Whilst not directly related to Worcestershire's military heritage, this gallery presents exhibit biographies important and interesting to Britain's military history.
Lieutenant Colonel Lord Burnham OBE, MID, JP, DL.5th Baron of Burnham, Scots Guards.
William Edward Harry Lawson was born on the 22nd of October 1920. He spent his childhood at Hall Barn in Beaconsford Buckinghamshire, the seat of his father Major-General Edward Frederick Lawson, the 4th Baron of Barnhem. The Lawson family had strong connections to the Daily Telepgraph. In May 1939 after attending Eton College, where he was Cadet Sergeant in the Officer Training Corps., W. E. H. Lawson became a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Buckingham Yeomanry. The Yeomanry saw action with the British Expeditionary Force in France before being evacuated from Dunkirk in 1940, with Lawson personally disembarking on HMS Worcester. After Dunkirk he transferred to the Scots Guards in June 1941 where he served with distinction, being Mentioned in Dispatches for his service in Malaya in 1950/51, then taking command of the 1st Battalion in 1959. In December of 1962 he retired from the regiment, having risen to the rank of Lieuteant Colonel. He was also made an Officer of the British Empire. Upon the death of his father in 1963, he became the 5th Baron of Burnham, serving as a Justice of the Peace in 1970 and representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second as a Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire in 1977. After an active life Colonel "Bill" Lawson, the 5th Baron of Burnham passed away on June the 18th 1993.
More about Lord Burnham can be found in the London Gazette, thepeerage.com, beaconsfieldhistory.org.uk, and in the book "Among Friends - The Scots Guards 1956 - 1993" Murray Naylor, 1995.
Captain M. M. Garratt, Scots Guards.
Michael Murray Garratt was born on the 24th of March 1925. He spent his childhood at Bishopsteignton House near Teignmouth in Devon. His Father was the author, Captain Geoffrey Garratt MBE of the Pioneer Corps., who was killed in a tragic training accident in 1942. In March 1944 Michael Garratt was given an emergency commisson from Cadet and served with the 1st Battalion Scots Guards in Italy towards the end of the Second World War. In 1948 he was moved to the reserve of Officer's List with the Honorary rank of Captain. After his military career he followed in his father's footsteps and joined the Civil Service in Bombay India. Captain Garratt passed away in 1978.
More about Honorary Captain Garratt can be found in the London Gazette.
J. Buxton Pelham, Scots Guards.
Major Buxton Pelham
C. N. Hume, Scots Guards.
Major Michael "Knocker" Bell, 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards
R. E. M. Elborne, Life Guards.
Thomas, Welsh Guards.
Royal Air Force
Air Vice Marshal Sir Edward Rice KBE, CB, MC, MID.
Sir Edward Arthur Beckton Rice was born on the 19th of December 1893. Rice was comissioned from Sandhurst 8th of June 1944 hw as mentioned in dispatches. During the Second World War he was Air Officer Commanding of AHQ West Africa until 1943 when he took command of HQ 1st Group of Bomber Command.
More about Sir Edward Rice can be found in the London Gazette, militaryimages.net, npg.org.uk and rafweb.org.
Air Commodore W. K. Beisiegel OBE.
Air Vice Marshal Guy "Smokey" Bearne CB, MID.
Air Vice Marshal Bearne
Air Vice Marshal E. C. Bates CB, CBE, DFC, MID.
Air Vice Marshal, Royal Auxiliary Air Force. CB, VCO, OBE, MID.