Distinguished Service Order 1945 to Inns of Court Regiment, 11th Armoured Division
Awarded to Captain (temporary Major) Hilary Somerville Scott, Inns of Court, Royal Tank Regiment, Royal Armoured Corps.
London Gazette 29th March, 1945. Recommendation from WO 373/53 gives : "This offr has commanded his Sqd in this theatre of war from the day it landed in the Bridgehead until the present time, and during the whole of this period the Regt has been in action with only one break of four days.
Major Scott has at all times shown the greatest skill, courage and devotion to duty. During the whole of the Div's advance from VASSY to ANTWERP and in the subsequent operations in EASTERN BELGIUM and HOLLAND he has constantly been up with his leading tps encouraging them and pressing the adv with complete disregard for his own personal safety.
Wherever the situation has been most dangerous Major Scott was always to be found, and his coolness under enemy fire and agressive spirit have set a magnificent example to his Sqn and maintained their morale at an exceptionally high level. Moreover his determination and outstanding powers of leadership, combined with a fine tactical sense, have resulted in the consistent production of invaluable infm about the enemy, and have thus on many occassions been responsible for the maintenance of the Div's advance at the greatest possible speed". dated 31 Oct 44.
With original case of issue, by Garrard & Co, Cross is GVF, officially dated 1945 on the reverse bar and with original signed notification of award, dated 15th March 1945 and signed by the AA & QMG of the 11th Armoured Division.
Only (2) D.S.O.'s awarded to the Regiment for WW2, They comprised one squadron of armoured cars being the reconnaissance in the vanguard of the division,