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  1. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    Just looking through this Scots Guards officer’s service papers on FMP -

    Casualty Details | CWGC

    There is mention in correspondence between the Regiment and his widow that Captain Gurowski was one of a handful of officers sent from Scots Guards Holding Battalion at The Tower of London across the Channel “to assist in the evacuation of troops from the Dunkirk beaches”. I’m aware no Scots Guards Battalions were with BEF.

    He was killed when the ship (Destroyer) on which he was returning to England was bombed.

    His papers say he was buried in Dover but CWGC says he was reinterred in Berkshire.

    Does anyone have any knowledge of any organised body of troops /officers being sent across to Dunkirk as described above?

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  2. Bruneval

    Bruneval Well-Known Member

    Hi Steve,

    Capt Gurowski's grave is located at St Peter Churchyard
    Woolhampton, West Berkshire Unitary Authority, Berkshire, England.
    Plot S.E. corner. Grave 1008.
    Son of Count Gurowski and of Countess Gurowski (nee von Essen); husband of Countess Gurowski (nee Haig-Thomas), of West Amesbury, Wiltshire.

    He seems to have been buried in a family plot.



  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Richard Dudley Melchior Gurowski
    BIRTH 9 JAN 1910 • Newbury, Berkshire, England
    DEATH 2 JUN 1940 • Dunkerque, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Male Gurowski
    Registration Date: Apr 1940
    [May 1940]
    [Jun 1940]
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration District: Dover
    Inferred County: Kent
    Volume: 2a
    Page: 3134

    UK, Army Roll of Honour, 1939-1945
    Name: Richard Gurowski
    Given Initials: R D M
    Rank: Captain
    Death Date: 2 Jun 1940
    Number: 47565
    Birth Place: Berkshire
    Residence: Reading
    Regiment at Enlistment: Scots Guards
    Branch at Enlistment: Foot Guards
    Theatre of War: France and Belgium Campaign, 1939/40
    Regiment at Death: Scots Guards
    Branch at Death: Foot Guards

    1939 England and Wales Register
    Name: Richard D Gurowski
    Gender: Male
    Marital Status: Married
    Birth Date: 9 Jan 1910
    Residence Year: 1939
    Address: Rose Cottage Bray
    Residence Place: Cookham, Berkshire, England
    Line Number: 27
    Schedule Number: 183
    Sub Schedule Number: 1
    Enumeration District: DUED
    Borough: Cookham
    Registration district: 123/1
    Shows him as a Captain Royal Scots Guards

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  4. Les Carter

    Les Carter Member

    I thought the RN Beach Masters - Officers did a lot of the work on the beaches, mustering troops and loading the ships etc. Interesting to note other officers were sent over to assist, like Capt.Gurowski. RIP.
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  6. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi Diane,

    Don’t think either of them went over to assist as volunteers......I think the small boat would’ve been one of the many commandeered for use at Dunkirk without the participation of the owners as crew.

    Hanbury Tracy went to BEF as Brigade Major 9th Infantry Brigade in mid May 1940 and was badly wounded by bombing at Dunkirk and died from his wounds in August 1940.

    I doubt SG would have allowed several experienced officers to go overseas “freelancing” from the Holding Battalion, Tower of London - more likely there under orders although Gurowski’s file doesn’t contain any “orders” about his, and his fellow officers, despatch to Dunkirk. If I find any more as I go through further service records I will post further.

  7. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    I’ve found another contemporary mention of the death of Captain Gurowski in a Scots Guards service record. In a letter, dated 4th June 1940, from the Regimental Adjutant to a SG officer recently posted to 161 OCTU (RMC Sandhurst) breaking the news of the death of Captain Gurowski the adjutant comments that he was one of 4 SG officers sent to help with the evacuation of the BEF from Dunkirk.

    Last edited: Mar 16, 2021
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