Hi Guys, I have some very sad news. A good friend of mine passed away on Tuesday after a short illness. His name was Laurence "Solly" Scott GM. He was 90 years old.
He first joined up in 1940 joining 8th Battl The Dorset Regt. Solly served with the XXI Indep Para Coy. He joined the Company in August 1942 after failing to become a Glider Pilot. He served in North Africa, Italy, Arnhem, Norway and Palestine.
At Arnhem Solly was a Eureka Beacon operator and Bren gunner. After wearing out every Bren gun barrel available, he took to using a No.4 rifle. When .303 ammo became scarce, he picked up a German K98, which he used to good effect. He even took this rifle back over the Rhine with him. He rose to the rank of Corporal.
After the war he become a Police Officer with the Met joining in September 1946 and in the 1960's won the high award for Bravery, the George Medal, when he disarmed an armed convict. He was decorated by the Queen. When he later got a desk job he kept the Medal in the desk drawer. If anyone wanted to see the medal, he would shake a childrens charity collection tin in front of them before the medal was taken out. Much to a senior Officer's horror, during a tour of inspection, he did this to the Chief Constable of the Met. The Chief had no money, so had to borrow some from a Superintendent before he got to see it! On another occasion a birthday card was sent around the Office for people to sign: Solly wrote a very rude remark in it as a joke, only later to find it was going to the Chief!
I had the priviledge to know Solly for ten years. He had a very dry sense of humour and always made me laugh. One day he was listening to me do a talk about British Airborne kit at one of the reunions. Afterwards he came over and said "You would make a good con man!" I replied coming from an ex CID officer, I would take that as a compliment!
RIP Solly. You will be greatly missed.