotland, 1948-1959. Lord High Commissioner, Church of Scotland General Assembly, 1964. Justice of the Peace, Ross and Cromarty, 1952.
Literature: Corelli Barnett. The desert generals (1960); Charles E. Pfannes & Victor A. Salamone. The great commanders of World War II. Vol. II: The British (1981); John Baynes.The forgotten victor : General Sir Richard O'Connor, KT, GCB, DSO, MC (1989)
* Dates given are from the official personnel records. Redesignations were in effect on other dates.
O'Dell,
Lewis Edward
G. O'Donnell
Son of James Reid O'Dell (1872-1960), and Emma Crissell (1877-).
Married 1st ((06?).1939, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire) Constance P. Hill
Married 2nd ((09?).1946, Grimsby, Lincolnshire) Joan Anita Cook (05.04.1922 - 30.03.1986), daughter of Albert Henry Cook (1877-1960), and Amy Maud Rachael Young (1879-1956); two daughters, one son.
22.09.1911
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
-
03.03.1995
Grimsby district, Lincolnshire
Cadet. ?
2nd Lt. 21.11.1941 [219572]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942
T/Capt. 14.02.1945-(04.1946)
      stationed at Fenham Barracks in Newcastle, Wawne Hall, Wawne nr Hull, Yorks
      Officer Cadet Training Unit (Llandidrod Wells)
21.11.1941     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
O'Donnell,
Godfrey
G. O'Donnell
?
-
Lt. 20.01.1940 [116965]
WS/Capt. 20.01.1941 (reld > 04.1946)
Education: MB.
20.01.1940     commissioned, Royal Army Medical Corps [emergency commission]
Oerton,
Thomas George
T.G. Oerton
Son of ... Oerton, and ... Dimond-Hogg.
08.08.1917
Barnstaple, Devon
-
11.1987
Barnstaple, Devon
2nd Lt.
21.04.1937 [71468]
WS/Lt.
21.04.1940
T/Capt.
01.04.1941-(09.1944)
WS/Capt.
27.12.1944
A/Maj.
(09.1944)
T/Maj.
27.12.1944-(04.1946)
Hon. Maj.
?
Capt.
24.11.1959, seniority 20.03.1956
Maj.
24.11.1959
Military Cross MC
23.08.1945
NW Europe
21.04.1937


commissioned, The Devonshire Regiment - Territorial Army
24.08.1939
 
 
mobilized TA
14.06.1944
-
(09.1944)
2nd Battalion The Devonshire Regiment (NW Europe)
08.08.1944
-
(09.1944)
Officer Commanding, "B" Company
?
-
23.11.1959
Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
24.11.1959
-
18.05.1962
Territorial Army
19.05.1962
-
?
Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Offord,
Eric Francis
E.F. Offord
Son of ... Offord, and Marion Ellen ...
Brother of Lt.Cdr. (S) Eustace John Offord, DSC, RNVR.

03.02.1909
Tempe, Orange Free State, South Africa
-
01.1999
South Dorset district, Dorset
2nd Lt. 28.01.1932 [50983]
Lt. 28.01.1935
Capt. 01.08.1938
A/Maj. 03.12.1940-02.03.1941
T/Maj. 03.03.1941-28.11.1942
WS/Maj. 29.11.1942
A/Lt.Col. 16.07.1941-13.09.1941,
29.10.1942-28.11.1942
T/Lt.Col. 29.11.1942-07.05.1944,
31.07.1945-25.03.1948,
09.09.1950-24.06.1951,
09.08.1951-31.03.1952
Lt.Col. 01.04.1952 (Empl. List 1 09.08.1954) (supernumerary 01.04.1955) (retd 31.07.1959)
Hon. Col. 31.07.1959

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 23.03.1944 Italy [citation available upon request]
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) MBE 24.10.1950 Malaya [citation available upon request]
Mention in Despatches MID 08.04.1949 Malaya
Education: Royal Military College, Sandhurst (1930-1931); Staff College (psc).
1924 - 27.01.1932 served in the ranks for 8 years, 27 days (with Royal Engineers in UK, 1924-1930)
28.01.1932     commissioned, Royal Tank Corps [from late 1930s Royal Tank Regiment]
1932 - 1933 served at Bovington Camp (UK)
1933 - 1935 5th Battalion Royal Tank Corps (UK)
1937     2nd Battalion Royal Tank Corps (UK)
18.01.1938 - 17.11.1939 Assistant Instructor (Class GG to 31.07.1938), Gunnery School, Lulworth (UK)
18.11.1939 - 15.07.1941 Instructor, ...
(1941)     40th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment
(1943)     Commanding Officer, 46th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment (Italy) (DSO)
21.06.1945 - 30.07.1945 Assistant Chief Instructor, Armoured Fighting Vehicles School
01.07.1946 - 23.01.1947 Assistant Chief Instructor, Royal Armoured Corps School
26.03.1948 - 06.05.1950 General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2), 56 Air Liaison Section (Malaya) (MBE)
Offord,
John Harman
J.F. Offord
07.08.1924
-
25.01.2007
Southsea, Hampshire
Cadet
? [2601670]
2nd Lt.
02.02.1944 [308150]
WS/Lt.
02.08.1944 *
A/Capt. TA
10.12.1948
Capt. TA
07.08.1951, seniority 16.07.1949
Lt.
07.01.1952, seniority 25.06.1947
Capt.
07.01.1952, seniority 25.12.1951
T/Maj.
19.10.1955-(02.1957)
Maj.
25.12.1958 (retd 30.09.1965)

