POUNDS, Edgar George Derek

Known as: 
Derek
Rank: 
Major General
Unit/Base: 
'41 Independent Commando RM'
'45 Commando RM'
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Born: 
Friday, October 13, 1922
Died : 
Thursday, November 7, 2002
Edgar George Derek Pounds
Edgar George Derek Pounds enlisted with the Royal Marines in 1940 and was awarded the King’s Badge as the outstanding recruit of 384 Squad. To date he is the only King’s Badgeman to have reached General rank [1].
  • 21 August 1942 (Lance Corporal) commissioned Second Lieutenant [1a].   
  • 1945 (Lieutenant) serving on the staff at the Commando Basic Training Centre [2][2a]. 
  • Captain Edgar Pounds, 41 Independent Commando RM, was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat 'V' decoration bestowed by the President of the United States of America, for gallant and distinguished services during operations in the Korean War [3]. 
  • 29 January 1957 (Captain) (45Commando RM) notification of a Mention in Despatches for distinguished service in operations against terrorists in Cyprus [4].  
  • 4 July 1967 (Major) promoted Lieutenant Colonel [5].
  • 13 December 1970 promoted Acting Colonel [6].
  • 1 October 1973 (Colonel)  promoted Acting Major General and to be promoted Major General 19 February 1974 [7].
  • 14 June 1975 (Major General) appointed C.B. (Military Division) [8]. 
  • 1 June 1976 placed on Retired List [9].
Sources
[1] 100 years of the King's Badge, author Major Rick Hall RM.
[1a] London Gazette 35728, page 4285.
[2] Commando Association newsletter 56 issued March 1973.
[2a] CVA Gallery image of Instructors.
[3] London Gazette 40253 page 4684.
[4] London Gazette 40987 page 654.
[5] London Gazette 44357, page 7380.
[6] London Gazette 45251, page 13662.
[7] London Gazette 46091, page 11666.
[8] London Gazette 46593, page 7370.
[9] London Gazette 46909, page 7438.
 

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