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Menzies, Stuart Graham

Date of birth:
January 30th, 1890 (London, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
May 29th, 1968 (London, United Kingdom)
Buried on:
St. Mary Churchyard
Service number:
6305
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

8th June 1910: Second Lieutenant (on probation)
18th December 1915: GSO 3rd class
1st January 1917: Brevet Major
18th November 1922: Major

Chief of Secret Intelligence Service (1939-1952). Major-General. Raakte gewond in 1915.

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Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
1st Life Guards, 4th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
December 1st, 1914
"Showed the greatest coolness during the attack on German position led by Major the Honourable A. F. Stanley, 1st Life Guards, on the 7th November, in support of the right flank of the 4th Guards Brigade, and again on the evening of that day"
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Lieutenant
Unit:
2nd Life Guards, 4th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
February 17th, 1915
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
2nd Life Guards, 4th Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, British Army
Awarded on:
July 3rd, 1915
"Near Ypres, on 13th May, 1915, after his Commanding Officer had been wounded, displayed conspicuous ability, coolness and resource in controlling the action of his regiment and rallying the men."
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Awarded on:
November 13th, 1916
Mentioned in Despatches
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Captain
Awarded on:
February 14th, 1917
Ridder in de Kroonorde
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Brevet Major
Awarded on:
June 2nd, 1917
Chevalier de l' Ordre National de la Legion d'Honneur
Period:
First World War (1914-1918)
Rank:
Brevet Major
Awarded on:
March 11th, 1918
Croix de Guerre 1914–1918
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Major-General
Unit:
Chief, Secret Intelligence Service (SIS/MI6), Directorate of Military Intelligence (DMI), War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
January 28th, 1949
"Major General Sir Stewart Menzies, K.C.M.G., C.B., D.S.O., British Army, displayed exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of duties of great responsibility and of the highest operational importance from the early stage of the war until final victory over Germany and Japan. Entrusted with critical tasks, he discharged them in a manner which reflected extraordinary credit upon himself and upon his nation. His ready spirit of cooperation in his constant dealings with American leaders, coupled with rare qualities of foresight and initiative, was of direct and substantial benefit to the United States Army and constituted an outstanding contribution to Allied Victory."
Legion of Merit - Commander (LoM - C)

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