* Unemployed List (Release Registers 1945) 07.12.1947-06.01.1952

Education:  BSc



served in the ranks for 330 days
02.02.1944


commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals [emergency commission to 27.06.1948]



transferred to Corps of Royal Engineers - Territorial Army 
16.07.1949


transferred to Royal Corps of Signals - Territorial Army
07.01.1952
-
30.09.1965
permanent commission, Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
O'Flaherty,
Antony Thomas
A.T. O'Flaherty
Son of Col. Austin Romauld O'Flaherty (died 1941).
Married 1st ...; two sons.
Married 2nd [while still married] (10.02.1945, Lucknow, India) Daphne Joan Thomas (died 1995) (marriage dissolved); one daughter.
(12?).1916
Brentford district, Buckinghamshire
-
2nd Lt.
19.11.1939 [105621]
WS/Lt.
19.05.1941
A/Capt.
(1945)
Lt.
18.11.1946, seniority 19.05.1941
Capt.
01.11.1947 (retd 31.10.1952)
Efficiency Medal (Militia) EM
19.07.1949
?
19.11.1939


commissioned, The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's) [emergency commission]
(1945)


attached, Royal Indian Army Service Corps
18.11.1946


transferred, Royal Army Service Corps [short service commission]
31.10.1952
-
01.07.1959
Regular Army Reserve of Officers (Class II, from 18.11.1954 Class III)
Emigrated to New Zealand, 1960s, to become a fire fighter.
O'Flaherty,
Denis William Venables Patrick
D.W.V.P. O'Flaherty
From Portsmouth.

Jim Scott recounts this anecdote: "I was a cadet at Sandhurst in 1960 and remember (then Major) O'Flaherty recounting the story of how he lost his eye in the Vaagso raid. He and "Monkey" Blacker were pinned down behind a house by a German sniper.  (I can't now remember which eye O'Flaherty lost but for the sake of his story assume it was  he left eye).  Anyway O'Flaherty and Monkey Blacker disagreed about which side of the house the sniper was covering and to settle the argument tossed a coin.  O'Flaherty won, and went round the left side of the house and was promptly shot through the left eye by the sniper. (Of course if it was the right eye then it was the other way about).  However in later conversations with Monkey Blacker (who in 1960 was also on the staff at Sandhurst) it transpired that the loss of O'Flaherty's eye did not remove him from the Vaagso battle. He continued in the action with the side of his face bandaged and it was not until the base plate of a grenade, that he had thrown up a flight of stairs while clearing a house, clipped the top of his head severely wounding him again and forced his medivac. O'Flaherty also told us that the false eye that he subsequently wore was a real asset to him in a subsequent posting in Africa (unfortunately I don't now remember exactly which country was involved, though I think it might have been Nigeria). Every time he left his quarters he would put his glass eye on the mantle piece and tell his servants that he was still watching them even though he was not there!  None of his property was ever stolen and his servants were in absolute awe of him."

28.10.1920
-
(03?).1980
Tunbridge Wells district, Kent
2nd Lt.
04.11.1939 [106695]
Lt.
04.05.1941
A/Capt.
22.07.1943-21.10.1943
T/Capt.
22.10.1943-05.09.1944
WS/Capt.
06.09.1944
Capt.
01.07.1946
A/Maj.
06.06.1944-05.09.1944
T/Maj.
06.09.1944-25.09.1944,
28.03.1947-02.09.1947
Maj.
04.11.1952
Lt.Col.
06.09.1961 (supernumerary 06.09.1964)
Col.
24.02.1967, seniority 11.08.1965
Brig.
31.12.1968, seniority 30.06.1968 (retd 10.12.1975)
Commander of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) CBE
14.06.1975
HM's birthday 75

Distinguished Service Order

DSO
03.04.1942
Vaagsö & Maaloy 26.12.41
Mention in Despatches MID
03.04.1942
Vaagsö & Maaloy 26.12.41
Bronze Star Medal (US) BSM
08.06.1951
Korea
Education: Staff College, Camberley (psc)



served in the ranks for 64 days
04.11.1939


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery
(12.1941)


No. 3 Commando (Vaagsö)
06.06.1944
-
26.09.1944
General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2) (L), Commando Group
01.08.1945
-
01.10.1945
General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3) (Operations), Commando Group
(1950?)

attached US Army 116 Field Battery, 45 Field Regiment (Korea)
04.07.1951
-
01.07.1952
General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3), General HQ Far East Land Forces
17.02.1955
-
21.02.1957
Brigade Major, Royal Artillery, ... Infantry Division
30.11.1963
-
(02.1967)
College Commander, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst
Ogden-Smith,
Colin Malcolm
C.M. Ogden-Smith C.M. Ogden-Smith
Lived at London.
30.08.1910
Croydon, Surrey
-
29.07.1944
Kerbozec
(KIA) [age 33]
[Guiscriff Communal Cemetery, France]
L/Sgt.
?
2nd Lt.
26.05.1939 [91977]
WS/Lt.
01.01.1941
T/Capt.
07.07.1942-(04.1944)
A/Maj.
1944?
T/Maj.
1944?
Mention in Despatches MID
30.08.1945
gallant & distinguished services in the field [posthumously]
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD
21.04.1950
- [posthumously]



late Cadet, Whitgift School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps



Honourable Artillery Company, Infantry Battalion
26.05.1939
 
 
commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
24.08.1939
 
 
mobilized TA
(04.1944?)


seconded, Special Operations Executive
10.07.1944
-
29.07.1944
attached, Jedburgh Team "Francis" (codename "Dorset") [parachuted at Bretagne]
Ogden-Smith,
Walton Harold
W.H. Ogden-Smith
01.10.1907
Croydon, Surrey
-
04.1986
Tunbridge Wells district, Kent
L/Sgt.
?
2nd Lt.
12.11.1939 [105314]
WS/Lt.
26.09.1940
T/Capt.
26.09.1940-(04.1944)
Hon. Capt.
< 04.1946
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM
18.04.1947
& 1st clasp



from Honourable Artillery Company (Cadet, 162nd Officer Cadet Training Unit)
12.11.1939


commissioned, Sherwood Foresters [emergency commission]
24.01.1940


transferred, The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment)
Ogg,
George
G. Ogg



