39928 Lieutenant-Colonel Douglas Robert Beaumont KAYE, DSO*, MiD, 10 Royal Hussars

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    Personal Number: 39928
    Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel
    Name: Douglas Robert Beaumont KAYE, DSO*, MiD
    Unit: 10th Royal Hussars

    London Gazette : 30 January 1934
    The undermentioned 2nd Lts. to be Lts.:—
    10th H.—
    D. R. B. Kaye. 30th Jan. 1934.

    London Gazette : 11 January 1938
    The undermentioned appts. are made:-—
    Lt. D. R. B. Kaye, 10th H., to be A.D.C. to the Comdr., Mobile Div. 13th Dec. 1937.

    London Gazette : 14 January 1938
    10th H.—
    Lt. D. R. B. Kaye is secd, for serv. on the Staff. 13th Dec. 1937.

    London Gazette : 13 September 1938
    Lt. D. R. B. Kaye, 10th H., relinquishes the appt. of A.D.C. to the Comdr., Mobile Div. 11th Sept. 1938.

    London Gazette : 7 July 1939
    The undermentioned appts. are made:—
    Capt. D. R. B. Kaye, 10th H., to be Dep. Asst. Prov. Marshal (temp.), 1st June 1939.

    London Gazette : 30 December 1941
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East (including Egypt, East Africa, The Western Desert, The Sudan, Greece, Crete, Syria and Tobruk) during the period February, 1941, to July, 1941:—
    Capt. (local Lt.-Col.) D. R. B. Kaye (39928).

    London Gazette : 28 January 1943
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in the Middle East: — .
    The Distinguished Service Order.
    Captain (temporary Major) (local Lieutenant-Colonel) Douglas Robert Beaumont Kaye (39928), 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own), Royal Armoured Corps (Cirencester).

    London Gazette : 13 December 1945
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Italy:—
    Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
    Lieutenant Colonel (temporary) Douglas Robert Beaumont Kaye, D.S.O.(39928), 10th Royal Hussars (Prince of Wales's Own), Royal Armoured Corps (Cirencester).

    London Gazette : 2 July 1946
    The (undermentioned Capts to be Majs , 1st July 1946 —
    10th H.
    (War Subs. Maj) D R B KAYE, DSO. (39328).

    London Gazette : 15 February 1963
    Commission signed by the Lord Lieutenant of the County of Cambridge
    Lieutenant-Colonel (Honorary Colonel) Douglas Robert Beaumont Kaye, D.S.O., of Brinkley Hall, near Newmarket, Suffolk, to be a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Cambridge. Dated 4th February 1963.

    London Gazette : 17 November 1964
    16/5 L.
    Lt.-Col. (Hon. Col.) D. R. S. [sic] KAYE, D.S.O. (39928), having attained the age limit, ceases to belong to Res. of Offrs., 18th Nov. 1964.
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    • "Douglas Robert Beaumont Kaye was born on 18 Nov 1909. He was educated at Harrow and commissioned into the Leicestershire Yeomanry in 1928. At the age of 20 he went out to India to stay with one of his three brothers, all officers in the 10th Hussars. He was told of a man-eating tiger that had killed 7 Indians so he set off with a goat which he tied up near a tree. He waited in the branches for 3 nights before finally killing the beast. He transferred to a regular commission with the 10th Hussars in 1931. The regiment had been posted to Meerut in 1930 and Kaye entered into the sporting activities such as polo, pig-sticking, shooting and jackal hunting. He formed the Lucknow Hunt with hounds that his father, Master of the Woodland Pytchley, had drafted out to India.
    • He returned to England in 1938 to train in military police work and was than posted as Officer Commanding Palestine Provost Company in Jerusalem. After two years he was posted in a similar job in Cairo. The 10th Hussars arrived in Egypt in November 1941 and Kaye asked to return to them. He was appointed command of C Squadron even though he had never been in a tank or used a wireless. He was wounded in the first battle of El Alamein in May 1942, but it was in the 23 October - 4 November battle of El Alamein that he won the DSO. In this he was in command of A Squadron which had moved forward in the night to find that, as day dawned, they were in an enemy minefield and faced by German tanks and guns. In the ensuing battle Kaye’s tanks destroyed 60 tanks, 30 anti-tank guns and 12 lorries, for the loss of only one British tank. He managed to get his squadron forward and through the minefield, to beat off another attack on a British infantry battalion.
    • After Alamein he served in the North African campaign in Tunisia and then supervised training for the landing in Italy in May 1944. He commanded the 10th Hussars through the Italian battles of Coriano Ridge, Santarcangelo, Cesena, Faenza and the Argenta Gap. He won a bar to his DSO in 1945. At the Cinzano factory he used a water cart to capture the drink which was pouring out of a shell-hole in one of the vats. He collected 250 gallons which was gratefully drunk by his regiment until the end of the war. However, he was reprimanded by the brigade commander for his misuse of a water cart, but he and many of the hussars developed a lifelong taste for Cinzano.
    • He married Audrey Bellville in 1946 and they had a son (also a 10th Hussar) and a daughter. After the war he commanded the 16th/5th Lancers, and from 1954 to 56 was Colonel Commandant of the gunnery school, RAC centre. In 1956 he retired from the army and was able to indulge his lifelong passion for fox-hunting. He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely in 1971 and served as chairman of the Newmarket District Council.
    • He was a big man with a strong sense of discipline and high standards. He could dominate a gathering and had a very good sense of humour. He was popular with both soldiers and civilians and got on well with young people. As well as hunting he was good swimmer, having captained the regimental team of the 10th Hussars. He died in February 1996 at the age of 86. The photo and information comes from the Daily Telegraph obituaries 4 Mar 1996."
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