Youngest Major in British Army

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  1. jamesday

    jamesday Junior Member

    Hi
    I am researching Alexander Douglas Grant DALLAS MC, KIA 1/9/44 in N Italy, with the 2/6th QRR(WS). He became an acting Major in about June 1943 at the age of 22.

    Can anyone find a younger A/Major?
     
  2. Charpoy Chindit

    Charpoy Chindit Junior Member

    Maj RWT Britten, MC, of the Madras S&M was born 28/02/22 and promoted acting Major 27/12/43, which made him 21 if I've counted right.
    Found a score of 22 year olds, too.
    This was from a sample of only about 7,000 where I have both DOB and date of promotion. The oldest of the sample was a substantive Maj aged 62.
     
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  5. Combover

    Combover Guest

    How about this chap?

    Lt. Col. E. P. Thompson.

    C.O of the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada at the age of 23 and Killed In Action in that role at the age of 24 during Operation Blockbuster.
     

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  6. jamesday

    jamesday Junior Member

    Hi Owen

    Online Birth records have Peter N W Buckwell born in early 1921 so he would have been 21. Still amazing.

    Charpoy. Do you have the actual date of promotion for my Dallas guy. I cannot find him in the Gazette.

    Thanks
     
  7. Charpoy Chindit

    Charpoy Chindit Junior Member

    No, sorry. My stuff is strictly war against Japan. Try the relevant Army List, you can find them on CD and online nowadays.
     
  8. jamesday

    jamesday Junior Member

    Found it online. T/Maj on 1/12/43 at the age of 23 years and 120 days.
     
  9. Charpoy Chindit

    Charpoy Chindit Junior Member

    Bear in mind that he would probably have been an acting Maj for three months before he became temporary.
     
  10. canuck

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    The CO's of the Camerons obviously did not lead from the rear:


    Lieutenant Colonel N.H. Ross, DSO. ED

    1944

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    St Andre sur Orne
    20 Jul 1944


    Lieutenant Colonel J. Runcie, MC

    1944

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    Fontenay le Marmion
    7 Aug 1944


    Lieutenant Colonel C.W. Ferguson

    1944

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    Fontenay le Marmion
    8 Aug 1944


    Lieutenant Colonel A.S. Gregory, DSO

    1944

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    La Chenaie-
    Moulineaux
    29 Aug 1944


    Lieutenant Colonel E.P. Thompson, DSO

    1944-1945

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    Calcar Ridge
    26 Feb 1945
     
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