06.08.1914
Glasgow, Scotland
-
18.04.2008
Troon, Scotland
2nd Lt.
25.09.1943 [307417]
WS/Lt.
25.03.1944
T/Capt.
01.12.1944-(04.1946)
Hon. Capt.
01.01.1949
Mention in Despatches MID
19.07.1945
Italy
25.09.1943
 
 
commissioned, Intelligence Corps [emergency commission]
01.01.1949
-
?
Regular Army Reserve of Officers
Publisher.
Ogle,
Nicholas Robert
N.R. Ogle
Son (with two sisters) of Henry William Ogle (1870-), and Mabel Simpson Grieve.
Married (21.04.1948, Holy Trinity, Westminster, London) Ruth Mary Howard (31.12.1926 - 14.03.2012), adopted daughter (with two brothers [S.Lt. Henry Gerald Pericval Howard, RN] of Cdr. Robert John Howard, RN (1878-1965), and Violet Mary Collins (1889-1930), of Chard, Somerset; five daughters, one son.
31.07.1913
Killucan, Westmeath, Ireland
-
12.1983
Killucan, Westmeath, Ireland
2nd Lt. 01.02.1934
Lt. 01.02.1937
A/Capt. 17.02.1940-16.05.1940
T/Capt. 17.05.1940-31.01.1942
Capt. 01.02.1942
A/Maj. 20.07.1943-19.10.1943
T/Maj. 20.10.1943-30.05.1945,
15.02.1946-31.01.1947
Maj. 01.02.1947 (retd 01.04.1958)
Education: Royal Military College, Sandhurst (1932-1933).
01.02.1934     commissioned, The Northamptonshire Regiment
      2nd Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment
A daughter writes: "Went to Sandhurst, sent to India 1937 fought in Burma. Finally retired 1957 after serving in Sierra Leone."
O'Hanlon,
William Bernard
W.B. O'Hanlon
Married (28.11.1945, Hendon district, London) Inger-Luise Bye (23.09.1923 - 27.09.2004); two daughters.
15.02.1911
Edinburgh, Scotland
-
28.12.1969
Poole district, Dorset
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 11.05.1940 [130479]
WS/Lt. 11.11.1941 (reld < 04.1946)
Hon. Lt. < 04.1946
      enlisted service, Scots Guards
? - 11.05.1940 Officer Cadet Training Unit, Sandhurst
11.05.1940     commissioned, The King's Own Scottish Borderers [emergency commission]
      seconded, 1st Battalion The Tyneside Scottish (The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment))
1942? - 1945? served in India
Olden,
Michael Laurence
M.L. Olden
Married ((12?).1936, Hammersmith district, London) Mary Hiscoe.
(12?).1909
St George Hanover Square district, London
-

South Africa
Lt. (Surveyor of Works) 21.07.1942 [239326]
T/Capt. (Surveyor of Works) 29.03.1944-(04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 08.11.1945 NW Europe
21.07.1942     commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]
PASI.
Olive,
Richard Francis
R.F. Olive
Son of Charles and Mary Olive; husband of Mabel K. Olive, of Willaston, Cheshire. 
(03?).1908
[= 09.12.1907 ?]
Kettering, Northamptonshire
-
31.05.1940
(KIA) [age 32]
[Dunkirk Memorial, Nord, France, column 56]
2nd Lt.
09.12.1925 [33855]
Lt.
09.12.1928
Education: Oakham School; Cambridge University (BA)



late Cadet Lance-Corporal, Oakham School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
09.12.1925


commissioned, The Gloucestershire Regiment - Supplementary Reserve of Officers
24.08.1939


mobilized
24.08.1939
-
31.05.1940
2nd Battalion The Gloucestershire Regiment (Plymouth & France)
Oliver,
Arthur Peter Hoblyn
A.P.H. Oliver
Son of Arthur Hugh Hoblyn Oliver, and Jessie E. Nisbet, of Ridgeway, Epsom, Surrey.
Married (1940) Mary Carrington; one son, one daughter.
10.11.1918
Sandown, Isle of Wight
-
06.04.1984
Blacklands, Hastings and Rother district, East Sussex
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 11.02.1940 [117813]
WS/Lt. 11.08.1941 (reld 13.02.1952)
Hon. Lt. 13.02.1952
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 17.06.1949 -
Education: Uppingham School (09.1932-12.1935; Redgate House; Shooting Eight).
Joined Asiatic Petroleum Co., 1936.
? - 11.02.1940 167th Officer Cadet Training Unit
11.02.1940     commissioned, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) [emergency commission]
? - 06.1940 4th Battalion The Seaforth Highlanders (France; captured at St Valéry)
06.1940 - 1945? POW (No. 1369) in German captivity (Oflag VII-C, Laufen, Bayern (1940), then Oflag VII-B, Eichstätt, Bayern)
[Invented "The Reel of the 51st Division", originally called "The 51st Country Dance (Laufen Reel)" during the winter of 1940 with Lt. J.E.M. Atkinson, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders & Lt.Col. T.H. Hunter, RASC. Original tune was composed by Lt. J.H. Ross, Seaforth Highlanders.]
Public relations manager, China (1940s), then Nigeria (1950s) for Shell Petroleum Co. Conchologist.
Published
: Guide to shells (1975).

Olver,
Harry Vernon
H.V. Olver

Married ((12?).1914, Falmouth district, Cornwall) Dorothy A. Cox, of Wimbledon, Surrey.
18.03.1892
Bodmin, Cornwall
-
25.08.1943
[age 51]
[Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Germany, 11.J.6]
2nd Lt. 10.10.1939 [102182]
A/Capt. ?
Military Medal MM 19.03.1918 ?
 WW I     served, The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (Sgt. [9289], from 24.03.1918 2nd Lt., from 24.09.1919 Lt.; retired 23.10.1922, receiving a gratuity)
23.10.1922 - 25.07.1927 Regular Army Reserve of Officers (released due to medical unfitness)
10.10.1939     commissioned, Auxiliary Military Pioneer Corps (served France & Belgium; captured)
1940? - 25.08.1943 POW in German captivity (died in Colditz?)
O'Neil,
William Henry
W.H. O'Neil
?
-
deceased
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
29.03.1941 [180021]
...
...
WS/Capt.
13.10.1945
T/Maj.
13.10.1945-(04.1946)
A/Lt.Col.
?



