Jacket, Service Dress: Officer’s, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Khaki Service Dress Jacket - Cameronians
Single-breasted open-collared jacket of khaki barethea fabric, having a cut-away front & gauntlet cuffs. The breat pockets are pleated and all buttons are of black regimental pattern. The collar badges are absent as are the rank badges, but were once evidently fitted.
Telegraph Obituary, May 2008:
Major David Liddell, who has died aged 91, was awarded an immediate MC in Italy while serving with 12th Battalion the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).
On December 23 1943 Liddell was in command of a company detached as reinforcements to 5th Battalion the Essex Regiment which was ordered to capture the village of Villa Grande, near Termoli on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Patrols had reported that the position was held in strength by the formidable German 1st Parachute Division.
Liddell's company attacked at first light. His men gained a foothold in the village, but the platoons became separated by 100 yards of bullet-swept ground. The leading platoon had suffered severe casualties, and when Liddell came up with reinforcements they were pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire.
Liddell charged the machine-gun post single-handed, knocked it out with hand grenades and enabled his men to continue the advance. During the engagement his batman was killed beside him and he himself was wounded in the eye. He continued, nevertheless, until he had linked up with the isolated platoon.
Wearing gym shoes in order not to be overheard by the Germans in the next building, Liddell reported to his CO and refused to be evacuated until his men were in good defensive positions and had been fed.
David Oswald Liddell was born on January 9 1917 at Hankow, China, where his father worked for the family merchanting business. After moving to Shanghai, he travelled to his first school with Margot Fonteyn and Mary Hayley Bell (later to become the wife of the actor John Mills).
The young David learnt to play the violin, and aged eight had passed his Royal Academy of Music elementary exams. He returned to England and preparatory school at St Andrews, Eastbourne, where he excelled at sport and captained the cricket eleven. At Harrow, he enjoyed boxing and led the school orchestra.
On leaving school Liddell attended the Pitman Business School before starting work with Saffrey, a firm of chartered accountants, and helped with the audit of The Daily Telegraph. In 1937 he joined Chandler Hargreaves Whittall & Co, Lloyds brokers, and enlisted in the Honourable Artillery Company.
On the outbreak of war Liddell transferred to the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles). While training at the depot on Hamilton racecourse he assisted in the detention of Hitler's deputy, Rudolf Hess, who had landed nearby. Hess was sent to the Tower of London where David's brother, Ian, serving in the Coldstream Guards, received him. (Captain Ian Liddell was awarded a VC in Germany in April 1945.)
Liddell was posted to the 12th Battalion at Lossiemouth in 1940 and to the Faroe Islands the following year. In autumn 1942 his battalion was ordered to reinforce the Eighth Army fighting its way up Italy. After an eventful voyage, during which their convoy was attacked by German torpedo planes, they landed at Taranto.
Following the action in which he won his MC, Liddell was sent to hospital; but when he returned to his battalion a week later he found that it had managed to advance only a few houses up the village and had sustained such heavy losses that only five officers and 27 men were left.
In January 1944, on his 27th birthday, he was sheltering in a cow shed which received a direct hit by a shell. Three of his comrades were killed and he was severely wounded.
After three months in hospital he returned to England and spent many months receiving further treatment. On one occasion, after an anaesthetic, he walked home in his dressing gown before completely coming round.
After the war Liddell rejoined Chandler Hargreaves & Whittall and later became a member of Lloyd's and a partner in the firm. In the early 1960s he was appointed chairman and managing director and oversaw the amalgamation with Harrisons & Crosfield. The legacy of war wounds forced his early retirement from the City in 1967.
In 1968 Liddell inherited the Shirenewton estate in Monmouthshire from his father and embarked upon a new career as a farmer and breeder of Friesian cattle.
He won many national championships and prizes, notably the Supreme Champion at the London Dairy Show. During this time he and his wife developed their passion for salmon and trout fishing, which was eventually to lead to their moving from their home at Beaconsfield to Scotland.
Twelve happy years in the Highlands came to an end in the early 1990s with the heavy losses at Lloyd's. The house in Scotland was sold and Liddell moved to Corfe Castle, Dorset, to be nearer his family.
David Liddell died on March 20. He married, in 1942, Joan Russell, who represented England at squash. She died in 2004.
JAMES PATERSON & SON
83 AND 106, ALMADA ST. HAMILTON
5TH APRIL, 1940.