The Stories of the Soldiers
The Military Galleries Introductory Case- Abington Park Museum
History Curator at Northampton Museums and Art Gallery
Over the next few months we will be revealing the stories of the soldiers in our new Military Galleries Introductory Case at Abington Park Museum. Each month will highlight a different soldier on our blog. After reading about the individuals who served in the Northamptonshire Regiment and Northamptonshire Yeomanry, visit the case at Abington Park Museum to see their medals in person.
Lieutenant Colonel Lord George Scott
The Northamptonshire Yeomanry, The 1st and 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry
8th July 1911 – 8th June 1999
Image Courtesy of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association Benevolent Fund
1939 – 1945 Star – awarded for service during the Second World War.
France and Germany Star 1944 – 1945– awarded for service in North West Europe during 1944 – 1945.
Defence Medal 1939 – 1945 – awarded for service during the Second World War.
War Medal (MID) 1939 – 1945 – awarded for a minimum of 28 days service during the Second World War with Oakleaf emblem for those mentioned in dispatches.
1935 Jubilee Medal – awarded to commemorate the 25th year of the reign of George V.
Coronation Medal 1953 – awarded to commemorate the Coronation of Elizabeth II in 1953.
Netherlands Bronze Cross – awarded for gallantry during service in the Netherlands.
Lord George Scott (Lord George Francis John Montagu Douglas Scott), son of the 7th Duke of Buccleuch was the Commanding Officer of the 2nd Northamptonshire Yeomanry in 1944 and the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry in 1945 – 1946 and 1947 – 1951.
George led the Northamptonshire Yeomanry in the Rhine Crossings, a series of combined attacks by Allied forces against Nazi Germany at the closing stages of the Second World War. One of the attacks that he instructed was ‘Operation Plunder’ which involved operating the Buffaloes – armoured amphibious vehicles to carry troops and equipment across the River Rhine whilst under enemy fire.
Following the war, the Northamptonshire Yeomanry were disbanded in October 1946 and George returned to his Manor House at Weekley, part of the Boughton Estate. Here he planted a yew tree shaped into the White Horse of Hanover- the emblem of the Northamptonshire Yeomanry’s cap badge. The tree can still be seen today.
In 1947 George re-formed the 1st Northamptonshire Yeomanry as a Territorial Army regiment. He resigned in May 1951 but continued to be involved with the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association.