Officer Cadet Training Unit
29.03.1941
-
?
commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals [emergency commission]
 
Onslow-Free,
Frederick Alfred
F.A. Onslow-Free

Married ((03?).1939, Warminster district, Wiltshire) Clara Peggy Lance (01.09.1915 - 12.1999); one daughter, two sons.
18.02.1904
Lewisham district, London
-
(12?).1976
Exeter district, Devon
2nd Lt. ?
Lt. 22.03.1933 (reld 16.07.1934)
2nd Lt. 14.10.1939 [44750]
WS/Lt. ?
WS/Capt. 17.04.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Maj. 17.04.1943-(04.1944)
Hon. Maj. < 04.1946
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 04.11.1949 -
      late Cadet, St. Paul's School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
22.03.1930 - 16.07.1934 commissioned, 22nd (London) Armoured Car Company - Royal Tank Corps - Territorial Army
      Inns of Court Regiment (Wing of 3rd Cavalry Training Regiment (Horsed))
14.10.1939     commissioned, The Yorkshire Hussars - Royal Armoured Corps [emergency commission]
 
Openshaw,
Herbert Stanley
H.S. Openshaw
29.01.1890
Liverpool, Lancashire
-
(09?).1975
Ealing district, Middlesex
T/Lt.
?
T/Capt.
?
2nd Lt.
02.08.1941 [202147]
WS/Lt.
02.08.1941
Military Cross MC
11.12.1916
*
* For conspicuous gallantry in action. He rendered most valuable assistance in the organisation and digging of new trenches. On two occasions he voluntarily took out patrols to get into touch with our flanks under intense fire.



East Surrey Regiment
25.09.1918
 
 
temporary commission, 2nd Lt. (KB) & Hon. Capt. RAF (Flying Branch)
02.08.1941


commissioned, General List [emergency commission]
(04.1944)
 
 
specially employed
Ord,
David
D. Ord (Photo courtesy of Mr Frank de Planta)
?
-
RSM ?
Lt. QM 11.05.1940 [131894]
WS/Capt. QM 11.05.1943
11.05.1940     commissioned, The Gordon Highlanders [emergency commission]
(08.1942)     1st Battalion The London Scottish (Higham, Suffolk)
Ord,
Sydney
S. Ord

Son of ... Ord, and Ada Annie Hird.
Married ...; one daughter.
From Borden, ex-Arabella, Nigg, Ross-shire, Scotland.
12.03.1912
Sunderland
-
11.03.1945
[Hasselt (Kruisveld) Communal Cemetery, Belgium, row B, grave 11]
Armt. QMS ?
Lt. 21.01.1941 [168624]
T/Capt. 05.07.1941-24.08.1942
WS/Capt. 25.08.1942
T/Maj. 25.08.1942-11.03.1945
21.01.1941     commissioned, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Mechanical Maintenance Branch) [emergency commission]
01.10.1942     transferred, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers
? - 11.03.1945 died of illness on active service
[A popular young man and a brilliant officer of great promise, Major Ord's rapid promotion gave much satisfaction to his many friends , and his sudden death, after only a few hours illness, is deeply deplored by the local community of Arabella, among whom he spent his childhood and early youth previous to his joining the army.]
Ormrod,
Peter Charles
P.C. Ormrod

31.08.1922
Pen-y-lan, North Wales
-
02.09.2007
Pen-y-lan, North Wales
2nd Lt.
03.07.1942 [237398]
WS/Lt.
03.01.1943
T/Capt.
20.10.1945-(04.1946)
Lt.
20.03.1948, seniority 01.03.1945
Capt.
31.08.1949 (retd 05.10.1953)
Capt. TA
06.03.1958, seniority 30.01.1954
Maj. TA
01.05.1961
Military Cross MC
10.07.1951
Korea
03.07.1942


commissioned, Scots Guards [emergency commission]
20.03.1948


transferred, 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars - Royal Armoured Corps
06.03.1958
-
01.09.1963
served Territorial Army (Royal Welch Fusiliers & 28.04.1962-11.06.1963 Unattached List)
01.09.1963
-
?
Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Honorary Colonel of 3rd Territorial Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers, ...-18.11.1989. He served for many years as a JP and was High Sheriff for Denbighshire. Deputy Lieutenant of Clwyd from 14.07.1972 to 1980.
O'Rorke,
George McKenzie
G.M. O'Rorke
09.01.1882
-
(12?).1958
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
T/ Lt.
30.01.1915
Lt.Col.
1918?
Lt.
05.03.1940 [119836]
WS/Capt.
05.06.1940
T/Maj.
05.06.1940-(04.1941)
WS/Maj.
10.06.1941
T/Lt.Col.
10.06.1941-(04.1944)
Hon. Lt.Col.
11.07.1945
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE 03.06.1918 Mesopotamia
Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire CIE 03.06.1919 Mesopotamia
05.03.1940


commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]
(04.1946)


Unemployed List
Orr,
Arthur Dennis Gordon
A.D.G. Orr
10.09.1900
-
05.1985

Isle of Wight
2nd Lt.
16.07.1920 [20522]
Lt.
16.07.1922
Capt.
01.03.1931
Maj.
01.08.1938 (retd 30.11.1948)
local Lt.Col.
04.04.1938-30.05.1941
A/Lt.Col.
01.09.1940-30.11.1940
T/Lt.Col.
01.1291940-23.05.1941,
02.09.1941-04.02.1943
WS/Lt.Col.
05.02.1943
A/Col.
03.08.1942-30.09.1942,
07.10.1942-04.02.1943
T/Col.
05.02.1943-14.05.1944,
07.06.1944-07.08.1944,
30.08.1944-(01.1946)
A/Brig.
03.08.1942-30.09.1942,
07.10.1942-04.02.1943
T/Brig.
05.02.1943-05.11.1943,
07.06.1944-07.08.1944
Hon. Brig.
30.11.1948
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE
01.01.1966

New Year 66: Secretary, Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association for the County of Nottingham

Distinguished Service Order

DSO
01.04.1941
Middle East
Mention in Despatches MID
01.04.1941
Middle East
Mention in Despatches MID
09.08.1945
NW Europe
16.07.1920


commissioned, The Royal Scots Fusiliers
12.07.1928
-
11.07.1931
Adjutant, 1st Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers (03.1931 at Bordon)
(06.1933)
 
