Thomas Scott (British Army officer)

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Major-General Thomas Scott, CB, CBE, DSO (1905–1976), was a British Army general who later became Lord Lieutenant of Fermanagh.

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Early life

Thomas Patrick David Scott was educated at Blundell's School, Tiverton, and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.

Blundells School

Blundell's School is a co-educational day and boarding independent school located in the town of Tiverton in the county of Devon, England. It was founded in 1604 under the will of Peter Blundell, one of the richest men in England at the time, and moved to its present site on the outskirts of the town in May 1882. It was known until the 19th century as Tiverton Grammar School.

Tiverton, Devon town in Devon, England

Tiverton is a town and civil parish in the English county of Devon and the main commercial and administrative centre of the Mid Devon district. It has also become a dormitory town for commuters to Exeter and Taunton. The built-up area had a population of 19,544 in 2011 and the parish had 21,335.

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Army career

Scott was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1924 and was adjutant from 1933 to 1936. From 1936 to 1938, he was an instructor at Sandhurst.

Royal Irish Fusiliers Former regiment of the British Army

The Royal Irish Fusiliers was an Irish line infantry regiment of the British Army, formed by the amalgamation of the 87th Regiment of Foot and the 89th Regiment of Foot in 1881. The regiment's first title in 1881 was Princess Victoria's , changed in 1920 to the Royal Irish Fusiliers . Between the time of its formation and Irish independence, it was one of eight Irish regiments.

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During the Second World War, Scott was CO 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers during the early part of their campaign in Tunisia from November 1942 to March 1943, before taking over as CO of 2nd London Irish Rifles for a short period until June 1943. From July 1943 to November 1943, he was commander of 12 British Infantry Brigade in 4th Infantry Division before he was appointed as commander of 128 British Infantry Brigade in 46th Infantry Division until breaking his ankle in January 1944. He later commanded 38 Irish Brigade from February 1944 until the end of the war and during the brigade's peacekeeping duties in Austria after May 1945.

Scott was Commandant at the Senior Officers’ School, from 1948 to 1950 and spent the two years from 1954 to 1956 as Training Adviser to Commander-in-Chief, GHQ, Pakistan. His last appointment was GOC North West District and he retired in 1959.

Post war

Scott’s appointments following retirement included:

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The Royal Irish Rangers was a regular infantry regiment of the British Army with a relatively short existence, formed in 1968 and later merged with the Ulster Defence Regiment in 1992 to form the Royal Irish Regiment.

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Scott was made a CBE in 1945 and a CB in 1956. His DSO and Bar came in 1943 and 1945. He married, in 1936, Peggy Winifred daughter of Captain Robert McGregor Bowen-Colthurst and had three daughters.


The Irish Brigade in Italy March 1944 – March 1945

A scan of Scott's account of the 38th (Irish) Brigade has been uploaded at

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