British Army Officers
1939-1945

 

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Raby,
Walter Arnold
W.A. Raby (Photo courtesy of Mrs Judy Mcpherson)
Son of ... Raby, and ... Moore ?
(09?).1917 ?
Barrow in Furness
district, Lancashire ?

-
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 28.02.1942 [226570]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942 (reld 27.11.1948)
T/Capt. 1945 ?
Hon. Capt. 27.11.1948
28.02.1942     commissioned, The Suffolk Regiment [emergency commission]
(1945)     Motor Transport Officer, Motor Transport Staff, C.A.S. Police Depot, Negapatam
Radford,
Alan James
A.J. Radford
Son of James Truth Radford, and of
Dorothy Maud Radford (née Heard), of
South Woodford, Essex.
(03?).1921
West Ham, Greater
London

-
10.09.1943
(KIA) [age 22]
[Bari War Cemetery,
Italy, XV.E.3]
Cadet
? [7598568]
2nd Lt.
05.11.1942 [251305]
WS/Lt.
?
15.07.1942
 
 
entered, Royal Military College, Sandhurst (awarded the Sword of Honour)
05.08.1942
 
 
transferred, Officer Cadet Training Unit, Aldershot
05.11.1942


commissioned, Essex Regiment [emergency commission]
11.11.1942
 
 
transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
?
-
10.09.1943
served 6th (10th Battalion The Royal Welch Fusiliers) Battalion Parachute Regiment (Italy [killed in action])
Radford,
Robert
R. Radford
From West Croydon.
?
-
WS/RQMS ?
Lt. QM 03.08.1942 [254554]
Capt. QM 1947/48?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 23.03.1944 Sicily [recommendation available upon request]
Mention in Despatches MID 13.01.1944 Middle East
03.08.1942     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
1940? - 1943? 4th Survey Regiment RA (Middle East, North Africa, Sicily) (MBE, despatches)
01.09.1947 - 21.11.1950 short service commission
21.11.1950 - 03.01.1951 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]
Raffin,
William Patrick Stewart
W.P.S. Raffin (Photo courtesy of Mr Ian Tomkins)
Son of ... Raffin, and ... Saultry.
Married ((03?).1937, Stoke Newington district, London) Eileen Mary Whitbread (28.04.1911 - 03.2005); one daughter, one son.
11.11.1912
Brentford district, Middlesex
-
(09?).1977
Kingston upon Thames district, London
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 03.08.1940 [143232]
WS/Lt. 03.02.1942 (reld > 04.1946, < 04.1947)
T/Capt. 19.01.1943-(07.1945)
Mention in Despatches MID 19.07.1945 Italy
? - 03.08.1940 Officer Producing Centre, Royal Army Service Corps
03.08.1940     commissioned, Royal Army Service Corps [emergency commission]
Railton,
John Parkes
J.P. Railton
Married; ... children (one daughter ?).
(12?).1904
Chester district, Cheshire
-
2nd Lt.
24.03.1944 [313711]
WS/Capt.
25.07.1945
T/Maj.
25.07.1945-(04.1946)
Police inspector in Lancashire.
24.03.1944


commissioned, General List [emergency commission]



served in NW Europe (Normandy (06.1944), France, Holland & Germany)
Became Land Liaison Officer in Luneburg and police advisor for at least 8 years, thereafter in civilian capacity in Hannover till 1966. Member of the Niederrhein Lodge of the Freemasons.
Ralston,
John Alexander Eben
J.A.E. Ralston (Photo courtesy of Mr Peter Epps) J.A.E. Ralston
Only son (with one sister) of Andrew Agnew Ralston, OBE (1866-1926), and Marie Georgina H. Smythe Edwards (1877-), of Philipstoun House, Linlithgow, West Lothian.
Married 1st (08.12.1930, St Mark's, North Audley Street, St George Hanover Square district, London; marriage dissolved) Patricia Frances M. Barry ((03?).1906-), only daughter of Mr & Mrs Ernest Barry, of Highfields Park, Withyham, Sussex; ... children (one son?). She remarried ((03?).1947, Lewes district, Susssex) Charles R.M. McArthur.
Married 2nd (27.08.1946, Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) Muriel ..., widow of Cdr. Hugh Fortescue Curry, DSC, RN (1890-1932); one son.
Residence: (1942) Lewes, Sussex.
08.11.1899
Abercorn, Linlithgowshire, West Lothian, Scotland
-
?
2nd Lt. 20.12.1918 [12633]
Lt. 15.05.1920
T/Capt. 06.01.1929-08.03.1929
Capt. 09.03.1929 (retd 20.12.1933)
Maj. TA 28.12.1934, seniority 27.10.1934
Lt.Col. TA 17.02.1937
Bt. Maj. 02.09.1941
T/Maj. ?
WS/Maj. 28.01.1943
T/Lt.Col. 28.01.1943-10.10.1945
WS/Lt.Col. 11.10.1945
local Col. 01.06.1943-(10.1944)
local Brig. 11.04.1945-(10.1945)
A/Brig. 11.04.1945-10.10.145
T/Brig. 11.10.1945-(12.1946)
Hon. Brig. < 04.1947
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 21.07.1942 Malta
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
Africa Star Afr St - -
Italy Star It St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39-45 - -
Mention in Despatches MID 13.01.1944 Middle East
Mention in Despatches MID 10.05.1945 NW Europe
Coronation Medal 1937 Cor M - -
Croix de Guerre avec palmes (France) CdeG 1944 France *
* Col Ralston, has, since the earliest days of the invasion, been in command, most successfully, of 36 Beach Group. In this capacity, he has been responsible in turn for the operation of several beaches and ports and since their capture the ports of BOULOGNE and CALAIS. He has carried out any task given him with unflagging zeal and energy and success and has proved himself a most capable and enterprising commander under all circumstances.
Education: Charterhouse; Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
20.12.1918     commissioned, The Highland Light Infantry (City of Glasgow Regiment)
16.08.1919     served North Russia
30.08.1924 - 19.05.1927 Instructor, Signal Training Centre
19.05.1927     restored to the establishment
06.01.1929 - 06.01.1933 Adjutant, 7th (Blythswood) Battalion The Highland Light Infantry (Territorial Army) (Glasgow)
02.09.1933     restored to the establishment
20.12.1933 - 23.08.1950 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [exceeded age limit]
28.12.1934 - 19.06.1939 8th (1st City of London) Battalion The Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment) - Territorial Army (Bloomsbury) (from 17.02.1937 as Commanding Officer)
      served in Malta, Middle East, Sicily, Italy, NW Europe, and SE Asia:
09.11.1940 - (04.1941) Assistant Military Secretary, Malta Command
1943 - 1943 Commanding Officer, 18th Battalion The Durham Light Infantry
1943 - 1944 Commander, 35 & 36 Beach Groups
      Commander 2 Area (Commander of the Singapore Military Area)
Member City of London Territorial Army and Air Force Association, 1937 to 1940, V.P. Rhodesia Labour Party; Commissioned for Oaths, Southern Rhodesia 1952.
Ramsay,
Alastair Ian Greville
A.I.G. Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Mr Lee Lidbury)
13.08.1916
Carlisle district, Cumberland
-
?
2nd Lt. 27.08.1936 [69132]
Lt. 27.08.1939
A/Capt. 08.04.1940-07.07.1940
T/Capt. 08.07.1940-04.10.1943,
27.01.1944-01.07.1944
Capt. 27.08.1944
A/Maj. 19.07.1945-18.10.1945
T/Maj. 19.10.1945-26.08.1949
Maj. 27.08.1949 (retd 26.09.1962)
T/Lt.Col. 01.06.1955-...
Hon. Lt.Col. 26.09.1962
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) OBE 01.01.1963 New Year 1963
27.08.1936     commissioned, The Royal Scots Fusiliers
03.06.1943 - 23.09.1943 training course, Staff College, Camberley
Ramsay,
Donald McInnes
D.McI. Ramsay D.McI. Ramsay
Married Elizabeth ...; one daughter.
1923
Port Glasgow, Scotland
-
08.07.2011
Sydney, NSW, Australia
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 05.03.1943 [265885]
WS/Lt. 05.09.1943
T/Capt. 16.08.1944-(12.1946)
WS/Capt. ? (reld 03.05.1948)
Lt. 1948?
A/Capt. 10.01.1949-09.01.1950
Capt. 10.01.1950, seniority 10.01.1949 (reld 27.06.1952; op appointment to a commission in the Australian Military Forces)
      161st Officer Cadet Training unit
05.03.1943     commissioned, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) [emergency commission]
      served in Italy (including the Cassino battles) and Greece
03.05.1948     enlisted service, Territorial Army
1948?     commissioned, Gordon Highlanders - Territorial Army
Transferred to the Australian Regular Army in 1952 and served with the Victorian Scottish Regiment and the Royal Australian Regiment, including with the 2nd Battalion (Adjutant & Company Commander, 1954-1957) in operations against the communist terrorists in Malaya (1955–57), initially as adjutant and then as a company commander. He served with the Pacific Islands Regiment twice. From 1960 to 1962, he was a company commander and then second-in-command of the Regiment, then a single battalion. From 1965 to 1967, he raised the 2nd Battalion and became its foundation commanding officer. The battalion was based in Wewak with responsibility for the border with Indonesia. He retired as Colonel from the Army to lead Papua New Guinea’s largest community-owned export-import company until independence in 1975 and subsequently served on the administrative staff of the Scots College in Sydney until 1994. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2001 for services to international relations, recognising his contributions to both Papua New Guinea and “gap year” exchange programmes between British and Australian youth.
Ramsay,
Norman Bruce
N.B. Ramsay (Photo courtesy of Mr Stephen Lewins)

Eldest son of Norman Frederick Ramsay (1863-1935), lock manufacturer, and Ada Elizabeth Wyand (1867-1920), of The Grange, Alnmouth, Northumberland.
Married 1st (05.11.1928, St Martin-in-the-Fields, London) Mary Eleanor Isabel "Melissa" Laurence (18.12.1898 - 1971), widow of Lt.Cdr. James Philip Alfred Bremridge, RN (1893-1926), and daughter of Henry Hamilton Laurence (1864-1923), and Mary Butler (?-1953), of British Guyana.
Married 2nd (1948, Kelso, Scotland) Marysia O. Sanecka (née Skrzyńska) (25.07.1917 - 21.10.1960), daughter of Andrej Skrzyński, and Anny Marrii de Nikorowicz; on daughter, one son. She remarried (26.07.1943, Edinburgh, Scotland)  Maurice Oliver Pease (1901-1975); one daughter.
(03?).1896
Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
-
17.11.1953