 
1st Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers (Egypt)
09.08.1935
-
31.08.1940
specially employed: attached Sudan Defence Force
(06.1941)


Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers (Syria; captured; released in a prisoner exchange after the Acre Armistice)
07.06.1944
-
09.08.1944
Commander, 9th Infantry Brigade (NW Europe)
01.05.1947
-
05.1948
Commanding Officer, 4/5th Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers
30.11.1948
-
10.09.1955
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [age limit]
Deputy Lieutenant (DL), Nottinghamshire.
Orr,
Lawrence Percy Story
J.A. Orr-Ewing

Son of William Robert Macaulay Orr (1884-1967), and Sarah Evelyn Poe Story (?-1966).
Married (03.10.1939) ...; one son.
16.09.1918
Belfast, Northern Ireland
-
12.07.1990
Swindon, Wiltshire
Cadet ? [7015761]
2nd Lt. 09.03.1940 [121603]
WS/Lt. 09.09.1941 (reld > 04.1946, < 08.1946)
T/Capt. 21.11.1942-(04.1946)
Hon. Capt. > 04.1946, < 08.1946
      either 164th, 165th, 166th, 167th and 168th Officer Cadet Training Unit
09.03.1940     commissioned, The East Lancashire Regiment [emergency commission]
22.05.1942     transferred, Royal Armoured Corps (Royal Armoured Corps Training Unit)
18.05.1944     transferred, The Life Guards - Household Cavalry
Orr-Ewing,
John Anthony
J.A. Orr-Ewing

Son of Maj. John Orr Ewing (1884-1961), and Gwendolen Edith Curtis (?-1964).
Married (21.09.1949) Audrey Doreen Tyson (? - 18.07.2011), daughter of Lt.Col. Charles Edward Tyson; one son.
12.03.1914
-
25.01.2007
Hampshire
Lt.
07.12.1935
A/Capt.
06.01.1941-(04.1941)
WS/Capt.
07.12.1942
?


commissioned, 16ht/5th Lancers - Royal Armoured Corps
?


transferred to Supplementary Reserve (later Regular Army Reserve of Officers)
24.08.1939


mobilized
Orr Ewing,
[Sir] Ronald Archibald;
5th Baronet

J.A. Orr-Ewing
14.05.1912
-
14.09.2002
2nd Lt.
01.09.1932
...
...
Capt.
01.09.1940
Maj.
01.07.1946 (retd 14.07.1953)
01.09.1932


commissioned, Scots Guards
?
-
?
?
DL.
Orren,
Anthony Paul Newton
A.P.N. Orren
Married 1st ((09?).1941, Taunton district, Somerset) Moira Valsler.
Married 2nd ((09?).1952, Westminster district, London) Enid A.R. Mole.
1918 ?
-

Victoria, Australia
2nd Lt. 21.09.1940 [149266]
WS/Lt. 21.03.1942 (reld 22.08.1952; on appointment to Australian Army)
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 19.05.1953 ?
21.09.1940


commissioned, The Somerset Light Infantry [emergency commission]
15.09.1943     transferred, Royal Corps of Signals
Osborne,
John Frater
J.F. Osborne
Son of James Frater Osborne and Isabella Osborne, of Glasgow.

1921 ?
-
01.10.1944

(KIA) [age 23]
[Coriano Ridge War Cemetery, Italy, XV.D.L]
Cadet
? [10577805]
2nd Lt.
04.04.1944 [323185]
Mention in Despatches MID
19.07.1945
Italy [posthumously]
04.04.1944


commissioned, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's)
Osborne,
Neil
N. Osborne
Son of ... Osborne, and ... Nicholson.
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
30.10.1915
Barton district, Lancashire
-
07.11.2006
Bakewell district, Derbyshire
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 29.08.1943 [292652]
WS/Lt. 29.02.1944
Lt. 20.11.1946, seniority 29.02.1944
Capt. 14.04.1950 (reld 01.01.1962)
Hon. Capt. 01.01.1962
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 28.05.1948 -
29.08.1943     commissioned, Royal Armoured Corps [emergency commission]
20.11.1946     short service commission, Royal Army Service Corps
?     transferred, Royal Army Pay Corps
His son writes: "Commissioned 1942 Sandhurst Lancashire Fusiliers. Went to India Re-badged KOYLI in India 1944 re-roled Armoured in Support Indian troops Imphal Kohima. Adjt then Sqn Ldr A Squadron. WW2 up to Maj Post War Regular Capt to 1961."
Osborne,
William
W. Osborne
Married ...; ... children (one daughter?).
1925 ?
Beith, Ayrshire, Scotland
-
1985 ?
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 23.04.1943 [271306]
WS/Lt. 23.10.1943
Lt. 11.01.1947, seniority 19.07.1945
WS/Capt. 1947? (reld 19.09.1948)
Hon. Maj. 19.09.1948
23.04.1943     commissioned, The Seaforth Highlanders (Ross-shire Buffs, The Duke of Albany's) [emergency commission]
11.01.1947     permanent commission
His daughter writes: "Attained rank of Major either during WW2 or shortly thereafter. During WW2 served in North Africa and Middle East. After WW2 was stationed at Edinburgh Castle and Fort William. Resigned from regiment in approximately 1946 or 1947."
O'Shea,
Albert Joseph [Patrick]
A.J. O'Shea (Photo courtesy of Mr Patrick J. O'Shea)

