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Capt. Alwyne AC Farquharson MC

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by GRW, Oct 13, 2021.

  1. GRW

    GRW Pillboxologist WW2|ORG Editor

    Oct 26, 2003
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    Stirling, Scotland
    "The longest-serving clan chief and decorated war veteran who was close friends with Prince Philip has died at 102-years-old.
    Captain Alwyne was born into a wealthy and influential family on May 1, 1919.
    He was the eldest of three children for Major Edward Compton of Newby Hall in Yorkshire and Sylvia Farquharson, along with sister Mary and younger brother Robert.
    The chieftain was taught at Eton College and went on to study land economy at Magdalen College, Oxford, before interrupting his studies to join the war effort in 1939, not long after his 20th birthday.
    Captain Alwyne joined the Royal Scots Greys, the last British Cavalry to give up its horses in 1941 for motorised units, where he climbed the ranks and earned his title.
    He fought at the Battle for Caen in 1944, earning him the Military Cross for singlehandedly determining the position of the enemy even though he was seriously injured in the foot.
    After the war the captain moved to Aberdeenshire.
    His aunt Myrtle's death in 1941 during the Blitz meant Captain Alwyne assumed the role of Chief and Laird of Invercauld."
  2. CAC

    CAC Ace of Spades

    Dec 1, 2010
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    Poor sod, life must have been horrendous.

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