5 Winton Terrace, Grange district, Edinburgh City, Scotland
T/2nd Lt. 27.01.1914 [34854] (reld 31.05.1919)
T/Lt. ?
T/Capt. 04.01.1917, seniority 30.09.1916 (reld 23.03.1917; ill-health caused by wounds)
Hon. Capt. 23.03.1917
T/2nd Lt. 15.04.1921 (reld 09.06.1921)
Capt. 17.03.1928 (reld 01.04.1932)
Capt. 01.08.1939
A/Maj. (1940)
T/Maj. 05.03.1940-(04.1941)
WS/Maj. 15.08.1943 (retd 01.09.1948; exceeded age limit)
T/Lt.Col. 15.08.1943-(04.1944),
15.04.1945-(04.1947)
Hon. Lt.Col. 01.09.1948
MC 14.01.1916 St Julian, Belgium 26.04.15
Mention in Despatches MID 20.12.1940 operations in the field 03-06.40
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD 20.04.1944 -
1915 Star 15 St - -
British War Medal 1914-1920 BWM 14|20 - -
Victory Medal VM - -
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Education: Uppingham School.
     

late Cadet Lance-Serjeant, Uppingham School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps

27.01.1914     commissioned, 6th Battalion The Northumberland Fusiliers - Territorial Force; served in France; badly wounded
03.01.1921     re-enlisted
? - 01.04.1932 The Ayrshire Yeomanry (Earl of Carrick's Own) - Territorial Army
01.08.1939     commissioned, 4th Battalion The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders - Territorial Army (Officer Commanding, B Company)
24.08.1939     mobilized TA
      Second-in-Command, No. 11 Commando
      Deputy Commander, HQ Auxiliary Units
1945     appointed to British Advisory Staff, Polish resettlement Corps, Scottish Command
Company director.
Ramsden,
Eric Appleyard
E.A. Ramsden
Son of John C. Ramsden, and Alice Appleyard.
Married ((03?).1950, Bradford district, West Yorkshire) June Tillotson; ... children (one son?).
15.04.1917
Bradford district, West Yorkshire
-
03.2003
Bradford district, West Yorkshire
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 01.05.1943 [273743]
WS/Lt. 01.11.1943
Lt. 13.11.1946, seniority 01.11.1943
Capt. 25.07.1949
Capt. & Paym. 05.04.1953
01.05.1943     commissioned, Reconnaissance Corps [emergency commission]
?     transferred, Parachute Regiment - Army Air Corps
13.11.1946 - 05.04.1953 commissioned, The South Staffordshire Regiment [short service commission]
05.04.1953 - 08.07.1959 transferred, Royal Army Pay Corps (served for some period at Ashton-under-Lyne Pay Office)
08.07.1959 - ? Regular Army Reserve of Officers
Randall,
Paul Dominic
P.D. Randall

From Cliftonville.
1913 ?
-
25.02.2007
[age 94]
2nd Lt.
11.10.1941 [210952]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
T/Capt.
(1945?)
Maj. TA
23.02.1949
Lt.Col. TA
31.03.1956
Col. TA
31.03.1961, senioritty 31.03.1959 (retd 06.07.1964)
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
20.09.1945
Italy
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD
?
?
11.10.1941


commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals [emergency commission]
23.02.1949
-
06.07.1964
Territorial Army
06.07.1964
-
?
Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Randall,
Ronald William
R.W. Randall
22.02.1913 ?
Maidenhead district, Berkshire ?
-
10.1990 ?

Honiton district, Devon ?
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
09.11.1940 [155719]
WS/Lt.
09.05.1942 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Capt.
?
Hon. Capt.
< 04.1946
?
-
09.11.1940
166th Officer Cadet Training Unit
09.11.1940


commissioned, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) [emergency commission]



served 14th Army (South East Asia Command), 2nd Infantry Division, possibly in 3rd infantry regiment
Rankin,
Colin Whitelock
C.W. Rankin
26.10.1912
Richmond, Surrey
-
05.1992
Wandsworth, London
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
19.10.1940 [153498]
A/Lt.
28.10.1940-(04.1941)
WS/Lt.
05.07.1941
T/Capt.
05.07.1941-(04.1944)
WS/Capt.
16.10.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Maj.
?
Hon. Capt.
< 04.1946
Mention in Despatches MID
04.04.1946
NW Europe
19.10.1940


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
(04.1941)
 
 
specially employed
(04.1944)
 
 
specially employed
(1944)
-
(1945)
3rd Battery, 1st Heavy Regiment RA
Rankine,
William Henry
"Peter" / "Bill"
W.H. Rankine
Son of Adam Rankine, from Trinidad and Tobago.
Married (1953) ...; three daughters.
25.02.1922
Nablus, Palestine
-
1984
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 10.04.1943 [269875]
WS/Lt. 10.10.1943 (reld > 04.1946)
10.04.1943     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
      served in North Africa, Italy and Greece
Spent the majority of his life post-war in the Far East and Africa.
Ransley,
Eric John
E.J. Ransley
Son of ... Ransley, and ... Watkins.
26.09.1921
Canterbury district, Kent
-
28.04.2008
Frimley Park Hospital
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 28.06.1941 [193677]
... ...
WS/Lt. 05.07.1941
T/Capt. 05.07.1941-(04.1944)
WS/Capt. 16.10.1945 (reld < 04.1946)
T/Maj. ?
Hon. Capt. < 04.1946
Maj. QM 01.01.1957
Lt.Col. (SQM) 17.10.1973 (retd 26.09.1976)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 08.06.1968 ?
MC 13.09.1945 ?
28.06.1941     commissioned, The Buffs [emergency commission to 31.12.1946]
... - ... ...
Ranyell,
Harold Royston
H.R. Ranyell

Son of Irene Nellie Ranyell (1883-).
(12?).1903
St Marylebone district, London
-
(03?).1973
Epping district, Essex
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 13.04.1943 [281327]
WS/Lt. 13.10.1943 (reld > 04.1947)
T/Capt. 02.06.1945-(04.194r)
13.04.1943     commissioned, Royal Army Ordnance Corps (Administrative Branch) [emergency commission]
Raphael,
Frank Henry
J.N. Ratcliffe

Eldest son (with three sisters and three brothers) of Cecil Frank Raphael (1876-1936), and Margaret Alice Leon (1881-1967), of Park Lane, London W1.
27.05.1902
St Marylebone district, London
-
16.12.1957
Hartismere district, Suffolk
L/Cpl. ?
2nd Lt. 23.01.1941 [169311]
WS/Lt. 23.07.1942
T/Capt. 16.01.1943-31.03.1943
WS/Capt. 01.04.1943
T/Maj. 01.04.1943-24.01.1944
WS/Maj. 25.01.1944 (reld < 04.1946)
local Lt.Col. 28.06.1943-(04.1944)
Hon. Maj. < 04.1946
Education: Harrow School (1915.3-1916.3; The Grove).
23.01.1941     commissioned, Royal Horse Guards [emergency commission]
Businessman.
Rapley,
Gordon Trevor
G.T. Rapley (Photo courtesy of Mr Andrew Thomas)
?
New Zealand
-
2nd Lt. 24.08.1941 [203473]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942 (reld 31.07.1943; on appointment to a commission in the New Zealand Forces)
      Officer Training School, Belgaum (India)
24.08.1941     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery[emergency commission]
Ratcliffe,
John Nielsen
J.N. Ratcliffe
?
-
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 15.02.1941 [172290]
WS/Lt. 12.08.1942 (reld > 04.1946, < 04.1947)
T/Capt. 12.08.1942-(04.1946)
? - 15.02.1941 either 164th, 165th or 166th Officer Cadet Training Unit
15.02.1941     commissioned, The Welch Regiment [emergency commission]
Ravenhill,
Collingwood
"Collin"
C. Ravenhill (Photo courtesy of Daniel Ravenhill) C. Ravenhill (Photo courtesy of Daniel Ravenhill)
Son of Lt.Col. Collingwood Ravenhill (1871-1929), and Kathleen Ravenhill.
Married Violet Millie "Peggy" Spinks (25.01.1903 - 02.2003), of 51 Marsham Court, London SW1, later of Hampton Court Palace, daughter of Commissary & Maj. Charles William Frederick Spinks, Indian Army Departments; no children.
13.05.1910
South Africa
-
14.04.1947
Westminster, London
(died of cancer) [age 36]

[Brompton Cemetery, London, plot 7.1, grave 173257]
2nd Lt. 30.01.1930 [44943]
Lt. 30.01.1933
Capt. 01.03.1938
A/Maj. 13.05.1940-12.08.1940
T/Maj. 13.08.1940-24.12.1941
WS/Maj. 25.12.1941
A/Lt.Col. 25.09.1941-24.12.1941
T/Lt.Col. 25.12.1941-14.05.1944
WS/Lt.Col. 15.05.1944
A/Col. 15.11.1943-14.05.1944
T/Col. 15.05.1944-14.04.1947
A/Brig. 05.02.1945-04.08.1945
T/Brig. 05.08.1945-14.04.1947
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 19.04.1945 NW Europe *
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - & clasp Battle of Britain
Italy Star It St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Officer, Legion of Merit (US) LM 23.05.1947 for services performed 02.45-05.45 [certificate & citation sent 03.07.46, decoration sent 03.04.47] **
* This officer held the appointment of Colonal ‘Q’ Plans, Supreme Headquarters, Allied Expeditionary Force, during the planning period and continues to be employed in that capacity. Colonel Ravenhill brought to bear sound judgement, a high sense of duty and a great capacity for hard work to carry out a difficult task in a highly satisfactory manner. In so doing, he has obtained the confidence of his superior Officers, both British and American, and his efforts have furthered in no little measure the Allied cause. Recommended by Lt.Gen. Humfrey M. Gale.
** Personal papers show that he might have been awarded both the degree of Officer and that of Commander.
Education: Wellington College (Summer 1923-Summer 1928; Orange House); Royal Military Academy, Woolwich (1928-1930).
30.01.1930     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery
(03.1931)     3rd Medium Brigade RA (Longmoor)
(06.1933) - (01.1937) Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Artillery (Hong Kong)
(01.1938)     Depot Brigade, Depot RA (Woolwich)
(01.1939)     2nd Training Regiment, Depot RA (Woolwich)
06.1939     qualified as interpreter 2nd class in German
      served with/worked for General Montgomery & General Eisenhower, seeing service in North Africa (El Alamein?) & NW Europe (planning D-Day landings, Berlin):
13.05.1940 - 24.09.1941 Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General (DAQMG), ...
25.09.1941 - 05.08.1941 Assistant Adjutant and Quartermaster-General (AA&QMG), ...
06.08.1942 - 09.05.1943 Commanding Officer, 150th (South Nottinghamshire Hussars) Field Regiment RA (UK)
10.05.1943 - 10.1944 Assistant Quartermaster-General (AQMG), War Office [as Colonel "Q" Plans attached to SHAEF]
10.1944 - 07.1945 Deputy Chief Logistical Plans, Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF)
02.1945 - 05.1945 Deputy Chief of Staff SHAEF Headquarters – Berlin District
Published: Tactics employed by the Japanese Army in the War of 1904-5, In: Journal of the Royal United Service Institution (Vol. 82, No. 527, Aug. 1937, p. 555-563); Sino-Japanese background, In: Journal of the Royal United Service Institution (Vol. 83, No. 529, 1938, p. 162-168); The influence of logistics on operations in North-West Europe, 1944-1945. In: Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies (Vol. 91, No. 564, Nov. 1946, p. 495-502).
Raw,
Cecil Whitfield
"Charles"
C.W. Raw
Son of N. Whitfield Raw, of Audley Lodge, Folkestone.
Married (14.09.1929, Christ Church, Mayfair, St George Hanover Square district, London) Barbara Marion Alice Harker, daughter of J. Milner Harker, of Streatham; two sons.
19.10.1900
Sevenoaks district, Kent
-
15.02.1969
Bromley, Kent
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 01.04.1921 [22742]
Lt. ?
Capt. ?
Maj. 26.09.1931
Bt. Lt.Col. 01.01.1938
Lt.Col. 01.10.1938
A/Col. 12.11.1940-11.05.1941
T/Col. 12.05.1941-(04.1944)
Col. 11.04.1945 (supernumerary 28.10.1945)
T/Brig. 12.05.1941-(04.1944)
Hon. Brig. < 04.1946
Commander of the Order of the British Empire CBE 11.06.1942 HM's birthday 42
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD 11.07.1941 -
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD 31.03.1953 3rd clasp
Education: Dover College.
Chartered accountant.
01.04.1921     commissioned, Kent Heavy Brigade (from 01.10.1932: Kent and Sussex Heavy Brigade) Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
24.08.1939     mobilized TA
      Commander Corps Coast Artillery (Dover)
13.02.1951 - 19.10.1958 Territorial Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]
Military Member, County of Kent & County of Sussex Territorial Army and Air Force Associations (04.1944)-(04.1946). Fellow Institute of Chartered Accountants; Partner in Hyland Riches & Raw, Chartered Accountants, 7 Southampton Place, WC1, and in Ernest James & Co., Chartered Accountants, 11-13 Dowgate Hill, EC4; Governor of Dover College; Chairman, Rochester Diocesan Board of Finance. Deputy Lieutenant (DL), Kent, 09.01.1952.  Former Honorary Colonel 265th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, RA TA, 28.09.1949-19.10.1965. ADC (Additional) to the Queen, 30.11.1951-1961.
Rawlence,
Edward Ernest
E.E. Rawlence
Younger son of George Norman Rawlence, and Sarah Margaret Fitzgerald "Corrie" Law, of Bemerton, Salisbury.
(06?).1922
Bemerton, Wilton district, Wiltshire
-
11.09.1944
[age 22]
[Leopoldsburg War Cemetery, Belgium, I.D.6]

Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
29.11.1941 [219069]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
A/Capt.
1944?
Mention in Despatches MID
22.03.1945
NW Europe [posthumously]
Education: Wellington College.
29.11.1941


commissioned, Irish Guards [emergency commission]
?
-
11.09.1944
Motor Transport Officer, 3rd Battalion Irish Guards (killed during the attack on the bridge at Lommel whilst trying to stalk a S.P. gun with a PIAT)
Rawlings,
Anthony Clive
A.C. Rawlings
Only son of R.Adm. Henry Clive Rawlings, CB, DSO (1883-1965), and Georgina Helen Watson, of Gloyns house, Yealmpton, Devon.
Married 1st (29.03.1947, Loddiswell, Kingsbridge district, Devon) Daphne E. Conran ((09?).1925 - ), elder daughter of Capt. William Adam Bastard Conran (1887-1964), and Elfrida Gladys Allin (1892-1979), of Blackwell Park, Loddiswell, Devon.
Married 2nd (1969?) Virginia Wodehouse, only daughter of Mr & Mrs N.H. Wodehouse, of Coldlands Farm, Horley, Surrey.
09.11.1914
Plympton St Mary district, Cornwall / Devon
-
06.2002
Worcester district, Worcestershire
2nd Lt. 31.01.1935 [64576]
Lt. 31.01.1938
A/Capt. 06.10.1939-05.01.1940
T/Capt. 06.01.1940-15.01.1940
Capt. 31.01.1943
A/Maj. 08.05.1946-30.06.1946,
09.09.1946-15.10.1946
T/Maj. 16.10.1946-30.01.1948
Maj. 31.01.1948
T/Lt.Col. 10.10.1956-24.03.1958
Lt.Col. 25.03.1958
Col. 05.12.1963 (retd 24.02.1967)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 24.04.1953 Korea 07-12.52
Mention in Despatches MID 07.01.1949 ?
Palestine 1936-39 medal & clasp
Education: Royal Military College, Sandhurst.
31.01.1935     commissioned, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
(09.1935) - (01.1937) 2nd Battalion The Buffs (Bordon)
(01.1938)     1st Battalion The Buffs (Lucknow)
(01.1939)     1st Battalion The Buffs (Palestine)
? - 06?.1940 served in France (captured)
06?.1940 - 1945 POW in German captivity
23.01.1946 - 07.05.1946 Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal, London District
08.05.1946 - 29.06.1946 Assistant Provost Marshal, London District
1946 - 1948 Assistant Provost Marshal, 163 HQ Provost Coy, Royal Military Police (UK)
12.11.1948 - 09.05.1949 Assistant Provost Marshal, East Africa Command
10.05.1949 - 03.01.1950 Assistant Provost Marshal, Port Said Garrison
15.03.1950 - 12.11.1950 Assistant Provost Marshal, Hamburg
13.11.1950 - 01.10.1951 Assistant Provost Marshal, ... Armoured Division
12.02.1952 - 24.06.1953 Deputy Assistant Provost Marshal, Comwel Division
09.11.1953 - 01.10.1956 CI Depot (Royal Military Police)
19.02.1955     transferred, Corps of Royal Military Police
10.10.1956 - 05.07.1958 Assistant Provost Marshal, London District
06.07.1958 - 03.05.1959 Assistant Provost Marshal, East Command
21.05.1959 - 23.10.1961 Assistant Provost Marshal, HQ 1 (BR) Corps
30.07.1962 - 13.11.1963 Assistant Provost Marshal, HQ Eastern Command
05.12.1963 - 03.03.1965 Commandant, RMP Depot and Training Establishment
16.03.1965 - 24.02.1967 Provost Marshal, HQ Far East Land Forces
Ray,
Ernest James
E.J. Ray
?
-
?
QMS ?
Lt. 27.08.1940 [202376]
T/Capt. 01.06.1943-(07.1945)
      8th Royal Hussars
27.08.1940     commissioned, General List [emergency commission]
01.06.1943 - (04.1945) Instructor, Officers Training School, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (Rushton Hall, near Kettering)
Ray,
Leonard
L. Ray

Married ...; ... children (one son?).
?
-
Cadet ? [3453706]
2nd Lt. 24.09.1943 [295030]
WS/Lt. 24.03.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
24.09.1943     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
23.02.1944     transferred, The South Lancashire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Volunteers)
Rayfield,
Patrick Joseph
P.J. Rayfield
08.08.1920
Mussoorie, India
-
01.2001
West Surrey district
WS/Sub-Conductor (Wt.Offr. Cl. I) 19.12.1942
      served, Berkshire Regiment
?     transferred, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Raymond,
Claud
W.J.M. Raynsford

Son (with one brother [Capt. Antony Elliot Garden Raymond, Indian Army (1918-1945)] and two sisters) of Lt.Col. Maurice Claud Raymond, CIE, MC (1884-1959), and of Margaret Lilias Nancy Brown (1882?-1969), of Fulham, London.

22.10.1923
Mottistone, Isle of Wight
-
22.03.1945

Talaku, Burma
(KIA) [age 21]

[Taukkyan Cemetery, Burma, 12.G.9]
2nd Lt. 02.05.1943 [273474]
WS/Lt. 02.11.1943
Victoria Cross VC 28.06.1945 Talaku, Burma 22.03.45
02.05.1943     commissioned, Corps of Royal Engineers [emergency commission]
Raynor,
Arthur William
A.W. Raynor

Married (03.08.1933, St George's Barracks, Malta) Olive Marjorie Harris.
1908 ?
-
Sgt. ?
Cadet ?
Lt. 30.11.1940 [158854]
WS/Capt. 27.05.1945 (reld < 04.946)
T/Maj. 1945?
Hon. Maj. < 04.1946
Capt. 23.10.1946, seniority 27.05.1945 (reld 02.12.1949)
? - 30.11.1940 170th Officer Cadet Training Unit
30.11.1940     commissioned, The Cheshire Regiment [emergency commission]
23.10.1946 - 02.12.1949 short service commission
Raynor,
Rowland
A.W. Raynor
?
-
A/Wt.Offr. Cl. II ?
Lt. 31.12.1940 [161784] (reld > 04.1946)
31.12.1940     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
Raynsford,
Wyvill John Macdonald
W.J.M. Raynsford

Son of Richard Montague Raynsford and Daphne Mildred Raynsford.
Husband of Patricia Howell Raynsford, of Scarborough, Yorkshire.
1921 ?
-
26.06.1944

(KIA) [age 23]

[St. Manvieu War Cemetery, Cheux, IV.C.11]
Cadet RN
01.05.1938
2nd Lt.
02.09.1939 [101748]
WS/Lt.
02.03.1941
T/Capt.
19.11.1941
01.05.1938


joined Royal Navy
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
02.09.1939


commissioned, Royal Armoured Corps - Territorial Army
24.08.1939
-
26.06.1944
2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry
Rea,
Stanley Charles Walsh Wright
S.C.W.W. Rea, 1945 (Photo courtsey of Mr B.J. Pullen) S.C.W.W. Rea, 1947 (Photo courtsey of Mr B.J. Pullen)
S.C.W.W. Rea, 1928 (Photo courtsey of Mr B.J. Pullen)
From Cheltenham.
16.04.1901
-
03.1984

Fulham district, London
2nd Lt.
08.09.1923, seniority 30.08.1922 [26342]
Lt.
30.08.1924
Capt.
01.04.1936
Maj.
30.08.1939 (retd 07.11.1949)
A/Lt.Col.
25.11.1941-24.02.1942
T/Lt.Col.
25.02.1942-14.08.1944
WS/Lt.Col.
15.08.1944
A/Col.
15.02.1944-14.08.1944
T/Col.
15.08.1944-06.03.1945
Hon. Col.
07.11.1949
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
13.12.1945
Italy
Mention in Despatches MID
23.03.1944
Sicily
NW Frontier of India Medal & Clasp
08.09.1923


commissioned, The Essex Regiment
(03.1931)


2nd Battalion, The Essex Regiment (Nowshera, India)
(06.1933)