Son of Joseph William O'Shea, JP, and Mary Josephine Leahy.
Married (30.04.1939, London) Dorothy Patricia Leo (died 10.04.1943 in an air raid); one son.
09.06.1907
Tipperary town, Ireland
-
02.11.1955
Essex
Gdsmn. 05.05.1931 [2717415] (reserve 1934) (mobilized 08.1939)
L/Cpl. 10.1939
L/Sgt. 07.1940
Sgt. 01.1941
Cadet (L/CSM) 12.1941
2nd Lt. 09.07.1942 [243160]
WS/Lt. 25.08.1942 (reld 31.10.1951)
A/Capt. 01.11.1945-31.01.1946
T/Capt. 01.02.1946-(04.1947)
Hon. Capt. 31.10.1951
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Arctic Emblem Arct Emb - -
Arctic Star Arc St - -
Norwegian Deltager with Rosette and Krigsgeltager medals.
Education: Christian Brothers' School, Tipperary; Blackrock College, Dublin.
Served as a Sergeant in the Shanghai Municipal Police, 04.1929-04.1931.
05.05.1931     enlisted service, Irish Guards (1st Battalion) (3 years active list, 9 years reserve)
04.1940     served Norway campaign, on HMT Chobry when sunk by Luftwaffe May 1940; rescued and returned to UK
06?.1940 - 12.1940 drill sergeant, Guards Depot (Caterham)
12.1940 - 11.1941 signals instructor, Irish Guards
12.1941 - 07.1942 Officer Cadet Training (initially for Indian Army, but transferred back to British Army)
09.07.1942     commissioned, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers [emergency commission]
07.1942     2nd Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (served as Platoon Commander in India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon & Syria)
      received Combined Operations training Syria/Lebanon and volunteered for Special Air Service
07.1943 - 09.1943 hospitalized with dysentery in Egypt; posted back to UK
09.1943     seconded, Royal Ulster Rifles
08.1944     to St. Helena Regiment, S. Atlantic
[Hospitalized again with severe liver disease. In and out of hospital through 04.1948 when put on inactive reserve with 50% War Disability. Diagnosed with TB and 100% War disability in 1950.]
Osler,
James Gordon
J.G. Osler (Photo courtesy of Mr Lee Lidbury) J.G. Osler

Son of Maj. Edmund Featherstone Osler (1880-1945), and Nadine Jane Hamilton Kerr (1885-1964), of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
27.09.1915
Hythe, Elham district, Kent
-
29.06.1944
Normandy, France
(KIA) [age 29]
[St Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, Calvados, France, VI.F.15]
2nd Lt. 14.06.1937, seniority 14.06.1936 [72793]
Lt. 18.06.1939
A/Capt. 13.07.1940-12.10.1940
T/Capt. 13.10.1940-12.10.1942
WS/Capt. 13.10.1942
T/Maj. 13.10.1942-29.06.1944
local Lt.Col. 21.05.1943-(10.1943)
Mention in Despatches MID 20.12.1940 ?
Education: Appleby School, Oakville, Ontario; Royal Military College, Kingston (1934); Gonville and Caius College (admitted 01.10.1937; BA 1939; Mech. Sci. Tripos, Class 3, 1939).
14.06.1937     commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers
14.09.1939     obtained civil aviator's licence (No. 19526) taken on D.H.60, Gipsy 1,85 at University Aero Club
01.07.1940 - (01.1942) Adjutant, ...
21.05.1943 - (01.)1944 General Staff Officer, 1st grade (GSO1), Staff College, Camberley
O'Sullivan,
Denis Joseph *
D.J. O'Sullivan (Photo courtesy of Mr Sean O'Sullivan)
Son (with one sister) of Albert Henry Sullivan (1890-1981), and Ethel Isabel Kerslake (1894-1954).
Change of surname by deed poll to O'Sullivan, c. 1930.
Married (07.06.1958, Chelsea Old Church, London; divorced) Frances D. "Fran" Crowe; one son, one daughter.

* First name in Army & birth records shown as: Dennis.
08.02.1919
Lambeth, London
-
12.07.2010
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Cadet ? [2054373]
2nd Lt. 17.10.1943 [304784]
WS/Lt. 17.04.1944
A/Capt. 02.06.1944-01.09.1944
T/Capt. 02.09.1944-23.09.1947
Lt. 21.09.1946, seniority 24.03.1943
Capt. 24.09.1947
Maj. 24.09.1954 (retd 10.04.1958)
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Italy Star It St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
General Service Medal Gen SM - & Malaya clasp
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 08.09.1953 -
      served in the ranks for 4 years, 46 days (mobilized Territorial Army 24.08.1939)
17.10.1943     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission to 20.09.1946]
21.09.1946     permanent commission
The following was mentioned at his funeral: "He served in the Royal Regiment of Artillery (RA) from 1938-1958 which included war service with the Eighth Army in the Western Desert and Italy between 1940-1945 where he received a wartime commission. He was wounded by a German Teller mine at the Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Whilst recuperating he was sent as a potential Young Officer to the Middle East OCTU (Officer Cadet Training Unit) based in Palestine and Lebanon in 1943 after which he saw active service in Italy as a wartime commissioned 2nd Lieutenant. He saw active service at Monte Cassino and Rome in 1944 where he was one of the first Allied officers to enter Rome once the Germans withdrew in early June 1944. One of his favourite anecdotes was being selected as one of the first Allied officers to be introduced to the then Pope (Pius XII) at the Vatican following Rome's liberation. Being one of the tallest (6'6" or 196cm) he was the first in line to be greeted by the Pope whom he shook warmly by the hand rather than kiss the Papal ring on the Pope's outstretched hand as was customary. Being confirmed in the Church of England meant this piece of Catholic etiquette was unknown to him. All the other Allied officers in line appeared to have been Catholic as they all bowed over to kiss the ring! He ended the war in May 1945 in Villach, Austria. On receiving a regular commission in the RA in September 1946, he spent the next 12 years in various postings during withdrawal from Empire - Hong Kong, occupied Japan and Korea during the Korean War, the Malayan Emergency, Singapore, Suez and finished his service with 54 Maharajpore Battery in Cyprus during the Greek-Cypriot EOKA campaign against British rule. In civilian life, he became a successful computer sales executive moving to Kent in 1962."
Ottaway,
Cyril Berry
C.B. Ottaway
Son (with four brothers and one sister) of Charles Berry Ottaway (1860-1924), railway inspector, and Rosa Faircloth (1866-).
Married 1st Lilian Flora Johnson (01.11.1895 - (03?).1980), daughter (with two brothers) of Arthur Frederick Johnson (1873-1962), and Lilian Hunt (1872-1902); one daughter.
Married 2nd ... Head; ... children (one son?).
07.1894
West Ashford district, Devon
-
21.01.1958
Hampstead, London
Gnr. ? [70932]
Bdr. ?
Wt.Offr. Cl. I ?
Lt. 24.12.1940 [161671] (reld > 07.1945, < 10.1945)
A/Capt. 29.12.1940-(10.1943),
16.10.1943-09.01.1944
T/Capt. 10.01.1944-(07.1945)
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 04.03.1949 -
      served WW I (1914-15 Star, Victory Medal, British War Medal & 1914 clasp)
24.12.1940     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
Otto,
Penelope Ellison

(Miss)

P.E. Otto
From Kings Sutton.
Married (post-war) Lt.Col. James W. Phillips; one son, one daughter.

