MILNE, Alan John Mitchell

Lieutenant (later Honorary Captain)
Royal Artillery
Service number: 
Sunday, April 30, 1922
Died : 
Sunday, May 24, 1998
Lieutenant Alan John Mitchell Milne
Lieutenant Alan Milne served in No. 3 Commando, and on the staff of the Commando Basic Training Centre at Achnacarry.  He was blinded in the River Aller crossing, Germany, April 1945 [1].

Born at Marlow in 1922 and educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, and Uppingham. He enlisted in the Army immediately on leaving school in 1939 and served first in the Royal Artillery and then in the Commandos. It was when leading a bridgehead commando in Germany in the spring of 1945 that he was hit by a sniper's bullet which blinded him [2].

8 January 1946 relinquished his commission on account of disability granted honorary rank of Captain [3].

After receiving training for the blind at St Dunstan's, he became a student in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics. He completed the undergraduate course in 1949 and went on to research for a PhD, which he gained in 1952. Lecturer, Queen's University, Belfast 1956- 65, Reader 1965-73, Professor of Social Philosophy 1973-75; Professor of Political Theory and Institutions, Durham University 1975-87 [2].

[1] Commando Association newsletters 59 and 107 /  CVA Gallery Training image of Instructors 1944.
[2] Obituary in The Independent newspaper 9th June 1998 author D.D. Raphael.
[3] London Gazette 37422, page 343.

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