2nd Battalion, The Essex Regiment (Nasirabad, India)
25.07.1936
-
23.04.1937
Staff Captain, British Troops in the Sudan (temporary)
01.11.1938
-
31.10.1940
Adjutant, 2nd/6th Battalion (65th Searchlight Regiment) (Territorial), The Essex Regiment (Southend)
(1945)


British Military training Team (Greece)
Read,
Geoffrey Cecil
"Geoff"
G.C. Read
Son of ... Read, and ... Mann.
Married (20.03.1948, East Ham district, London) Iris Hazel Songhurst; one daughter, one son.
Residence: Bromely, Hayes (Kent) then Hildenborough (Kent).
30.07.1916
Hackney district, London
-
10.03.2004
Kent-Sussex Hospital
2nd Lt. 22.02.1941 [174201]
WS/Lt. 22.08.1942 (reld > 04.1946)
T/Capt. 01.01.1945-(04.1946)
? - 22.02.1941 either 162nd, 167th or 168th Officer Cadet Training Unit, Sandhurst
22.02.1941     commissioned, The Lincolnshire Regiment [emergency commission]
Worked for Barclays Bank for 40+ years retiring after reaching London branch Bank manager.
Read,
Leopold John Douglas
R.G. Read
Son (with four brothers) of Gp.Capt. John Victor Read, RAF (1887-1952), and Elizabeth Hannah May Link (1887-1984).
Married 1st ((12?).1933, Hackney district, London) Lavita Susan Smyth (05.05.1910 - (06?).1979), daughter of John Smyth-Piggott, and Ruth Preece; three daughters.
Married 2nd ((03?).1952, Truro district, Cornwall) Joan Sheilah Abercrombie (née Ingham) (23.01.1908 - 10.1984), daughter (with three brothers and three sisters) of Stanley Roy Ingham (1873-1944), and Janet Susie Scott (1880-1926).
09.12.1912
Bridgwater district, Somerset
-
(12?).1977
Limpsfield, Surrey South Eastern district, Surrey
2nd Lt. 02.02.1933 [58057]
Lt. 02.02.1936
A/Capt. 08.11.1939-07.02.1940
T/Capt. 08.02.1940-16.01.1941
WS/Capt. 17.01.1941
Capt. 02.02.1941
A/Maj. 17.10.1940-16.01.1941
T/Maj. 17.01.1941-09.06.1945
Maj. 01.07.1946
Lt.Col. 01.04.1954 (retd 17.12.1954)
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 08.07.1941 Middle East
Mention in Despatches MID 30.12.1941 Middle east
Mention in Despatches MID 29.08.1946 POW
Education: Royal Military Academy, Woolwich.
02.02.1933     commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals
1936     served in India
08.11.1939 - 16.10.1940 Adjutant, 4th Indian Divisional Signals
1940     Staff Officer to Chief Signals Officer, HQ XIII Corps (Western Desert Force, 1941 in Greece [captured 06.1941]) (MBE, despatches)
06.1941 - 04.1945 POW (Oflag IX A/H (L) and A/Z)
1950     Commanding Officer, 7th Armoured Divisional Signal Regiment
17.12.1954 - 09.12.1967 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [attained age limit]
Read,
Richard George
R.G. Read
Son of George and Mary Read.
Married (02.07.1927, British Consulate, Cairo, Egypt) Daisy Marion Preston, of Llangawsai, Aberystwyth Cardiganshire; two daughters.
28.04.1899
Birmingham, Warwickshire
-
11.09.1946
Chester Military Hospital
[age 47]
[Plumstead Cemetery, London, section Q, grave 672]
Gnr. 27.08.1914 [87730]
L/Sgt. ? [1048845]
Lt. QM 26.07.1939 [93818]
WS/Capt. QM 01.11.1942

Great War Star for service in France 1918
21 years colours 13.01.1926

27.08.1914     joined Royal Horse Artillery
 (1927)     "K" Battery RHA
28.04.1938     re-enlisted, Regiment of Royal Artillery - Territorial Army
26.07.1939     commissioned, 102nd Field Regiment, Regiment of Royal Artillery - Territorial Army
24.08.1939     mobilized TA
?     146th Field Regiment RA
06.08.1941 - 15.02.1942 118th Field Regiment RA (captured at the fall of Singapore)
02.1942 - 02.09.1945 POW in Changi prison Singapore
Read-Collins,
Nicholas Douglas John

T.G. Reah
Married ((03?).1957, Chelsea district, Middlesex) Angela Phyllis Holmberg (née Jeffs); no children.
15.04.1919
-
07.2005
Welshpool and Llanfylin district, Powys, Wales
Gnr. ?
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 08.06.1940 [134907]
WS/Lt. 08.12.1941
T/Capt. 03.03.1943-01.03.1946
WS/Capt. 01.03.1946
T/Maj. 01.03.1946-(04.1947)
WS/Maj. ?
T/Lt.Col. ?
Education: Lewes County School for Boys (09.1931-...).
? - 08.06.1940 123rd Officer Cadet Training Unit
08.06.1940     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
      51st (Light Horse) Regiment RA (UK)
1942 - 1943 21st Mountain Regiment, Indian Artillery (Burma / Waziristan)
(1943)     instructor, Intelligence School, GHQ India
 1943 - 1945 Staff Captain & Divisional Artillery Intelligence Officer (7th Indian Infantry Division & 44th Indian Airborne Division) (Burma)
1945 - 1946 served South West Pacific (Malaya, Borneo, Java, Sumatra)
[Lieutenant-Colonel Read-Collins was sent to Batavia (Tjideng Camp), where he arrived on 18th September 1945, to organize emergency air supplies to prisoner of war and civilian internment camps in Java and Sumatra. In Batavia itself he was responsible for feeding sixty-five thousand prisoners of war and women internees. 1946 in charge of a war criminal investigation group.]
1947 - 1953

Chief of the British Division of General MacArthur's General Staff.  UK Liaison Mission Supreme Command for the Allied Powers (Japan & Korea)

Teacher training. Taught in East London and two comprehensive schools, at one of which (Holland Park) he was housemaster. From October, 1960, he will be head of a new mixed secondary school at Yeovil. Went on to work for an American University in Beirut among other jobs. Lived in Mid Wales from the 1990s.
Reader,
Ernest Charles
E.C. Reader (Photo courtesy of Mr Lee Lidbury)
?
-
?
2nd Lt. ?
Lt. 10.03.1941 [175733] (reld > 07.1945, < 10.1945)
T/Capt. 18.06.1942-(07.1945)
Hon. Capt. > 07.1945, < 10.1945
10.03.1941     commissioned, The Royal Berkshire Regiment (Princess Charlotte of Wales's) [emergency commission]
(1941)     8th (HD) Battalion The Royal Berkshire Regiment
Reah,
Thomas Glentworth

T.G. Reah
Married Ruth (died 1971); two sons.

20.05.1905
Stockton-on-Tees
-
11.02.1977
Lt. 05.08.1944 [328032]
WS/Capt. 09.12.1944
T/Maj. 09.12.1944-12.11.1945
WS/Maj. 13.11.1945 (reld > 04.1947)
T/Lt.Col. 13.11.1945-(04.1946)
Education: Downing College, Cambridge; London Hospital (BA 1926, MA 1931; MD 1934; MB, BCh 1931; MRCP Lond 1932; MRCS Eng, LRCP Lond 1929).
After junior appointments at the London Hospital he became resident medical officer at Maida Vale Hospital and
later at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham. He moved to general practice at Harrogate in 1935 and was appointed to the consulting staff soon after. Up till 1940 Examining Surgeon with the Chief Inspector of Factories, Factory Department, Home Office.
05.08.1944     commissioned, Royal Army Medical Corps [emergency commission]
      served in West Africa
Senior physician to the General Hospital and the Royal Bath Hospital, Harrogate.
Reaney,
Maurice Gordon
E.J. Ransley
Son of John Reaney, and Bertha E. Franks.
(09?).1923
Fulham district, London
-
07.2012 still alive at Wallington, Surrey
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 11.07.1943 [285437]
WS/Lt. 11.01.1944 (reld 1947)
T/Capt. 27.08.1946-(04.1947)
MC 23.08.1945 Italy *
1939-1945 Star 39|45 St - -
Italy Star It St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
Defence Medal? Def M? - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39|45 - -
Education: St Mary's College, Twickenham (1947-1949).
11.07.1943     commissioned, Royal Armoured Corps [emergency commission]
Headmaster of St Mary's High School in West Croydon, 1953-1987 (for which he got the Pope John Paul II Papal Cross [Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice], 1986).
* Recommendation for the award of an immediate Military Cross to Lt. M.G. Reaney: On the evening of 17April, 1945, "A" Squadron 48th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment, less two troops was placed under command 6th Battalion Royal West Kent Regiment and ordered to advance from the area Argent 2860 and capture Boccaleone 2563.  Owing to the shortage of tanks No. 2 Troop under Lieut. M.G. Reaney was continually in action after crossing the start line until the objective had been finally taken over 36 hours later. The inumerable instances of valuable support provided by Lieut. Reaney can not all be put down here, two instances however should suffice and are typical of the others.
(a) At Arginello 276634 on the evening of 17 April, stiff enemy resistance held up the infantry. The Troop leader however cleverly manoeuvred his troop so as to bring direct fire to bear on the houses containing the enemy. The infantry then advanced with complete success taking 17 prisoners and a tank crew complete with tank.
(b) As dawn was breaking on the 18 April, three enemy tanks suddenly appeared moving from West to East along the track 264647 - 270644. The infantry immediately took cover. Lieut. Reaney however engaged the enemy, firing 12 rounds from his own tank before moving to cover. This caused the enemy tanks to withdraw into the mist. When the advance was resumed, one of these tanks was found knocked out and deserted.
Throughout the whole period under review Liuet. M.G. Reaney's untiring leadership, initiative and courage were an example to all those under him and to a very great degree was instrumental in the infantry reaching their objectives against such determined resistance.
[Recommended by Lt.Col. P.W.D. Sturdee, commanding 48th Bn Royal Tank Regiment, approved 27.04.1945 by Brig. D. Dawnay, commanding 21st Tank Brigade, 01.05.1945 by Maj.Gen. R.K. Arbuthnott , commanding 78th Infantry Division, 18.05.1945 by Lt.Gen. C.F. Keightley, 23.05.1945 commanding 5 Corps, 23.05.1945 by Lt.Gen. R.L. McCreery, commanding Eighth Army, and finally 24.05.1945 by H.R.L.G. Alexander, Supreme Allied Commander-in-Chief, Mediterranean Theatre.]
Rebuck,
Gerald Meyer
G.M. Rebuck (Photo courtesy of Mr Charles Hawkshaw-Burn)
Son of ... Rebuck, and ... Joseph.
(12?).1924
Hackney district, Greater London / London / Middlesex
-
Cadet
? [14905516]
2nd Lt.
30.06.1945 [349865]
WS/Lt.
30.12.1945
Maj.
(1947)
30.06.1945


commissioned, Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers [emergency commission]
(1947)
 
 
HQ Southern Command, India (Poona)
Redfern,
Alan Gardiner

A.G. Redfern A.G. Redfern
Son (with two younger brothers) of Arthur William Redfern (1876-1954), and Margaret Ann ..., of Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia.
Married ((03?).1931, Messina, Northern Province, South Africa) Agnes Opal Wilson (? - 1962), of Salisbury; one daughter, one son.