05.06.1916
-
10.02.2007
Burnworthy, Churchstanton
[aged 90]
2nd Sub.
09.11.1941 [231808]
WS/Jun.Comd.
01.11.1943 (reld > 04.1946)

Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

MBE
18.02.1943
Middle East
Croix de Guerre (France) CdeG
< 1941
?
09.11.1941


commissioned, Auxiliary Territorial Service

Otway,
Caesar Edward
"Tinker"
C.E. Otway (Photo courtesy of Annie Alford)

Son of Maj. William George Otway, and Dorothy Purdon, of Westward Ho, Devon.
Married ((03?).1946, Westward Ho, Bideford district, Devon) Feonia Theodora Gade, daughter of Mr & Mrs Gade, of Brighton; one daughter.
06.03.1916
Newhaven district, Hampshire
-
?
South Africa
2nd Lt. 30.01.1936 [67062]
Lt. 30.01.1939
A/Capt. 30.12.1940-29.03.1941
T/Capt. 30.03.1941-29.01.1944
Capt. 30.01.1944
A/Maj. 10.05.1946-09.08.1946
T/Maj. 10.08.1946-29.01.1949
Maj. 30.01.1949
T/Lt.Col. 23.11.1953-31.01.1957
Lt.Col. 01.02.1957 (retd 13.05.1960)

Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

OBE 29.01.1957 Cyprus [recommendation available upon request]
Military Cross MC 04.04.1946 Hong Kong [recommendation available upon request]
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Pacific Star Pac St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
General Service Medal Gen SM - & clasp Cyprus
Education: Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; Cambridge University (BA 1938 in engineering; MA 1961); AMInstCE.
30.01.1936     commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers
02.1939 - 25.12.1941 served at Hong Kong
[last British officer to surrender in Hong Kong; he escaped from the Japanese but was re-captured]
25.12.1941 - 17.08.1945 POW in Japanese captivity (from 09.1942 in Tokyo)
Joined the Ministry of Defence as a Civil Servant Engineer.
Otway,
Terence Brandram Hastings
T.B.H. Otway T.B.H. Otway
T.B.H. Otway
15.06.1914
Cairo, Egypt
-
23.07.2006
Tadworth, Surrey
2nd Lt.
30.08.1934
Lt.
30.08.1937
A/Capt.
03.09.1939-30.09.1939,
15.03.1940-16.05.1940
T/Capt.
17.05.1940-15.08.1941
WS/Capt.
16.08.1941
Capt.
30.08.1942
A/Maj.
11.03.1941-03.04.1941,
09.06.1941-15.08.1941
T/Maj.
16.08.1941-22.10.1941,
01.02.1942-27.05.1943,
16.06.1943-22.07.1944
WS/Maj.
23.07.1944
Maj.
30.08.1947 (retd 09.05.1949)
A/Lt.Col.
23.04.1944-22.07.1944
T/Lt.Col.
23.07.1944-(01.1946)
Hon. Lt.Col.
09.05.1949

Distinguished Service Order

DSO
19.10.1944
?
NW Frontier of India 1937-1939 Medal & Clasp
Education: Staff College, Camberley (psc)
30.08.1934


commissioned, Royal Ulster Rifles
01.10.1939
-
08.06.1941
Adjutant, ...



Commanding Officer, 9th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (Army Air Corps)
Overington,
Arthur Chuter
A.C. Overington (Photo courtesy of Mr Frank de Planta)
Son of ... Overington, and ... Berwick.
15.06.1915
Lewisham district, Kent

-
09.1998
Portsmouth district, Hampshire
Sgt. ? [6090083]
2nd Lt. 07.12.1944 [338243]
WS/Lt. 21.04.1945 (reld < 04.1947)
T/Capt. 17.09.1945-(04.1946)
Lt. 01.05.1947, seniority 21.04.1945
Capt. 03.10.1950
Maj. 12.05.1952
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD 25.10.1955 -
07.12.1944     commissioned, The Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) [immediate emergency commission]
(1945)     1/5th Battalion The Queen's Royal Regiment (NW Europe)
01.05.1947 - 20.07.1955 Territorial Army
20.07.1955 - 15.06.1965 Territorial Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]
Owen,
Courtney Bourchier Vyvyan
C.B.V. Owen
11.03.1901
-
(03?).1973
Midhurst district, Sussex
Gnr. WW1 [70042]
Sgt. ? [1411499]
2nd Lt. 24.12.1943, seniority 01.10.1941 [230908]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1941
WS/Capt. 20.01.1946
T/Maj. 20.01.1946-(04.1946)
Mention in Despatches MID 12.10.1940 Dunkirk ?
Efficiency Medal (Militia) EM 29.04.1957 ?
Imperial Service Medal ISM 30.03.1962 GPO Brighton
British War Medal 1914-20 BWM 14|20 ? ?
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St ? ?
Africa Star Afr St ? ?
Defence Medal Def M ? ?
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 ? ?
Skilled workman, Post Office, 02.03.1931.
      served in the ranks, Royal Corps of Signals
24.12.1943     commissioned, General List [emergency commission]
28.04.1944     transferred, Royal Corps of Signals
Technical Officer, General Post Office, Brighton.
Owen,
David Ronald Moorsom
D.R.M. Owen

