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Thomas Scott (British Army officer)

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Name  Thomas Scott
Role  British Army officer
Died  1976

Education  Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

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


Early life

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

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.

During the Second World War, Scott was OC 1st Royal Irish Fusiliers during the early part of their campaign in Tunisia from November 1942 to March 1943, before taking over as OC of 2nd London Irish Rifles for a short period until June 1943. From July 1943 to November 1943, he was Brigadier of 12 British Infantry Brigade in 4th Infantry Division before he was appointed as Brigadier of 128 British Infantry Brigade in 46th Infantry Division until breaking his ankle in January 1944. He later commanded the 38th 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:

  • Colonel of the Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria’s), 1960 to 1968
  • Deputy Colonel of the Royal Irish Rangers, 1968 to 1971
  • High Sheriff of Tyrone, 1966
  • Lord Lieutenant of County Fermanagh, 1971 to 1976.
  • 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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