08.02.1906
Harare, Mashonaland East, Southern Rhodesia
-
12.11.1943
[age 37]
[Leros War Cemetery, Greece, 3.C.9]
2nd Lt. 22.04.1943 [291976]
WS/Lt. 22.10.1943
T/Capt. ?
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 01.01.1943 New Year 43: for commando training


 

Education: Salisbury Boys High School.
Joined Southern Rhodesia Civil Service.
      served Southern Rhodesian Forces (T/Capt., Rhodesian African Rifles)
22.04.1943     commissioned, The King's Royal Rifle Corps [emergency commission]
1943? - 12.11.1943 attached, Long Range Desert Group
[running commando training courses in Gwelo, Southern Rhodesia; from 01.05.1943 Officer Commanding, S1 Patrol [known to have commanded a patrol that sailed from Leros to Simi on 24.09.1943 to help in the islands defence when the Germans attempted to take it; from here he was sending back valuable information about Rhodes]; from 10.1943 Officer Commanding, B Squadron.
During the attack on Leros Redfern is known to have been part of the combined LRDG/SBS mobile reaction force of 3 officers and 27 men that were held in reserve at Point 112, north of Gurna Bay, just a few hundred yards from the German DZ. When he received no orders from HQ during the parachutists descent he is said to have organised T2 Patrol to remain at Point 112 whilst sending Y Patrol to the north of Point 64 (Germano), and leading T1 into the northeast side of Germano [Churchills Folly]. In LRDG Newsletter No.49 (1993) Don Coventry wrote: At approximately 1500hrs on 12th November an enemy air fleet of some thirty troop carriers came in below Clidi Heights and dropped parachutists, which resulted in cutting the island in half. During this engagement Captain Alan Redfern was killed. He was killed in action instantly by machine gun fire on Leros whilst leading a composite LRDG and SBS party in a close struggle with 500 German parachutists who had been dropped on the narrow strip between Gurna and Alinda bays.]
Redman,
John Alfred

J.A. Redman
From Sandy, Bedfordshire.
(09?).1907
Staines, Middlesex
-
15.12.1966
Sandy, Bedfordshire
2nd Lt.
20.06.1931 [52042]
Lt.
20.06.1934
Capt.
01.09.1937 (reld < 04.1946)
A/Maj.
01.09.1939-(11.1939)
T/Maj.
22.12.1939-(04.1944)
T/Lt.Col.
?
Hon. Lt.Col.
< 04.1946
Lt.Col.
01.05.1947
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE
20.09.1945
Italy
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD
14.11.1947
?



late Cadet Under-Officer, Cheltenham College Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
20.06.1931


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery - Territorial Army
20.06.1931
-
(01.1939)
418th (Bedfordshire) Battery, 105th (Bedfordshire Yeomanry) Army Field Regiment RA (Biggleswade)
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
(1939)
-
(1940)
Officer Commanding, "A" Battery, 52nd Heavy Regiment RA
01.03.1949
-
29.12.1962
transferred to Unattached List - Territorial Army Reserve of Officers [age limit]
Company director.
Redmayne,
Martin;
Baron Redmayne of Rushcliffe (cr. 1966)
M. Redmayne
Son of Leonard Redmayne.
Married (1933) Anne Griffiths (died 1982); one son (Sir Nicholas Redmayne, Bt (1938-2008)).

16.11.1910
Nottingham
-
28.04.1983
King Edward VII Hospital, London
2nd Lt.
24.09.1929 [44374]
Lt.
26.12.1932
T/Capt.
22.02.1940-(04.1941)
WS/Capt.
28.05.1942
Capt.
11.04.1945
T/Maj.
28.05.1942-(04.1944)
A/Lt.Col.
01.08.1943-(04.1944)
WS/Lt.Col.
17.01.1945
T/Brig.
?
Hon. Brig.
1945
Distinguished Service Order DSO
08.02.1945
Italy
Mention in Despatches MID
11.01.1945
Italy
Efficiency Decoration (Territorial) TD
11.09.1959
1st clasp
Education: Radley College



late Cadet Corporal, Radley College Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps

24.09.1929
-
25.11.1930
commissioned, 5th Battalion The Northamptonshire Regiment - Territorial Army
25.11.1930
-
04.07.1934
transferred, 18th London Regiment (London Irish Rifles)
04.07.1934
-
22.04.1939
Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
22.04.1939


transferred, 8th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment)
24.08.1939
 
 
mobilized TA
01.08.1943


Commanding Officer, 14th Battalion The Sherwood Foresters (Italy)
20.07.1944
-
1945
formed and commanded, 66th Infantry Brigade (Italy, Palestine, Syria)
Bt cr 1964; PC 1959; DL.
Member of Parliament (MP) (C) Rushcliffe Division of Nottinghamshire, 1950-66. A Government Whip, 1951; A Lord Commissioner of the Treasury, 1953-59; Deputy Government Chief Whip, 1955-59; Parliamentary Secretary to Treasury and Government Chief Whip, October 1959-64; Opposition Chief Whip, Oct.-November 1964. Chairman, N American Advisory Group, BOTB, 1972-76. JP Nottingham, 1946-66; DL Notts, 1954.; Deputy Chairman, House of Fraser Ltd, 1972-78; Director, The Boots Co., 1969-80; Chairman, Retail Consortium, 1971-76
Reed,
Edward

E. Reed
Son of late Barras Ramsay Reed and Hilda Bramwell.
Married (1928) Greta Milburn Pybus; one son, two daughters.
16.06.1902
Hexham district, Northumberland
-
09.01.1953
Longhorsley, Northumberland
2nd Lt.
27.05.1931
Lt.
27.05.1934
T/Capt.
21.08.1940-(04.1941)
A/Maj.
25.10.1940-(04.1941)
WS/Maj.
07.12.1942
T/Lt.Col.
07.12.1942-(04.1944)
Hon. Lt.Col.
?
Education: Rugby; Trinity College, Cambridge (MA) [represented University in Athletics and at Lawn Tennis]



late Cadet Serjeant, Rugby School Contingent, Junior Division, Officer Training Corps
20.06.1931


commissioned, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) - Supplementary Reserve of Officers (later Regular Army Reserve of Officers, Class II)
24.08.1939


mobilized



probably General Staff Officer 1st grade (GSO1) at some point, and serving in Cairo
Managing Director The Newcastle Breweries Ltd and Subsidiary Companies; Director, the Northern Corporation Ltd, Northern and London Investment Trust Ltd, Greville Place Property Co. Ltd, Beech Hill Estate Ltd, Rock Building Society, Wilson & Walker Breweries Ltd, The Review Press Ltd. Rural District Councillor (Morpeth).
Reed,
Stanley Bruce

S.B. Reed
17.12.1923
-
07.1992
Hillingdon district, Middlesex
Cadet ? [14402862]
2nd Lt. 19.03.1944 [321375]
WS/Lt. 19.09.1944 (reld > 04.1947)
19.03.1944     commissioned, The Durham Light Infantry [emergency commission]
      served in India & Burma
Rees,
William Irwin

W.I. Rees
08.1917
-
 
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 16.05.1943 [288924]
WS/Lt. 16.05.1944 (reld > 04.1946)
16.05.1943     commissioned, The Cheshire Regiment [emergency commission]
Reeve,
George William

G.W. Reeve
Son of Eli and Lily Reeve.
Husband of Hilda Reeve, of East Herrington, Co. Durham.
1917 ?
-
21.06.1944

(KIA) [age26]
[Bayeux War Cemetery, France, XI.J.18]
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
28.02.1942 [226863]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
T/Capt.
10.08.1943-21.06.1944
Mention in Despatches MID
13.01.1944
Middle East
28.02.1942
 
 
commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
?
-
21.06.1944
73rd Anti-Tank Regiment RA
Reeve,
Philip Stanley Guy

P.S.G. Reeve
Son of ... Reeve, and ... Guy.
Married; ... children (one son?).
(06?).1915
West Ham district, Essex / Greater London

-


Cadet
? [7667365]
2nd Lt.
03.09.1943 [292753]
WS/Lt.
09.06.1944 (reld 15.07.1953)
Hon. Lt.
15.07.1953
03.09.1943
 
 
commissioned, The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) [emergency commission]

Reeves,
Frederick Clifford

F.C. Reeves (Photo courtesy of Mr Alan Reeves)
Son (with two brothers in the services [Sgt. Geoffrey Vincent Reeves, RAFVR † 11.11.1942, and Tpr. Dennis L. Reeves, captured in Italy]) of Frederick John Reeves, and Lilian May Hunt.
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
11.05.1913
Edmonton district, Middlesex

-
02.1996
Brentwood district, Essex
Cadet ? [1456180]
2nd Lt. 12.02.1944 [308298]
WS/Lt. 12.08.1944 (reld > 01.1946, < 04.1946)
Hon. Lt. > 01.1946, < 04.1946
12.02.1944     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
06?.1944 - 1946 151st (Ayrshire Yeomanry) Field Regiment RA (with 11th Armoured Division) (NW Europe)
His son provided these service notes: "13.4.39 - Enlisted at Alexandra Palace 3.7 H.A.A Guns 285 Battery 90 H.A.A - R.A. August 39 - Mobilised at Alexandra Palace – approx 5 days at Alexandra Palace then on to Rayleigh, Essex (No guns). 03.09. 39 - Arrived at Buckland’s Farm as war was declared (Building 3.7 H.A.A. Gun Site). October/November 39 - Light A.A. duties at Tilbury and Harwich (Lewis Guns). 1940 - H.A.A. resumed 3” Guns at Biggin Hill and Stowmarket (Wattisham Aerodrome protection – action at Stowmarket. 3.7”H.A.A Guns at Dover – much action. 1941/1942 - transferred to 124 OCTU Llandrindod Wells as instructor and as a result of good pass at instructor course (Manorbier) (Rank Bombardier) employed as M.T. Instructor – M.T. course at Rhyl promoted to Sergeant. Application for commission – accepted as cadet at Catterick for Field Artillery Course. 1944 - Commissioned 308298 Lieutenant F.C. Reeves. After D-Day (06.06.44) sent to France as replacement Officer and posted to 151st Field Regiment R.A. Ayrshire Yeomanry Field Artillery serving with the 11th Armoured Division."
Reeves,
Joseph Henry
J.H. Reeves (Photo courtesy of Mrs Debbie Burton)
Son of Joseph Henry and Ellen Frances Reeves.
Husband of Lena Hilda Reeves, of Catford, London.

