Gay Geoffrey Lytton 2/Lt 113543

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Name Gay Geoffrey Lytton
Army number 113543
Rank 2/Lt
Decorations Qualified Staff College 1944, Order of St John 1961, Knight of St John 1979, Licentiate RPS 1983, FRSA 1983.
Date of birth 14/3/1914.
Age 0
Unit Honourable Artillery Company 2 (V). Posted to 162 OCTU 1939. Joined The Durham Light Infantry - granted an Emergency Commission as 2/Lt 14/1/1940. Posted No 4 ITC 6/2/1940. Attached 10th Battalion DLI 6/2/1940. Posted 10th Battalion DLI 21/2/1940. Served B.E.F. Evacuated via Dunkirk. Special Employment 25/11/1940 to 4/10/1941. Posted 49 Division HQ. Served Iceland. Attached to 70 Brigade HQ 10/5/1943 - 20/5/1943. Posted overseas. Chief of Staff, Sind District India 1943. DAAG HQ India 17/12/1945. Unemployed list and released 1946.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role G III. Staff Captain.
Joined Brigade 6/2/1940.
Promotions W/S Lt 14/7/1941, A/Captain 5/10/1941, T/Captain 5/1/1942, W/S Captain 25/5/1944, T/Major 25/5/1944, Hon Lt. Colonel.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action
Home address Blandford Forum, Dorset. Son of Charles M Gay of Kensington and his wife Ida. Traced on the Kensington and Chelsea Electoral Register between 1937 and 1960. Educated St Paul's School. Joined Knight, Frank and Rutley 1929 - Consultant 1973. Married 1947 Dorothy Ann.
Source table 10DLI

Captain Gay was listed in the Iceland Force newspaper as acting as Stage Manager at the Fish Shed in the context of local Concerts and entertainments. This had the bonus of confirming that he did serve in Iceland as there were no other official records to that effect available to assist the research.