HOPSON, Donald Charles

Lancashire Fusilers, Royal Armoured Corps
Service number: 
Tuesday, August 31, 1915
Died : 
Monday, August 26, 1974
Donald Hopson was commissioned into the Lancashire Fusiliers which later converted to an armoured unit of the Royal Armoured Corps. He served in No 3 Commando and 1 Commando Brigade in both Italy and NW Europe . His last rank whilst in the Commando was T/Major.
Post war he had a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service. He held posts of Ambassador to countries such as Laos, China, Venezuela, and Argentina. He was subsequently knighted.
We have photos of him in both our galleries for No 3 Cdo and 1 Cdo. Bde. His death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 59 of September 1974. 
Some sources of his awards that are listed above :
  • Distinguished Service Order  [Source: LG Publication date: Oct 1945; Supplement :37306; Page: 4998]
  • Military Cross for gallant and distinguished services in NW Europe [Source: LG Publication date: 27 February 1945;  Supplement: 36961; Page: 1173]
  • Mentioned in Despatches for gallant and distinguished services in Italy [Source: LG Publication date: 22 August 1944;  Supplement: 36668; Page: 3927]
  • Territorial Efficiency Decoration [Source: LG Publication date: 21 April 1950;  Supplement: 38889; Page: 1929]
  • Appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George [Source: LG Publication date: 29 December 1967;  Supplement: 44484; Page: 4]

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