Lt. Reeves was murdered whilst trying to escape from Camp 66 Capua, Italy. The United War Commission Charge Sheets clearly state that the Italian officer and guards at the camp were wanted for war crimes for the shooting of Lt. Reeves. He had surrendered and the guards shot at him repeatedly at close range, after which he was denied medical attention for 3 hours. Finally moved to Caserta General Hospital No. 2, where 16 individual bullets were removed from him, another 28 wounds from grape shot were counted. He was refused a blood transfusion following surgery, even though a senior British medical officer requested it. He finally died 2 days later.
07.10.1911
St Olave Bermondsey, London
-
19.08.1942

(died as POW) [age 30]
[Caserta War Cemetery, Italy, II, E, 11]
Private
18.10.1938 [69417]
A/Lance Corporal
13.10.1939
A/Corporal
19.12.1939
Corporal
19.03.1940
A/Colour Sergeant
27.05.1940
Cadet
12.1940?
2nd Lt.
13.07.1941 [200012]
Lt.
15.11.1941
Mention in Despatches MID
02.03.1944
posthumous; in recognition of gallant and distin-guished services in the field
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St
?
?
Africa Star Afr St
?
?
Defence Medal Def M
?
?
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39-45
?
?
18.10.1938


enlisted (as a driver), Royal Army Service Corps - Territorial Army
02.09.1939
-
12.10.1939
mobilized TA - 1 BDT Company
13.10.1939
-
11.12.1940
168th (5th City of London Cavalry) Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps [served in the UK till 17.01.1940 for 1 year, 92 days; embarked for Palestine, serving there from 18.01.1940-11.12.1940 for 328 days]
12.12.1940
-
12.07.1941

1)   proceeded to L7T Camp, Port Tewfik en-route for embarkation to RAC Officer Cadet Training Unit, Bangalore, with Fighting Vehicle School (Fighting Vehicle Section), Ahmedmagar [serving in India for 213 days]

13.07.1941


commissioned, Royal Tank Regiment - Royal Armoured Corps [emergency commission] [served in Middle East Forces, Egypt until capture for 225 days]
14.09.1941
-
05.06.1942
42nd Battalion (23rd Bn. The London Regiment) Royal Tank Regiment - Royal Armoured Corps (captured at Gazala)
[18.10.1941-15.11.1941 Officer Course at RAC Base Depot and School] *
05.06.1942
-
19.08.1942
in captivity and sent to Capua, Italy, where he died
* In November 1941, when all British tanks, except three, had been knocked out at Sidi Omar, Lt. Reeves, Maj. Rawlings and another officer took charge of the three remaining tanks and tried to hold the gap. Until late in the night, when Maj. Rawlings ordered Lt. Reeves and the other tanks officer to retreat back. Maj. Rawlings' tank  was later hit and all where killed the same night.
Reeves,
Noel Reeves

N.R. Reeves
Elder son of the late Maj. F.S. Reeves, The Buffs, and Mrs. Reeves, of Oaklands, Rye, Sussex.
Married (15.04.1939) Doris Cynthia Barlow, younger daughter of the late Mr Keith Barlow & Mrs Barlow of Vicarage Gate, W., London.
25.12.1907
Bridge district, Kent

-
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
02.02.1928 [39376]
Lt.
02.02.1931
Capt.
01.08.1938
A/Maj.
18.12.1939-17.03.1940
T/Maj.
18.04.1940-01.02.1945
Maj.
02.02.1945 (retd 24.06.1948)
A/Lt.Col.
09.07.1941-04.08.1941
T/Lt.Col.
?
Hon. Lt.Col.
24.06.1948
Mention in Despatches MID
01.04.1941
Middle East 08.39-11.40
Mention in Despatches MID
30.12.1941
Middle East 02.41-07.41
Palestine 1936-39 Medal & Clasp.
02.02.1928
 
 
commissioned, The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment)
12.1941
-
09.1943
POW in Italian captivity (escaped at some point, but was recaptured and shot in the shoulder)
09.1943
-
1945?
POW in German captivity (# 1428, Oflag 79, Braunschweig, Untersachsen)
24.06.1948
-
25.12.1957
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [reached age limit]
Reeves,
William Robert

W.R. Reeves

Elder son of Lt.Col. Robert Clanmalier Reeves (1878-), and Mrs Reeves, of Forest Edge, Liss, Hampshire.
Married (31.12.1930, Ellingham Church, Ringwood) Joan Jarvis, only child of Maj. Edward Harvey Jarvis (1877-1969), and Annette Marion Harriette Falconar (1878-1967), of High Corner, New Forest, Ringwood; one son, one daughter.
26.05.1906
Melksham district, Wiltshire
-
08.2003
South Cheshire district, Cheshire
2nd Lt. 01.09.1928, seniority 26.08.1927 [40793]
Lt. 26.08.1930
Capt. 01.04.1937
A/Maj. 03.09.1939-11.10.1939,
11.01.1940-01.03.1940
T/Maj. 02.03.1940-25.08.1944
Maj. 26.08.1944 (retd 22.01.1949)
A/Lt.Col. 24.03.1942-(01.1946)
T/Lt.Col. ?
Hon. Lt.Col. 22.01.1949
Distinguished Service Order DSO 05.07.1940 BEF 39-40
Mention in Despatches MID 29.04.1941 ?
Education: Trinity Hall (1925); Staff College (psc).
      General List, Territorial Army
01.09.1928     commissioned, Royal Tank Corps [later: Royal Tank Regiment] - Royal Armoured Corps
1930s     served in Egypt
(1940)     3rd Battalion Royal Tank Regiment (France) (DSO)
(1942)     served North African campaign (captured at Tobruk)
1942 - 1945 POW in Italian & German captivity
22.01.1949 - 14.11.1956 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [exceeded age limit]
Reid,
James Charles
J.C. Reid

Married (07.06.1940, London) Muriel Maud Thomas; two sons, one daughter.
11.06.1918
London
-
26.08.1983
Yeovil, Somerset
Pte.
07.07.1937 [2043384]
L/Cpl.
(1939)
Cpl.
1939
Sgt.
(1940)
Wt.Offr. II
07.11.1941 (Battery Sgt.Maj. 03.11.1942)
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
20.05.1943 [277115]
WS/Lt.
20.11.1943 (reld 24.03.1946)
T/Capt.
08.12.1945-24.03.1946
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St
?
?
France & Germany Star Fr&G St
?
?
Defence Medal Def M
?
?
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39-45
?
?
07.07.1937


joined Corps of Royal Engineers - Territorial Army (303/26th Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers (Chelsea Barracks)); on active service from 26.09.1938-08.10.1938 & 18.06.1939-16.07.1939
24.08.1939


mobilized TA
03.1940
 
 
serving at Wandsworth
01.08.1940
 
 
transferred, Royal Artillery
08.1940
-
03.11.1942
serving at Shrivenham, Berkshire (including an Assistant Instructor Course and the Searchlight Trials Wing, School of Anti-Aircraft Defence RA)
03.11.1942
-
01.01.1943
Battery Sergeant-Major, 148th Training Brigade (Wrotham, Kent)
01.01.1943
-
20.05.1943
133rd Officer Cadet Training Unit RA (Oswestry, Kent)
20.05.1943


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
20.05.1943
-
1946
2nd Composite Light Anti-Aircraft/Searchlight Battery RA (NW Europe)
Civilian career as an electrical engineer with the Southern Electricity Board in Wiltshire.
Reid,
John Carlyle

J.C. Reid

Son of George Mitchell Reid, and Mrs Reid, of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Married (30.03.1929, Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire) Christina Forsyth Smith (31.03.1904 - 07.1987), daughter of Mr & Mrs George Smith, of Aberdeen, Scotland; ... children (three sons, one daughter?).
22.12.1905
Edinburgh, Scotland
-
22.12.1997
Vienna, Austria
2nd Lt. 05.02.1944 [309417]
WS/Capt. 07.05.1944 (reld > 08.1946, < 12.1946)
T/Maj. 07.05.1944-(08.1946)
Hon. Maj. > 08.1946, < 12.1946
Capt. 06.10.1955 (reld 08.11.1958)
Education: MA.
05.02.1944     commissioned, General List [emergency commission]
06.10.1955 - 08.11.1958 Regular Army Reserve of Officers [exceeded age limit]
J.C. Reid's son writes: "My father's two major subjects at Aberdeen University were Maths and French a language in which he was totally fluent, later adding Italian, Spanish, German and Russian. After graduation he became the first University graduate in Britain to join the Police (Bradford) where he rose to the rank of Superintendent in 13 years including the compulsory five years as a Constable (I think still a record). Initially in 1940, he applied for entry to the RAF and was accepted as a fighter pilot, but the Home Office refused to release him as he headed the Civil Defence of the city. With the formation of AMGOT [Allied Military Government for Occupied Territories] he saw another opportunity to serve and told the Home Office that if not released, he would resign, at which they released him. He went to Shrivenham in early 1942, where he was joined by Americans. I recall a Major John Steel from Texas, Major Glarame a Jewish lawyer from Philadelphia and a Lt. Col Proctor Carter visiting us. Glarame was I believe later cashiered for black market activity. When my father went to Shrivenham he had the rank of Major. In 1943 he served in Vichy France, working with the Maquis (the French Resistance and Communist). From there he went to North Africa. I think he was recruited by SIS (MI6) in 1943/44. But retained his role and rank as an officer in AMGOT. From North Africa he went to Italy, where I recall he met again with Major John Steel in Rome. As the allies advanced, he was appointed Military Governor of the part of Northern Italy at the top of the Adriatic east of Venice and reaching up to Udine and with his HQ in Monfalcone the Italian ship-building base and where there was bitter strife between the communist ship-workers and the fascists - killing each other. The Trieste troubles were in full flow. When the Russians took Vienna he was moved there as British Deputy Military Governor under Lt. Col. Michael Wilcox. Wilcox subsequently became Chief Constable of the Police for the County of Hertfordshire. When I met with him years later (1966), he described how he had a first formal meeting with my father and told me that he had said to him that "they" had had to tell him of my father's actual role in SIS, but that he did not want to know about my father's activities. I clearly remember Wilcox saying to me: "Your father looked at me with those cold green eyes of his and said "Don't worry you won't." and he kept his word." In 1948 the Head of SIS in Austria, George K. Young, was appointed Deputy Head of SIS in London, and my father was appointed Head of Station in Vienna with his military rank adjusted to Lt. Col. Total office staff including one driver, was seven. There were in addition the agents in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia reporting to him and I met some of them when in Austria. My father said to me about that time that: "Every time you tell one more person a secret, you multiply the chances of disclosure by a factor of four." I by that time had signed the British Official Secrets Act. In late 1954 my father spent about four months within the UK based in the small village of Figheldean in Hampshire. I know but will not disclose what he was doing. In early 1955 he went to Japan with the rank of Lt. Col. - in General Service. (I was commissioned 441405 in April 1955 in the Corps of Royal Military Police and served in Germany.) It is interesting to recall that when completing the application form to be commissioned in July 1954, I responded the the question: Occupation of father? by writing "Government Official" the response I always used at the instruction of my father. Later the interviewing Major enquired for a factual description of my father's occupation and I responded that he should ask the Foreign Office. Two weeks later the same Major asked the same question saying that the Foreign Office denied all knowledge of my father, to whom I then wrote (my father did not like the use of the telephone in Vienna). Three weeks later the by that time rather wearied Major again requested my father's occupation and I again refused to give any further information. He then looked at me somewhat strangely and said: "I have been instructed to ask you no further questions and your application is accepted." This lengthy process delayed my entry into Officer Cadet School. In 1956 my father moved to Korea where he remained for about a year before going to Saigon in Vietnam - still with the rank of Lt. Col. (When I use the rank I am using the title given in his addresses. In late 1958, he left Vietnam returning to Vienna in August of that year. He said he had retired, but as late as 1979, I went for dinner with him at the Overseas Club overlooking St. James' Park in London, where we dined with George K Young. Your comments about the London Gazette entries are interesting. Today the use of computers would make the now obvious subterfuges impossible. At times my father wore uniform with the ranks I have provided. The use of "cover roles' by members of SIS was normal and I can recall my father being driven in a car with CD plates (Corps Diplomatique). He had a long life and I can recall discovering in later years that he was being paid a pension by the Home Office. One final observation, in 1952 when visiting Vienna during student days, my father told me that we were going out to dinner that evening to an American family and he told me a little about Herman and Ruth, ending by saying that Herman was the Head of the CIA in Austria (The CIA was not formed until 1947). I questioned whether he ought to have told me that, to receive the response: "Oh, everybody knows." Such was the view of one who obviously was a very professional spy. He is buried in Vienna."
Reid,
John Robson
J.R. Reid

