GILCHRIST, Donald Johnston

Rank: 
Captain
Regiment/Corps: 
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
Service: 
Army
Service number: 
90629
Honours & Medals: 
Born: 
Friday, October 2, 1914
Died: 
Monday, October 8, 2001
Donald Gilchrist was serving as a Captain in the Cameronians when he volunteered for the Commandos. After acceptance he went to Achnacarry in February/March 1942 and successfully completed his Officer Training after which he was retained there as an Instructor. Achnacarry had just opened as the new Commando Depot, later renamed the Commando Basic Training Centre, and staff were needed to assist with the initial intakes. 
 
Later after joining No 4 Commando, he took part in both the Dieppe and Normandy landings serving as a Captain, and later Adjutant. He was second in command of the unit in Germany when he was demobilised.
 
Post war he continued his service with the Territorials and on the 22nd August 1952 was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Decoration.
(Source: London Gazettes Publication date: 19 September 1952; Supplement: 39628; Page: 4474.)
 
Author in 1960 of the renowned book Castle Commando, Donald Gilchrist maintained links with his No 4 Commando comrades through the Commando Association. He was an active member of the Central Ayrshire branch, taking part in many of their annual pilgrimages to France. In September 1974 he  was presented with L'Ordre Chevalier de L'Ordre Merite by the French Consul General, Monsieur Jean-Claude Richard, in Edinburgh. This award was created by General De Gaulle.  Major Gilchrist's  death was announced in Commando Association newsletter 114 of March 2002.