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    St Valery

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    One for you,this is from the Great War site.
    Victor Fortune any information?
    Was he a hero?
    This is from a relative.
    ""Some think he was not, but I and many others do!
    Victor Fortune, 55 Div at St Valery etc. 1st cousin of my mother- met him once but too small to remember. He had sons in the regiment too, but I have not met them. One grandson acted in the play The Black Watch"

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    Re: St Valery

    Officers of the BW 1725 - 1986 ( samson edition

    page 49 covers Fortune , Sir Victor Morven CB, DSO commissioned 2Lt 19 Dec 1900 , Lt 1906, Capt 1914 Adj Dec 1914, Bt Major 1915, Bde Major 1915, T lt Col commanding 1st Bn 1916 - 1918 , T Brig Gen 1918, Bt Lt Col 1919 , GSO2 1921, Major 1932 , to Seaforth Hdrs as Lt Col 1927, Col 1930, GOS1 5th Div 1930, Brig Commanding 5th Inf Bde 1932, ADC to King 1934, Major Gen 1935, France 1939-1940 until overun by Germans at St valery Jun 1940, received KBE for services as a POW in German Hands, Chairman of Appeals Committee , The BW War Memorial fund for War 1939- 1945, Hon Col 4th Bn Seaforth Hdrs 1945, DL for Perthshire 1947 died at Dalswinton Dumfries shire 2 Jan 1949

    Fortune John Bruce Forrester MC son of above , retired 1971

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    Re: St Valery

    He was as you know Commander 51st ( H)Div :

    Have a look at the book " The 51st Highland Div (WW2 ) by my 2nd cousin formerly WW1 BW officer , J B Salmond and there are two Fortune entries in the index :

    Page 64 mentions Lt GB Fortune a son of General Victor's and he was wounded ( no mention of him in the Officers of the BW books so was he in another regiment ??

    Other entries in the index on the General Fortune .........

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    Re: St Valery

    My uncle was captured there and spent the next five years in a POW camp in Poland

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick anderson View Post
    He was as you know Commander 51st ( H)Div :

    Have a look at the book " The 51st Highland Div (WW2 ) by my 2nd cousin formerly WW1 BW officer , J B Salmond and there are two Fortune entries in the index :

    Page 64 mentions Lt GB Fortune a son of General Victor's and he was wounded ( no mention of him in the Officers of the BW books so was he in another regiment ??.
    That would be 'J.B.' not "GB"- as in "Fortune John Bruce Forrester MC son of above , retired 1971" quoted in the post above, who was wounded in Libya at 'Edinburgh Castle' on the road to Tripoli, just past Homs.

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