01.12.1925
-
14.04.1992
Penzance district, Cornwall
Pte. ? [14756681]
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 22.02.1945 [341639]
WS/Lt. 22.08.1945 (reld > 04.1947)
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (Civil Division) OBE 01.01.1992 New Year 92
Education: Wellingborough Grammar School (1936-1942).
(09.1944)     10 Platoon, "B" Company, 28th Training Battalion (Palace Barracks, Holywood, Co. Down, Northern Ireland)
22.02.1945     commissioned, The Green Howards (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own Yorkshire Regiment) [emergency commission]
Deputy Lieutenant (DL).
Reid,
Joseph

J. Reid

From Liverpool.
25.09.1909
Belfast
-
02.1991
Solihull South district, West Midlands
2nd Lt. 29.06.1932 [53331]
Lt. 29.06.1935
T/Capt. 29.07.1940-29.12.1941
WS/Capt. 30.12.1941 (demobilized > 10.1945, < 01.1946) (reld 26.12.1953)
T/Maj. 30.12.1941-(10.1945)
Hon. Maj. > 10.1945, < 01.1946 & 26.12.1953
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division) MBE 18.10.1943 Middle East (Egypt & Libya)
Army Emergency Reserve Decoration AERD 04.06.1954 -
29.06.1932     commissioned, Royal Corps of Signals - Supplementary Reserve of Officers [later: Army Emergence Reserve of Officers)
24.08.1939     mobilized SRO (served at Dunkirk, North
Africa, Salerno and Austria)
10.08.1940 - (04.1941) Adjutant, ...
03.05.1941 - (10.1941) Adjutant, ...
Reid,
Julius Basil

J.B. Reid
Son of Edward S. Reid, and Adeline M.G. Rason.
Married ((06?).1948, Wandsworth district, London) Vera M. Box; one son.
30.01.1921
Epsom district, Surrey
-
21.01.2000
Watford district, Hertfordshire
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 31.05.1941 [189479]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942 (reld > 04.1946, < 08.1946)
T/Capt. 01.12.1944-(04.1946)
31.05.1941     commissioned, The Middlesex Regiment [emergency commission]
04.08.1941     transferred, Royal Regiment of Artillery
Reid,
Patrick Robert
"Pat"

P.R. Reid P.R. Reid
P.R. Reid 
Son of John Reid, CIE, ICS, and Alice Mabel Daniell.
Married 1st (1943) Jane Cabot (marriage  dissolved 1966); three sons, two daughters.
Married 2nd (1977) Mrs Mary Stewart Cunliffe-Lister (died 1978).
Married 3rd (1982) Mrs Nicandra Hood.

13.11.1910
-
22.05.1990

Bristol district, Gloucestershire
[Putney Vale Cemetery]
2nd Lt. TA
16.06.1933 [58974]
2nd Lt.
05.06.1935
Lt.
05.06.1938
T/Capt.
01.12.1939-(04.1946)
WS/Capt.
01.11.1945
T/Maj.
01.11.1945-29.03.1947
Hon. Maj.
15.11.1965
Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division)
MBE
20.12.1945
gallant & distinguished services in the field

MC
04.05.1943
gallant & distinguished services in the field
Education: Clongowes Wood College, Co. Kildare; Wimbledon College; King's College, London University (BSc, 1932); AMICE, 1936.
Pupilage, Sir Alex Gibb & Partners, 1934-37. 
16.06.1933


commissioned, General List (University Candidates) - Territorial Army
05.06.1935
 
 
commissioned, Royal Army Service Corps - Supplementary Reserve of Officers
24.08.1939
 
 
mobilized
1939
-
27.05.1940
Ammunition Officer, 2nd Division (British Expeditionery Force, France; captured)
27.05.1940
-
15.10.1942
POW in German captivity (from 05.05.1940 Oflag VIIC (Laufen); escaped 05.09.1940; recaptured 10.09.1940; from 10.11.1940 Colditz, where he acted as Escape Officer; successfully escaped 15.10.1942 to Switzerland)
09.03.1943
-
(04.)1946
Assistant Military Attaché (General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3)), Berne, Switzerland
29.03.1947
-
15.11.1965
Regular Army Reserve of Officers [exceeded age limit]
Diplomat, administrator, homebuilder, executive, editor, and author. Reid was famous for the daring escape he made during World War II from Colditz Castle, a German prisoner-of-war camp. In the early 1950s he published an account of his escape, The Colditz Story, that became a best-seller in England and spawned a film, a television series, and a recording. The book's success prompted him to write a sequel, The Latter Days. After the war he served at the British embassy at Ankara, Turkey, as First Secretary (Commercial) (1946-1949), before becoming Chief Administrator for the Organization for European Economic Cooperation in Paris, France (1949-1952). Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (C) Dartford and Erith, 1953-55. Later he became active in the housebuilding industry and was a director of Richard Costain (Projects) Limited, 1959-1962. Director, Richard Costain (Middle East) Ltd, 1959-62. W. S. Atkins & Partners, Consulting Engineers, 1962-63.
Published: The Colditz Story, 1953; The Latter Days, 1955 (omnibus edn of the two, as Colditz, 1962, televised as The Colditz Story, BBC, 1973-74); (with Sir Olaf Caroe and Sir Thomas Rapp) From Nile to Indus, 1960; Winged Diplomat, 1962; Economic Survey Northern Nigeria, 1962; My Favourite Escape Stories, 1975; Prisoner of War, 1983; Colditz: the full story, 1984. 
Reid,
Robert Tennant
R.T. Reid

From Glasgow.
05.09.1915
-
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
04.10.1941 [212433]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
A/Capt.
29.07.1943-28.10.1943
T/Capt.
29.10.1943-08.11.1944,
15.06.1945-22.07.1945,
09.08.1945-19.02.1946
Capt.
01.07.1946, seniority 20.02.1946
A/Maj.
20.11.1945-19.02.1946
T/Maj.
20.02.1946-17.02.1949
Lt.
19.07.1947, seniority 03.03.1941
Capt.
19.07.1947, seniority 01.07.1946
T/Maj.
01.06.1951-04.09.1951
Maj.
05.09.1951 (retd 29.06.1958)
MC
31.08.1944
Normandy 06.44
1940
-
04.10.1941
served in the ranks for 1 year, 186 days
04.10.1941


commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission to 30.06.1946]
(06.1944)


Officer Commanding, F Troop, 318th Battery, 92nd (Loyals) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment RA (NW Europe; wounded)
20.11.1945
-
(04.1946)
Brigade Major, HQ Royal Artillery Mechanical Traction School (Rhyl)
01.07.1946


short service commission
19.07.1947


permanent commission
29.06.1958
-
25.09.1958
Regular Army Reserve of Officers
25.09.1958
-
?
Territorial Army
Remington-Hobbs,
Edward
E. Remington-Hobbs
Married Susan Mary Sheila Winn. From Oxshott.
07.02.1916
-
07.1997

Maidstone, Kent
2nd Lt.
30.01.1936 [67126]
Lt.
30.01.1939
WS/Capt.
11.05.1941
Capt.
30.01.1944
A/Maj.
11.02.1941-10.05.1941
T/Maj.
11.05.1941-07.04.1943,
30.04.1943-02.04.1945
WS/Maj.
03.04.1945
Maj.
30.01.1949
local Lt.Col.
07.10.1943-20.07.1944
A/Lt.Col.
03.01.1945-02.04.1945
T/Lt.Col.
03.04.1945
Hon. Lt.Col.
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
10.05.1945
NW Europe
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE
26.06.1947
Netherlands East Indies before 30.11.46
Education: psc
30.01.1936


commisioned, Royal Scots Fusiliers
21.04.1939
-
10.02.1941
Adjutant, ... (TA) (temporary)
29.03.1941


transferred, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
?


Commanding Officer, 9th Battalion The Cameronians
?
-
07.02.1966
Regular Army Reserve of Officers
Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem (Esquire , 06.01.1961; Officer, 02.07.1963; Commander, 22.08.1969; Knight, 26.04.1977).
Remmington,
Jack
J. Remmington

Son of Arthur Remmington, and Maggie Boddington.
Married ((09?).1953, Eastern Durham district) Patricia A. Hellewell.

