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[His Honour Sir] Carl Douglas

Son of late O. P. and J. M. Aarvold, West Hartlepool, County Durham; married 1934, Noeline Etrenne Hill,
Denton Park, Yorks; three sons.

[Dorking, Surrey ?]
2nd Lt. 02.09.1939 [104391]
WS/Capt. 07.04.1941
T/Maj. 22.07.1943
WS/Maj. 16.05.1944
T/Lt.Col. 1944/45?
Hon. Lt.Col. 1945/46 (retd)
- Kt 01.01.1968 New Year 68
Officer of the Order of the British Empire OBE 14.06.1945 HM's birthday 45
Territorial Decoration TD 1950 ?
"A top class sportsman" who "played rugby for England at wing threequarter, winning 16 caps in all and captaining the national side. He also played other games to a very high standard." He played in the 1926 Varsity Match, at Roehampton, the first full fixture (won by Cambridge by 334-241), also in 1927, and captained the VIII in 1928 (when Oxford won by 2 points!).
Education: Durham School; Emmanuel College, Cambridge (Hon. Fellow, 1976)
      late Cadet CSM, Durham School Contingent, Junior Division, OTC
1932     called to the Bar, Inner Temple
24.08.1939     mobilized TA
02.09.1939     commissioned into the Royal Artillery - Territorial Army
Judge. North Eastern Circuit. Master of the Bench, Inner Temple, 1959. Recorder of Pontefract, 1951-54; a Judge of the Mayor's and City of London Court, 1954-59; Common Serjeant, City of London, 1959-64; Recorder of the City of London, 1964-1975. Chairman, City of London QS, 1969-71.
Chairman, Inner London Probation Committee, 1965-75; President, Central Council of Probation Committees, 1968-75; Chairman, Home Secretary's Advice Board on Restricted Patients, 1978-81. Chairman: RAC, 1978-81; Statutory Committee, Pharmaceutical Society, 1981-86. DL Surrey, 1973. Hon. LLD Dalhousie, 1962; Hon. DCL Durham, 1965. President, Lawn Tennis Association, 1962-81.

Column 1
Here the last name and full first names are given, followed (when applicable) by titles of nobility. Titles like "Sir" are placed between square brackets [] when the person was knighted after 1945. A first name in italics is the name by which one is generally known. A nickname is added in apostrophes. Family circumstances (parents, marriage, children & place of origin) are given when known.

Column 2
A date & place of birth are given when known, a question mark when not known, and a year with question mark when guessed.
A date of death is given when known. Place of death is indicated when known, or when not exactly known the last known place of residence, which in some (or most) cases may be the place of death as well. When known the last resting place is also indicated, or the Memorial where the person is commemorated. If there's an indication the person was still alive at some date, this can also be indicated.

Column 3
Ranks are given in sequence from lowest to highest (when known). When known, a date has been added to the rank. This date of promotion is the administrative date and doesn't necessarily indicate an actual date. E.g. someone is promoted Lieutenant on 01.01.1940, but receives a correction on this date somewhere in 1942 (in stead of a promotion), backdating his promotion to 01.01.1939. Such cases, when known, are indicated with "backdated" or "seniority". Between two promotions officers can hold an "acting" rank (indicated with "A/"). For acting & temporary ranks a period is given when known, otherwise a only starting date. Usually an officer held an acting rank, which, after having held for a certain (limited) period of time, was converted into a temporary rank. Having held a temporary rank for some time resulted in a war substantive appointment. So, usually the order of sequence is: A/, T/, WS/. The date of retirement from active service is indicated with (retd). Upon retirement an officer was entitled to the highest (war) substantive or temporary rank [not acting rank] he held. In this example Major Aarvold retired with the honorary rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, as that was his highest temporary rank. The highlighted rank is the highest rank achieved in wartime (between Sept 1939-Aug 1945).

Decorations are given in a somewhat random order; I've tried to put the higher ones on top, with the foreign awards at the bottom. Foreign awards and other honours can also be indicated below the decorations box. When known, of each decoration the ribbon has been given, the abbreviation, the date (mostly the date of gazetting in the London Gazette) and the action or campaign for which the decoration was awarded. Behind the icon (place your pointer on the icon and wait a few seconds) the full title of the decoration (and when applicable the class within the order) is given. For some decorations, such as the Victoria Cross, the citation for the award has also been reproduced.

Column 4
Here the career of the officer is given, starting (when known) with his education. In small print on a white background the information of his career before and after the period of 1939-1945 has been given. In larger print on a grey background his wartime career is shown. When known, a year or date is indicated. Dates between rounded brackets indicate that the person was at least serving on that date in the given posting, but exact information about when started or ended fail. E.g. 1942-(05.)1943 indicates that the person served in a certain posting in the years 1942-1943, and in an effort to specify it a bit more it is indicated that he at least still served in May 1943. As the Army List doesn't include wartime postings, and the Army Gradation List only gives staff appointments, the career slate of most officers will be pretty meagre. For every officer at least the date & regiment/corps/service of commissioning is mentioned. Details about postings are often unknown. Underneath the career box details are given about a possible civil career and social & honorary positions.

