GOURLAY, Basil Ian Spencer

Title: 
Sir
Rank: 
General
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Basil ian spencer Gourlay
Acting Captain Basil Gourlay was awarded the Military Cross whilst serving with 43RM Commando in WW2. 
 
Post war he served in 45 Commando Royal Marines 1945-1948, Brigade Major 3 Commando Bde Royal Marines 1955-1957; OC 42 Commando Royal Marines 1963-1965, ultimately being appointed Commandant General Royal Marines from 1971-75 after which he retired.
 
  • M.C. (A/Captain 43RM Commando) for gallantry, zeal and skill during the attack on Sarande and the seizure of the Island of Solta. [1 +2]
  • O.B.E. (Military Division) (Major, 3 Commando Bde. RM) in recognition of distinguished services in the Operations in the Near East, October to December, 1956 [3]
  • MiD (Major, 3 Commando Bde. RM) for distinguished services in operations against terrorists in Cyprus [4].
  • K.C.B. (Military Division) (Lieutenant General) 2nd June 1973 [5].
  • C.V.O. ( 1990 New Years Honours ) [6].
Sources
[1] London Gazette Supp.37013, page 1791.
[2] Navy Lists, October 1944 Volume 2 Page 1103/4 (pages 259/260 on N.L.S. website page list)
[3] London Gazette Supp. 41092, page 3416.
[4]  London Gazette Supp. 40987, page 654.
[5] London Gazettes Supp. 45984, page 6474.
[6] London Gazette Supp. 51981, page 4.
[Image] CVA Gallery image (cropped) from Jeff Gordon.
[Obituary] Navy News published on Nov 1, 2013.
 

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