TREVOR, Kenneth Rowland Swetenham (Lt Col )
Lieutenant Colonel (later Brigadier)
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Wednesday, April 15, 1914
Monday, February 10, 2003
Officer Commanding No 1 Commando 1943 - 1945. Ken Trevor joined No 1 Commando in 1941. As Captain of 1 troop in 1942 he took part in a raid at St Cecily Plage and the later Operation Torch landings. He received a Mention in Despatches (MiD) in N. Africa. He took over command of No 1 Commando from his cousin Tom Trevor when the Commando sailed to India in 1943. During the campaign in Burma he was awarded the DSO for gallant and distinguished services. Post war in Korea he received a 2nd MiD, and an OBE for gallant and distinguished services during the war there. He received a 3rd MiD whilst commanding the Cheshire Regiment in Malaya in 1958. Ken Trevor retired from military service as a Brigadier in 1966. After his death in 2003 a Memorial Service was held on Sunday 14th September at Chester Cathedral. Brigadier Ken Trevor was President of the Commando Association during the periods 1965/6, 1985/6 and 1989/90. Henry Brown OBE, Secretary of the Commando Association wrote this tribute in their Newsletter 116. "The Brigadier, a greatly esteemed officer and very fair disciplinarian, took over command of No.l Commando in 1943 from his cousin, Lieut. Colonel Tom Trevor, O.B.E., and will long be remembered for his constant caring thought and understanding during No.1 Commando's time in India, and especially later in 1944/45 during fierce action against enemy forces in the Burmese campaign, particlarly during the battle of Hill 170 at Kangaw after which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Association members will be aware of the Brigadier's very keen interest in our affairs and activities, especially during his three terms as our President, and will agree that in the passing of Ken Trevor, as he was affectionately known, the Association has lost one of its most important stalwart supporters."
Sources:MiD (North Africa) : LG Publication date: 21 September 1943; Supplement: 36180; Page: 4226 DSO (Burma): LG Publication date: 17 April 1945; Supplement: 37040: Page: 2079 MiD (Korea): LG Publication date 30 June 1951, Supplement 39328: Page 4715 OBE (Military Divn) (Korea): LG Publication date: 29 April 1952; Supplement 39528; Page 2307 MiD (Malaya 1958): LG Publication date: 24 April 1959; Supplement: 41692: Page: 2764 CBE: LG Publication date: 5 June 1964; Supplement: 43343; Page: 4942
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