Something about commissions here. One who decided to make the Army as his profession was commissioned into the the Army after having been trained as a Cadet. He got a [Permanent] Regular Army Commission. The part-time ("weekend") soldiers got a Territorial Army Commission. Wartime circumstances made it necessary to make commissions for the duration of the emergency only, the so-called Emergency Commissions. Officers could be placed in the Reserve of Officers (RARO for Regular Army, TARO for Territorial Army).


Common abbreviations for e.g. educational degrees (MA, BA, BSc etc.) and other non-military affairs are not explained here. Consult a dictionary, if  necessary, or look here.

2nd Lt. Second Lieutenant
A/ Acting [rank for a certain period; after 3 months usually "upgraded'' to Temporary rank]
AA Anti-Aircraft
AAC Army Air Corps
ACC Army Catering Corps
Adj. Adjutant
AI Army in India
AQMG Assistant Quartermaster-General
Bdr. Bombardier
BGS Brigadier General Staff
BM Brigade Major
Bn Battalion
BQMS Battery Quartermaster-Sergeant
Brig. Brigadier
BSM Battery Sergeant-Major
Bt. (or Br.) Brevet [a commission giving a military officer higher nominal rank than that for which pay is received]
Capt. Captain
Cdr. Commander [e.g. of brigade strength]
Cdt. Commandant [e.g. of camp, school, training establishment]
cl. class
CMP Corps of Military Police
CO Commanding Officer [e.g. of battalion strength]
Col. Colonel
Coy Company
Condr. Conductor
Cpl. Corporal
CQMS Company Quartermaster-Sergeant
CRA Commander Royal Artillery
CRE Commander Royal Engineers
Crftmn. Craftsman
CSM Company Sergeant-Major
DAAG Deputy Assistant Adjutant-General
DA&QMG Deputy Adjutant & Quartermaster-General
Dir Director
DL Deputy Lieutenant
DO District Officer
DOW died of wounds2
EC Emergency Commission
Gen. General
Gnr. Gunner
GOC General Officer Commanding [e.g. of division strength]
GOC-in-C General Officer Commanding-in-Chief [e.g. of army or theatre of war strength]
GSO1 General Staff Officer, 1st grade
GSO2 General Staff Officer, 2nd grade
GSO3 General Staff Officer, 3rd grade
Hon. Honorary [rank held upon retirement, when higher than substantive rank]
HQ Headquarters
IA Indian Army
IARO Indian Army Reserve of Officers
IC Intelligence Corps
jssc qualified at a course at the Joint Services Staff College
KIA killed in action
KOSB The King's Own Scottish Borderers
KRRC The King's Royal Rifle Corps
L/ Lance- [prefix for rank, i.e. Lance-Corporal, Lance-Sergeant]
LRPU Long Range Patrol Unit 
LRDG Long Range Desert Group
Lt. Lieutenant
Lt.Col. Lieutenant-Colonel
Lt.Gen. Lieutenant-General
Maj. Major
Maj.Gen. Major-General
MPK missing, presumed killed
OC Officer Commanding [e.g. of company strength]
OCTU Officer Cadet Training Unit
Ordn.Offr. Ordnance Officer
OTC Officer Training Corps
Paym. Paymaster
POW prisoner of war
prob. probationary / on probation
psc graduate of a Staff College (Camberley or Quetta)
Pte. Private
QM Quartermaster
QMS Quartermaster-Sergeant
RA Royal Artillery
RAC Royal Armoured Corps
2 Royal Army Medical Corps
RAOC Royal Army Ordnance Corps
RAPC Royal Army Pay Corps
RARO Regular Army Reserve of Officers
RASC Royal Army Service Corps
RE Royal Engineers
Regt Regiment
reld released
retd retired
RFA Royal Field Artillery
Rfm. Rifleman
RHA Royal Horse Artillery
RMA Royal Military Academy, Woolwich [post-war: Sandhurst]
RMC Royal Military College, Sandhurst
RSM Regimental Sergeant-Major
RTR Royal Tank Regiment
S/ Staff [prefix for rank, i.e. Staff-Sergeant]
SADE Specialised Armour Development Establishment
SC Staff Captain
Serjt., Sjt. Serjeant = Sergeant
Sgt. Sergeant
Sgt.Maj. Sergeant-Major
SRO Supplementary Reserve of Officers
SSM Staff Sergeant-Major
Sub. Subaltern
Sub.Cond. Sub-Conductor
T/ Temporary [rank for a certain period]
TA Territorial Army
TARO Territorial Army Reserve of Officers
Tpr. Trooper
TSO Technical Staff Officer
WO War Office
WS/ War Substantive [for the duration of wartime service only]
Wt.Offr. Warrant Officer [Class I / Class II]