29.02.1920
Wellingborough district, Northamptonshire
-
05.2003
Doncaster district, Nottinghamshire / Yorkshire
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 05.07.1941 [194669]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942 (reld < 04.1947)
T/Capt. 20.07.1945-(04.1946)
Education: Wellingborough Grammar School (1931-1939).
? - 05.07.1941 Officer Cadet Training Unit
05.07.1941     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
(1944)     "D" Battery, 12th Honorouble Artillery Company Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (Central Mediterranean Forces)
Rendle,
Bernard Cyril
B.C. Rendle

Son of ... Rendle, and ... Short.
Married ((12?).1939, Cardiff district, Glamorgan) Marjorie M.M. Lewis.
16.07.1915
Cardiff district, Glamorgan / Monmouthshire
-
(03?).1977
South Glamorgan district, Wales
Cadet ? [4081154]
2nd Lt. 28.01.1944 [307024]
WS/Lt. 28.07.1944
1939-1945 Star 39-45 St - -
France & Germany Star Fr&G St - -
Defence Medal Def M - -
War Medal 1939-1945 WM 39-45 - -
28.01.1944     commissioned, The Cheshire Regiment [emergency commission]
Rennie,
?
Rennie
?
-
?
2nd Lt. ?
Lt. ?
(04.1945)     14th Battalion The Nigeria Regiment
Rennie,
Charles Andrew
C.A. Rennie

Son of John and Lucy Rennie; husband of Nan M. Rennie, of Clevedon, Somerset.


biography at Clifton Rugby Football Club website
1914 ?
-
17.03.1945
(DOW) [age 31]
[Maynamati War Cemetery, Bangladesh, 3.B.18]
[Commemorated on the memorial at the St Quiricus and St Julietta Church, Tickenham]
Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
17.01.1942 [224079]
WS/Lt.
01.10.1942
T/Capt.
06.08.1943-17.03.1945
MC
12.07.1945
Burma (posthumously)
17.01.1942


commissioned, Royal Armoured Corps [emergency commission]
(04.1944)


seconded to Indian Army
?
-
17.03.1945
attached, 16th Light Cavalry, Indian Armoured Corps (died of wounds received in action)
Rennie,
James Allison
J.A. Rennie
Married Sgt. Alice Beaumont Barber; two sons, one daughter.
02.08.1915
Renfrewshire, Scotland
-
01.1982
Gourock, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 18.01.1941 [170218]
WS/Lt. 18.07.1942
T/Capt. 19.01.1944-(04.1946)
Lt. 01.10.1946, seniority 18.07.1942
Capt. 01.11.1947 (reld 01.07.1959)
Hon. Capt. 01.07.1959
? - 18.01.1941 Officer Cadet Training Unit
18.01.1941     commissioned, Royal Army Service Corps [emergency commission]
01.10.1946     short service commission
06.10.1949 - 01.07.1959 Regular Army Reserve of Officers
Rennie,
Tom Gordon
T.G. Rennie
Son of late Dr Thomas Rennie, Foochow, China, and Mrs Rennie, Radlett, Herts, and Torryburn, Kintore, Aberdeenshire. Married (1932) Huldah E.C., daughter of H. Giles Walker, Over Rankeillour, Cupar, Fife (she re-married in 1951 Hugh Edward Richardson); one son, one daughter.
03.01.1900
Foochow, China
-
24.03.1945

(KIA)

[Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany]

Cadet
?
2nd Lt.
16.07.1919 [18139]
WS/Lt.
16.07.1921
Capt.
22.09.1933
Bt. Maj.
01.07.1938
Maj.
01.08.1938
T/Lt.Col.
15.11.1940-07.10.1943
WS/Lt.Col.
08.10.1943
A/Col.
05.05.1943-07.10.1943
T/Col.
08.10.1943-(04.1944)
WS/Col.
12.12.1944
T/Brig.
08.10.1943-(04.1944)
A/Maj.Gen.
12.12.1943-11.12.1944
T/Maj.Gen.
12.12.1944-24.03.1945
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
28.09.1944
Normandy
Distinguished Service Order DSO
14.01.1943
Middle East
Member of the Order of the British Empire MBE
09.06.1938
HM's birthday 38
Education: Loretto; Royal Military College, Sandhurst; Staff College (1933-1934; psc)
16.07.1919


commissioned, The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment)
11.04.1930
-
20.01.1933
Adjutant, 2nd Battalion The Black Watch
30.05.1936
-
13.04.1938
Brigade Major, Shanghai Area, British Troops in China (temporary)
14.04.1938
-
30.04.1939
General Staff Officer, 3rd grade (GSO3), War Office
01.05.1939
-
06.1940
General Staff Officer, 2nd grade (GSO2), 51st (Highland) Infantry Division (France) (prisoner of war, escaped)
15.08.1940
-
(04.1941)
General Staff Officer, 1st grade (GSO1), Staff Duties and Training Section, HQ Western Command (Chester [UK])
1941
-
1942
Commanding Officer, 5th Battalion Black Watch (Alamein, Sicily) (DSO)
14.12.1942
-
07.01.1943
Commander, 154th (Argyll and Sutherland) Infantry Brigade (Libya) (wounded)
13.05.1943
-
12.12.1943
Commander, 154th (Argyll and Sutherland) Infantry Brigade (N Africa, Sicily, Italy, Sicily, UK)
12.12.1943
-
13.06.1944
General Officer Commanding, 3rd Infantry Division (UK, NW Europe) (wounded)
26.07.1944
-
24.03.1945
General Officer Commanding, 51st (Highland) Infantry Division (NW Europe) (killed in action)
Reynier,
Peter Bartholomew
P.B. Reynier
Younger son (with one brother) of Joseph Barthelemy Reynier (1878?-1958), and Maria Eufro Tuominen (1882?-1964), of Purley, Surrey.
Married (29.03.1950, St Columba's, Edinburgh, Scotland) Olivia Whyte McDavid (01.07.1926 - 08.1993), younger daughter of Mr & Mrs J. McDavid, of Edinburgh; three daughters, two sons.
24.02.1916
St George Hanover Square district, London
-
09.1999
Haywards Heath district, West Sussex
Cadet ?
2nd Lt. 23.08.1941 [203015]
WS/Lt. 01.10.1942
T/Capt. 19.04.1945-31.05.1946
WS/Capt. 01.06.1946 (reld > 12.1946, < 04.1947)
T/Maj. 01.06.1946-(12.1946)
MC 16.06.1942 Madagascar (attack on Diego Suarez, Antsirane, 05/06.05.42) [citation available upon request]
Mention in Despatches MID 08.11.1945 NW Europe
Education: Clapham College.
? - 23.08.1941 Officer Cadet Training Unit
23.08.1941     commissioned, The Royal Scots Fusiliers [emergency commission]
(1942)     1st Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers ("D" Company) (Madagascar [wounded]) (MC)
(1944/45)     4th/5th Battalion The Royal Scots Fusiliers (as Motor Transport Officer, Support Company) (NW Europe) (despatches)
Master of The Worshipful Company of Distillers, 1976-77.
From the regimental history "The history of the Royal Scots Fusiliers 1919-1959" by Col. J.C. Kemp (1963) this quote on the attack on Diego Suarez in May 1942: "One remarkable episode during the dawn attack concerns Second-Lieutenant P. B. Reynier, who had moved forward with his men in the darkness. At dawn Reynier found himself deep in the defences armed only with a hand grenade. Instead of taking cover he advanced and pitched the grenade at the slit of one of the gun emplacements. The opening was protected by wire netting against just such an eventuality and the grenade bounded back, wounding Reynier, who received other wounds and was captured. This act of personal bravery won for him the Military Cross. The documents recommending the award included the rare feature of a citation from the enemy. This was conveyed in a letter from the French to the “Command¬ant” of the Scots Fusiliers, written by a Lieutenant Bande of the 3rd Company, 2nd Madagascar Mixed Regiment. It told how the French officer and a section of machine-gunners were occupying the battlement of a 75-millimetre gun emplacement on the Placers Road, when a lookout reported one of the enemy (Reynier) approaching the gun rampart. “A rifle shot hit the man “, wrote Bande, “when he was several yards from the breastworks and a grenade which he was holding went off. The wounded man spoke French very well. He was hurt in the mouth by a bullet and wounded in the arm. The only arms he had was one hand grenade. He told us, and it is certainly the truth, that he had wanted to carry out an assault on the gun and open the path for your men. That action is one of a brave man. I believe I can tell you that, for you can be certain the French can pick one out."
Reynolds,
Dennis
D. Reynolds
Married ...; ... children (one son?).
08.06.1920
-
03.1996
Rugby district
2nd Lt. 05.01.1941 [163930]
WS/Lt. 05.07.1942
A/Capt. 02.01.1943-01.04.1943
T/Capt. 02.04.1943-24.01.1944,
19.04.1944-28.02.1945
WS/Capt. 01.03.1945
A/Maj. 29.11.1944-28.02.1945
T/Maj. 01.03.1945-12.10.1945,
06.04.1946-14.01.1947
Lt. 30.11.1946, seniority 08.12.1942
Capt. 08.06.1947
T/Maj. 17.11.1952-17.02.1954,
11.03.1954-07.06.1954
Maj. 08.06.1954
Lt.Col. 01.04.1963
Col. 30.06.1968 (retd 03.03.1972)
Education: Staff College (psc).
      served in the ranks for 2 years, 190 days
05.01.1941     commissioned, The East Yorkshire Regiment (The Duke of York's Own) [emergency commission to 29.11.1946]
04.11.1945 - 14.11.1946 Military Testing Officer WOSB
30.11.1946     permanent commission
10.10.1948 - 14.11.1949 General Staff Officer, grade 3 (GSO3), HQ Vienna Area
01.04.1950 - 14.09.1950 Staff Captain "A", HQ British Troops in Austria
30.06.1951     transferred, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
01.09.1952 - 16.01.1953 Staff Captain, HQ Training Centre
11.03.1954 - 13.06.1956 Deputy Assistant Adjutant General (DAAG), HQ Eastern Command
15.08.1958 - 27.07.1960 Deputy Assistant Quartermaster General (DAQMG), War Office
01.04.1963 - 23.10.1965 Deputy Inspector RAOC, War Office
10.02.1966 - (02.1967) Assistant Quartermaster General (AQMG) (Staff Officer, grade 1 (SO1)), Ministry of Defence
Reynolds,
William
"Willie"
W. Reynolds
?
Shotts, Glasgow, Scotland
-
?
Shotts, Glasgow, Scotland
(knocked down by a car)
Colour Sgt.
?
Lt.
22.03.1941 [178572]
T/Capt.
01.06.1944-(04.1946)
WS/Capt.
25.04.1946?
Capt.
01.12.1948, seniority 25.04.1946 (dismissed by sentence of general Court Martial 26.10.1949)



served in the ranks, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment)
22.03.1941


commissioned, The Royal Scots (The Royal Regiment) [emergency commission]
01.12.1948
-
26.10.1949
short service commission
Rhodes,
John William Percival
J.W.P. Rhodes
29.09.1919
-
1998
Inverurie district, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
2nd Lt. 01.07.1939 [95527]
Lt. 01.01.1941
T/Capt. 17.01.1946-(04.1946)
Capt. 01.07.1946 (reld 25.02.1948)
MC 05.07.1940 France (on three occasions he led fighting patrols among the enemy)
01.07.1939     commissioned, The Gordon Highlanders
(1940)     1st Battalion The Gordon Highlanders (France)
1940? - 1945? POW (No. 1569) in German captivity (Oflag IX-A/Z, Rothenburg an der Fulda, Hessen)
       
 
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