15.09.1916
Harleston, Norfolk
-
10.10.2007
Devon
2nd Lt. 27.08.1936 [69021]
Lt. 27.08.1939
A/Capt. 26.01.1939-25.01.1940
T/Capt. 26.01.1940-29.11.1940
WS/Capt. 30.11.1940
Capt. 27.08.1944
A/Maj. 30.08.1940-29.11.1940
T/Maj. 30.11.1940-26.08.1949
Maj. 27.08.1949
T/Lt.Col. 20.03.1958-11.04.1958
Lt.Col. 12.04.1958 (supernumerary 12.04.1961)
Col. 10.10.1962 (retd 16.09.1971)

Distinguished Service Order

DSO 28.06.1945 ?
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 31.12.1960 New Year 61
Mention in Despatches MID 19.07.1945 ?
27.08.1936     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery
(1940) - (1945) 2nd Medium Regiment RA
04.08.1945 - 14.09.1945 Brigade Major, ... Division
21.10.1945 - 01.01.1946 Brigade Major, ... Division
... - ... ...
Owen,
Frederick Stanley
F.S. Owen
02.08.1922 ?
-
(06?).1977 ?
2nd Lt.
14.01.1940 [113587]
WS/Lt.
14.07.1941
T/Capt.
15.12.1941-02.11.1943
WS/Capt.
03.11.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
14.01.1940


commissioned, The Lancashire Fusiliers [emergency commission]
Owen,
George
G. Owen
From Stoke-on-Trent.
(03?).1900
Stoke upon Trent district, Staffordshire
-
WS/RSM
?
Lt. QM
11.10.1940 [159397]
WS/Capt. QM
11.10.1943
Capt. QM
01.07.1947, seniority 11.10.1943
Maj. QM
14.06.1949 (reld 01.07.1954)
Hon. Maj. QM
01.07.1954
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
24.01.1946
NW Europe 44-45
1916
 
 
enlisted
11.10.1940


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
01.07.1947
-
01.07.1954
short service commission (at some point in charge of Rochdale TA)
Oxenden *,
Nigel Vernon
N.V. Oxenden
N.V. Oxenden
N.V. Oxenden N.V. Oxenden
N.V. Oxenden

* Changed surname from Gallwey to Oxenden by deed poll of 11.09.1916.
Son of Col. Patrick Fitzgerald Gallwey (1838-1903), and Flora Caroline Oxenden (1864?-1948).
Of Miramar, St Brelade's, Jersey.
Married (16.09.1926, St Helier, Jersey) Patricia Charlotte Alexander, only daughter of Lt.Col. H.S. Alexander, DSO, Indian Army, and Mrs Alexander, of Jersey.

10.10.1895
Westminster, St George Hanover Square district, London
-
01.11.1948
Millbrook Nursing Home, St Helier, Jersey
T/2nd Lt. 28.08.1915 [104719]
T/Lt. ? (reld 03.11.1920)
A/Capt. 05.03.1918-17.05.1918
2nd Lt. 02.12.1939
?, seniority 06.11.1939
WS/Lt. 06.11.1939
A/Capt. 24.07.1940-(04.1941)
WS/Capt. 04.02.1943 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Maj. 04.02.1943-(04.1944)
Hon. Maj. < 04.1946
Military Cross MC 13.02.1917 *
Military Cross MC 02.12.1918 **
* For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and initiative in the placing of his machine guns during an attack on the enemy's trenches. Later, he rescued a wounded man under very heavy fire.
** For conspicuous gallantry and ability while commanding a section of machine guns in an attack. He led his men forward with great dash and took up an advanced position, from which he was able to cover the line reached by the infantry with enfilade fire. When the enemy attempted to counterattack he materially assisted in breaking up the attack.
 28.08.1915     commissioned, Welsh Regiment
21.12.1915     transferred, Machine Gun Corps
05.03.1918 - 17.05.1918 Second-in-Command of a Company
02.12.1939     commissioned, The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers [emergency commission]
24.07.1940 - (04.1941) seconded (shown under Commands and Staff, Miscellaneous Special Appointments)
(04.1944)     seconded
      served Auxiliary Units
Published: Auxiliary Units history and achievement, 1940-1944 : the official story of Britain’s secret wartime resistance army / discovered and introduced by the British Resistance Organisation Museum ; from an original document written by N.V. Oxenden, October 1944 ; [researched and compiled by Andy Taylor]. (1998)
Ozzard Low,
Laurence David
L.D. Ozzard Low
Married ((06?).1934, Richmond district, Yorkshire) Edna Irena Oates; ... children.
Married ((03?).1954, Ashford district, Kent) Mrs ... Given (née Bullwinkle).
Married ((09?).1976, Ashord district, Kent) Mary Alexandra Lippett (died 10.12.2006).

16.08.1909
-
08.09.2010
Ashminster, Ashford, Kent
2nd Lt.
30.01.1931 [38321]
Lt.
30.01.1934
Capt.
30.01.1939
RAOC Ordn.Offr. 4th cl.
16.08.1939-15.08.1942
RAOC Capt. (& Ordn.Offr. 4th cl. to 20.04.1944)
16.08.1942, seniority 01.05.1939
A/Maj. (& Ordn.Offr. 3rd cl.)
28.02.1941-27.05.1941
T/Maj. (& Ordn.Offr. 3rd cl. to 20.04.1944)
28.05.1941-04.05.1942,
31.08.1942-01.03.1943,
16.09.1943-08.07.1944
WS/Maj.
09.07.1944
A/Lt.Col. (& Ordn.Offr. 2nd cl.)
14.11.1941-26.12.1941,
22.05.1944-08.07.1944
T/Lt.Col.
09.07.1944-(01.1946)
Lt.Col.
11.05.1951 (retd 31.08.1955)
Mention in Despatches MID
23.05.1946
Mediterranean



from King's Own Malta R. (Reserve)
30.01.1931


commissioned, The Prince of Wales's Volunteers
30.01.1934


transferred, The South Lancashire Regiment
29.10.1937
-
15.08.1939
served Indian Army (seconded for service with Indian Army Ordnance Corps)
01.05.1939


transferred, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
31.08.1955
-
16.08.1966
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]
Maltese ambassador.
       
 
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