Ricketts Abdy Henry Gough Captain 33748
Name Ricketts Abdy Henry Gough
Army number 33748
Decorations Awarded N W Frontier Medal and Clasp. p.s.c. O.B.E. Gazetted 1/1/1944. M.i.D. for services in Burma, gazetted 26/4/1945. D.S.O. for services in Burma 17/1/1946. C.B.E. for services in Malaya, gazetted 4/4/1952. USA Legion of Merit, Degree of Officer 30/10/1953.
Date of birth 8/12/1905 in India. Baptised 10/1/1906 in Delhi.
Unit Regular Commission as 2/Lt in the Durham Light Infantry 3/9/1925. Served Shanghai Defence Force 1927. Served N W Frontier of India 1930 - 1931. Served Adjutant in Territorial Army 6/11/1934 to 5/11/1938 (Battalion not yet known). Posted 12th Bn DLI 1939. Posted 70th Brigade HQ 25/10/1939. GSO2 3/9/1940 - 25/5/1941. GSO2 (Instructor) 26/5/1941 - 26/7/1941. Brigade Major (Bde not known) 27/7/1941 - 14/10/1941. GSO2 15/10/1941 - 12/4/1942. GSO1 13/4/1942 - 18/12/1943. 3rd (West African) Infantry Brigade - Second Chindit Expedition 9/3/1944 - 19/10/1944. 4th (West African) Infantry Brigade - Chindit Expedition 20/10/1944 - 14/8/1945. Brigade Commander 15/8/1945 - 31/7/1946 and 1/1/1947 - 6/11/1949. FARELF (Malaya) 15/12/1949 - 9/9/1951. 29th Infantry Brigade - Korea -9/10/1951 - 17/2/1952. School of Land Warfare 23/2/1953 - 21/1/1955. G.o.C. Cyprus District 18/3/1955 - 20/9/1955. Director of Security, Cyprus 21/9/1955 to 11/10/1955. Commander (Major General) Cyprus District 25/10/1955 - 19/10/1956. RARO 30/6/1957 - 8/12/1963. Ceases to belong to RARO on age grounds 8/12/1963. Colonel of the DLI 1965-1968. Deputy Colonel of The Light Infantry 1968-1970. Deputy Lieutenant Somerset 1968-1990.
Company/Battery Brigade Headquarters.
Platoon or other sub-unit
Task or role Developing Training Programmes for the 70th Infantry Brigade. Staff Captain 13/1/1940 - 25/6/1940. Brigade Major 30/6/1940 - 2/9/1940 vice Captain Fillingham. 3rd (WA) Bde - Second-in-Command. 4th (WA) Bde - Commander. FARELF - Colonel - General Staff. Korea - Brigade Commander. Land Warfare School - Assistant Commandant. Cyprus - General Officer Commanding.
Joined Brigade Probably 1/9/1939.
Promotions Lt 3/9/1927. Captain 5/6/1937. A/Major 27/7/1940. T/Major 27/10/1940. Local Lt Col 26/5/1941. W/S Major 13/7/1942. Major 3/9/1942. A/Lt.Colonel 13/4/1942. T/Lt Col 9/9/1944. A/Colonel 9/3/1944. T/Brigadier 20/4/1945. Lt Colonel 14/12/1948. Colonel 25/3/1949. Brigadier 8/12/1953 (Supernumerary 25/3/1955). T/Major-General 21/9/1955. Re-granted rank of T/Major General 25/10/1955. Honorary Major-General 30/6/1957.
Prisoner of War
Died/Killed in action Died 16/1/1993 at Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Home address Son of Lt Colonel Percy Edward Ricketts DSO MVO (1868-1940) and Lilian Caroline Morant (1873 - 1959). Educated Winchester and Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Married Joan Warre Close 1932, Farnham, Surrey. One son, one daughter.
Source table 70BG
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Again I am indebted to Mr Houterman's Website on British Officers for some additional career material on Captain Ricketts.