87306 Robert Blair "Paddy" MAYNE, DSO & 3 Bars, MiD, Royal Ulster Rifles & 1 SAS

Discussion in 'Special Forces' started by Owen, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Having a look on iPlayer for something to watch & found this.


    BBC iPlayer - In the Footsteps of Blair Mayne



    Eddie Irvine walks in the footsteps of his hero Blair Mayne for a new portrait of the Ardsborn World War Two legend.

    Broadcast on:BBC One, 9:00pm Monday 28th September 2009 Duration: 60 minutes Available until: 9:59pm Monday 5th October 2009 Categories:
     
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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    That was good.
    I enjoyed that.
     
  3. nicks

    nicks Very Senior Member

    So did I, very interesting,thanks for posting the link.

    Nick
     
  4. WotNoChad?

    WotNoChad? Senior Member

    Lovely link, and good viewing.
     
  5. At Home Dad (Returning)

    At Home Dad (Returning) Well-Known Member

    very interesting, thanks for the heads up

    I wonder if it'll get a showing all over UK
     
  6. Bodston

    Bodston Little Willy

    Just caught it in time.
    Very good link. Thanks.
     
  7. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    Having just picked up a first editon hardback copy of 'Rogue Warrior' for £3 £18-70 on Abe:D which I already have in hadback(there is another post in there somewhere;)) and also having a copy of the book 'Paddy Mayne' by Hamish Ross which is the only book supported by his family although some have said it tends to whitewash the stories surrouding Mayne:unsure:.I was wondering given that the first book I mention was not backwards in relating Maynes many moments of a dubious nature, and was criticised by Hanish Ross in his book, which book do we believe:huh: the one sanctioned by the family, as after all they would want the best written of him or the warts and all story by Bradford and Dillon who wrote Rogue Warrior.Then of course there is a third book 'Colonel Paddy' by Patrick Marrinan, of which I know little other than it is seen as the least notable of the three.What is in no doubt is the courage and selfless bravery of Paddy Mayne who was awarded a VC only for it to be changed 6 months later to a third bar to his DSO.
     
  8. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Whilst perusing a copy of Freemasonry Magazine today I came across this article which I thought would be good to share...

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  9. Buteman

    Buteman 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron

    Photo from Findagrave. Buried at Newtownards (Movilla) Cemetery, County Down

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  10. dbf

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    Personal Number: 87306
    Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel
    Name: Robert Blair MAYNE, DSO***, MiD
    Unit: Royal Ulster Rifles & 1 SAS


    London Gazette : 28 March 1939
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34611/page/2092/data.pdf
    ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY.
    8th A.A. Regt.—
    Robert Blair MAYNE (lateOff. Cadet, Queen's Univ. Belfast Contgt, O.T.C.) to be 2nd Lt. 27th Mar. 1939, with regtl. seniority 6th Mar. 1939, and precedence next above 2nd Lt. R. C. H. Kinahan.

    London Gazette : 16 April 1940
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34830/supplement/2230/data.pdf
    SUPPLEMENTARY RESERVE OF OFFICERS.
    INFANTRY.
    R. U. Rif.
    2nd Lt. R. B. Mayne (87306) (from R.A.) to be 2nd Lt. 17th Apr. 1940, retaining his present seniority.

    London Gazette : 24 February 1942
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35465/supplement/894/data.pdf
    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.
    Lieutenant Robert Blair Mayne (87306), The Royal Ulster Rifles.

    London Gazette : 24 February 1942
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35465/supplement/899/data.pdf
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve that the following be Mentioned in recognition of distinguished services in the Middle East:—
    Infantry.
    R. U. Rif.
    Lt. R. B. Mayne, D.S.O. (87306

    London Gazette : 21 October 1943
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/36217/supplement/4661/data.pdf
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in Sicily: —
    Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
    Captain (temporary Major) Robert Blair Mayne, D.S.O. (87306), Infantry (Belfast).

    London Gazette : 29 March 1945
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37004/supplement/1709/data.pdf
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe: —
    Second Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
    Major (temporary Lieutenant-Colonel) Robert Blair Mayne, D.S.O. (87306), Army Air Corps (Belfast). D.S.O. (S73o6), Army Air Corps (Belfast).

    London Gazette : 11 October 1945
    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/37302/supplement/5004/data.pdf
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following immediate awards in recognition of gallant and distinguished services in North West Europe: —
    Third Bar to the Distinguished Service Order.
    Lieutenant-Colonel (temporary) Robert Blair MAYNE, D.S.O. (87306), 1st Special Air Service Regiment, Army Air Corps. (Belfast).
     
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  11. dbf

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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Mayne, Robert Blair
    Rank: Major
    Service No: 87306
    Regiment: 1 Special Air Service Regiment
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Bar to Distinguished Service Order
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 11 October 1945
    Date 1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/55
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  12. ww2ni

    ww2ni Senior Member

    Shame he never received the Victoria Cross which I am sure many of us would agree he had earned many times over.

    Seems the senior officers simply did not like him.

    I have more details and photographs regarding Paddy on my website.
     
  13. dbf

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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Mayne, Robert Blair
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Regiment: Royal Ulster Rifles
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Middle East (Egypt and Libya)
    Award: Distinguished Service Order
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 24 February 1942
    Date 1941-1942
    Catalogue reference WO 373/18
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  14. dbf

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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Mayne, Robert Blair
    Rank: Captain
    Service No: 87306
    Regiment: Royal Ulster Rifles
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: Sicily
    Award: Bar to Distinguished Service Order
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 21 October 1943
    Date 1943-1944
    Catalogue reference WO 373/3
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  15. dbf

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    The National Archives | DocumentsOnline | Image Details
    Name Mayne, Robert Blair
    Rank: Major
    Service No: 87306
    Regiment: Army Air Corps
    Theatre of Combat or Operation: North West Europe 1944-45
    Award: Second Bar to Distinguished Service Order
    Date of Announcement in London Gazette: 29 March 1945
    Date 1945
    Catalogue reference WO 373/53
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  17. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    Jonathan,

    An excellent find.

    Thank you for posting and also follow up posts from Robert and Diane.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  18. phylo_roadking

    phylo_roadking Very Senior Member

    Does anyone happen to know what the "mission in the South Atlantic" was?
     
  19. dbf

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    After The War
    Despite the increasing pain he was soon looking for a more demanding role and so he decided to become a member of an expedition that was being sent to the Antarctic known as the Falkland Islands Dependency Survey. But before long his injuries worsened and so once again he was forced to return home to Northern Ireland where he received some much needed medical treatment to his spine.

    British Antarctic Survey - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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  20. Jonathan Ball

    Jonathan Ball It's a way of life.

    Thanks to everyone for the contributions to the thread. The DSO citations are a bit good aren't they? Its another example of this forum at it's best in terms of the quality of information on offer. Great stuff.
     

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