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TITLE
Lord Lovat talks about an outstanding Commando
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFRLORDLOVAT_10
PLACENAME
Beauly
DISTRICT
Aird
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kilmorack
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Simon Fraser, 17th Lord Lovat
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1546
KEYWORDS
Commandos
Commandoes
armed forces
Second World War
agriculture
laird
lairds
dentists
audio

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Simon Fraser, commonly known as the 17th Lord Lovat, (1911-1995), was the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a prominent British Commando during World War II. He was seriously wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944 but went on to make a full recovery. In the post-war period he devoted much of his time to politics and looking after the family estates in the Beauly district.

In this audio extract, taken from an interview with Sam Marshall for Moray Firth Radio, Lord Lovat recalls one of his best Commando recruits.

'One of the best men I had was in the Dental Corps. He was - he was a fine, splendid, physical specimen and he didn't like pulling people's teeth out, and he was stationed somewhere on the south coast and he decided to have a war of his own. So he stole a motor boat in Dover and took a couple of people with him and tried to get to France to do a raid without any authority. But his engine broke down and he was towed back ignominiously, found off by a patrol in the middle of the Channel, got court martialled - he was a sergeant so he was reduced to the ranks - and he wrote to me and asked if he could join Number Four Commando which I was, at that time, commanding in Winchester. So he came along and he proved a hundred-per-cent first-class man; he got his stripes back within a year. In Normandy he was awarded a Gallantry award and promoted in the field, and when the war ended in Europe he went to New Zealand, England was too small for him. When the Korean War broke out he enlisted as a gunner, having been a Commando soldier and a dentist, ended up as a D.S.O. commanding a battery. Those were the kind of people we had'

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Lord Lovat talks about an outstanding Commando

INVERNESS: Kilmorack

1980s

Commandos; Commandoes; armed forces; Second World War; agriculture; laird; lairds; dentists; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Lord Lovat

Simon Fraser, commonly known as the 17th Lord Lovat, (1911-1995), was the 25th Chief of the Clan Fraser and a prominent British Commando during World War II. He was seriously wounded during the invasion of Normandy in 1944 but went on to make a full recovery. In the post-war period he devoted much of his time to politics and looking after the family estates in the Beauly district. <br /> <br /> In this audio extract, taken from an interview with Sam Marshall for Moray Firth Radio, Lord Lovat recalls one of his best Commando recruits.<br /> <br /> 'One of the best men I had was in the Dental Corps. He was - he was a fine, splendid, physical specimen and he didn't like pulling people's teeth out, and he was stationed somewhere on the south coast and he decided to have a war of his own. So he stole a motor boat in Dover and took a couple of people with him and tried to get to France to do a raid without any authority. But his engine broke down and he was towed back ignominiously, found off by a patrol in the middle of the Channel, got court martialled - he was a sergeant so he was reduced to the ranks - and he wrote to me and asked if he could join Number Four Commando which I was, at that time, commanding in Winchester. So he came along and he proved a hundred-per-cent first-class man; he got his stripes back within a year. In Normandy he was awarded a Gallantry award and promoted in the field, and when the war ended in Europe he went to New Zealand, England was too small for him. When the Korean War broke out he enlisted as a gunner, having been a Commando soldier and a dentist, ended up as a D.S.O. commanding a battery. Those were the kind of people we had'