1st British Airborne Division
Arnhem, September 1944
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The service number of each person is (when known) given after the date of commissioning. Most officers had only a wartime career, but when no indication is given about a Territorial Army commission or an emergency commission, the officer involved served as a Regular Army officer, with in most cases an active army career before and after the war. For explanations & abbreviations you can look at the help page.

 
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Urquhart,
John Whitehead
J.W. Urquhart (Photo courtesy of Mr Simon Urquhart)
Youngest son of Mr & Mrs A. Urquhart, of Glasgow, Scotland.
Married (08.1948, Glasgow, Scotland) Betty Symons (died 07.04.2001), daughter of Capt. Maurice Symons, OBE, Commodore of the Haine Steamship Co.; two sons.
09.1920
Partick district, Glasgow, Scotland
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14.08.1955
Plymouth, Devon
Cadet ? [1442770]
2nd Lt. 15.01.1944 [304465]
WS/Lt. 15.07.1944 (reld > 04.1946, < 08.1946)
T/Capt. 01.03.1945-(04.1946)
Hon. Capt. > 04.1946, < 08.1946
Efficiency Medal (Territorial) EM 11.06.1948 -
15.01.1944     commissioned, Royal Regiment of Artillery [emergency commission]
30.03.1944 - 02.04.1946 transferred, Glider Pilot Regiment - Army Air Corps
(09.1944)     Section Commander, A Squadron (No. 1 Wing), The Glider Pilot Regiment (Arnhem)
Urquhart,
Robert Elliot
"Roy"









Eldest son of Alexander Urquhart, MD. Mmarried 1939, Pamela Condon (died 05.2006); one son, three daughters.

Interview at IWM (1)
Interview at IWM (2)
Photographs at IWM
28.11.1901
Shepperton, Middlesex
-
13.12.1988
Port of Menteith, Perthshire
2nd Lt.
24.12.1920 [17550]
Lt.
24.12.1922
Capt.
26.03.1929
Maj.
01.08.1938
A/Lt.Col.
28.12.1940-27.03.1941
T/Lt.Col.
28.03.1941-18.11.1943
WS/Lt.Col.
19.11.1943
A/Col.
19.05.1943-18.11.1943
T/Col.
19.11.1943-09.01.1945
WS/Col.
10.01.1945
A/Brig.
19.05.1943-18.11.1943
T/Brig.
19.11.1943-09.01.1945
A/Maj.Gen.
10.01.1944-09.01.1945
T/Maj.Gen.
10.01.1945
Maj.Gen.
17.11.1947, seniority 20.01.1946 (retd 20.12.1955)
Companion of the Order of the Bath CB
10.10.1944
Arnhem 09.44
Distinguished Service Order DSO
23.09.1943
?
Distinguished Service Order DSO
14.10.1943
?
Order of the Bronze Lion (Netherlands) BL
31.07.1945
Arnhem 09.44 *
Order of St Olav (Norway) StOlav
1945
?
* date of Dutch Royal Decree
Education: St Paul's, West Kensington; RMC Sandhurst
24.12.1920


commissioned into the Highland Light Infantry (1st Battalion (1921-1925), Depot (1925-1927), 1st Battalion (1927-1933))
01.05.1933
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20.01.1936
Adjutant, 1st Battalion Highland Light Infantry
01.1936
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12.1937
Staff College, Camberley (psc)
03.1938
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10.1938
2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry
16.10.1938
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14.05.1939
Staff Captain, India
15.05.1939
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15.10.1940
Deputy Assistant Quartermaster-General (DAQMG), Army HQ, India
16.10.1940
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27.12.1940
Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General (DAAG), 3rd Division
28.12.1940
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27.03.1941
Assistant Adjutant & Quartermaster-General (AA&QMG), 3rd Division
28.03.1941
-
03.1942
Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion The Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
04.1942
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18.05.1943
General Staff Officer 1st grade (GSO1), 51st Highland Division (North Africa)
19.05.1943
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30.09.1943
Commander, 231st (Malta) Infantry Brigade (Egypt, Sicily, Italy) [till 24.9.1943  Independent Brigade Group]
01.10.1943
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09.12.1943
Brigadier General Staff, XII Corps
10.12.1943
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31.08.1945
General Officer Commanding, 1st Airborne Division (UK, Arnhem, UK, Norway, UK) [from 21.5-24.8.1945 designated: HQ Norway Command]
01.11.1945
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12.1946
Director, Territorial Army & Army Cadet Force, War Office
07.01.1947
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09.12.1948
General Officer Commanding 16th Airborne Division (TA)
20.12.1948
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02.1950
General Officer Commanding, Lowland District
03.1950
-
08.1950
General Officer Commanding, Malaya District & General Officer Commanding, 17th Ghurkha Division (Malaya)
08.1950
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06.1952
General Officer Commanding, Malaya
23.07.1952
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20.12.1955
General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, British Troops Austria
Colonel, Highland Light Infantry, 1954-58. Director, Davy and United Engineering Co. Ltd, 1957-70.
Published:
Arnhem (1958)
Literature: John Baynes, Urquhart of Arnhem : the life of Major General RE Urquhart, CB, DSO (1993)

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