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Brownlie, William Steel

Date of birth:
October 12th, 1923
Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


Cadet ? [14403657]
2nd Lt. 30.01.1944 [308074]
WS/Lt. 30.07.1944
A/Capt. ?
T/Capt. 14.12.1944
Lt. TA 22.10.1950, seniority 12.10.1946
Capt. TA 01.08.1952
A/Maj. TA 30.06.1954
Maj. TA 12.10.1957, seniority 30.06.1954
Lt.Col. TA 20.05.1966
Lt.Col. TAVR 01.04.1967, seniority 20.05.1966 (retd 01.04.1969)
Bt. Col. TAVR (retd) 01.04.1969

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Second World War (1939-1945)
Acting Captain
2nd Battalion Fife and Forfar Yeomanry, 29th Armoured Brigade, 11th Armoured Division, British Army
Awarded on:
March 1st, 1945
Awarded for:
Operation Bluecoat
"On 3rd August Lieut. Brownlie was leading the Troop which first arrived on the road running East from VIRE. When a Troop was required to remain behind during the night to harrass the road he volunteered for this task knowing that enemy were all around, whilst the remainder of the Sqn withdrew. The following day his Troop was in reserve to the Sqn when a counter-attack in force was put in by enemy tanks and infantry. Our leading Troop was largely knocked out. Lieut. Brownlie brought his Troop up into action immediately and was directly responsible in breaking up the attack in this area destroying 5 enemy tanks and S.P. guns, killing a large number of inf. Throughout he displayed the greatest initiative and determination and no thought for personal safety. His prompt action was directly responsible for the successful breaking up of the enemy counter-attack."
Military Cross (MC)
Ayreshire Yeomany
Awarded on:
January 18th, 1963
Efficiency Medal / Territorial Decoration