From Medal Recommendation:

“36921 T/Lieutenant-Colonel (War Substantive Major) Claud Andrew MONTAGU-DOUGLAS-SCOTT, 1st Bn IRISH GUARDS

24th Guards Brigade, 1st Division, 5th Corps

In the attacks carried out by this Brigade starting on 23 and 27 Apr 43 and ending in the attack and consolidation of the footing gained on DJ BOU AOUKAZ the performance put up by the 1st Bn Irish Guards was little short of stupendous.


It was only by sheer determination and a tremendous spirit within the Battalion that the ground gained was not lost on at least four occasions. The personal courage and coolness of the Commanding Officer was undoubtedly the main reason for the magnificent performance put up by the Battalion.


By sheer personality, by dint of making rapid appreciations and by controlling his Battalion in action for nearly three days without rest, he held the whole Battalion together and confounded the enemy.

Signed Brigadier Commanding 24 Guards Brigade



With indomitable courage and fortitude this officer commanded his battalion, which fought with gallantry which can seldom if ever be equalled. His coolness in action inspired all ranks. He refused to accept defeat and by sheer personality inspired his unit to victory against heavy odds.


Signed Lieutenant-GeneraL, Commander, 5 Corps”

Bar to DSO

From Medal Recommendation:

“24th Guards Brigade, 1st British Division, 6 American Corps

31921 War Substantive Major, Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel Claud Andrew MONTAGU-DOUGLAS-SCOTT, D.S.O., 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS

Lieutenant-Colonel C.A. MONTAGU-DOUGLAS-SCOTT commanded 1st Battalion IRISH GUARDS throughout its employment in the ANZIO Beach-head. The Battalion was in close contact with the enemy throughout the period 22nd January to 10th February 1944, and again 16th to 27th February, during which fighting it lost, killed, wounded and missing, 32 Officers and 714 Other Ranks.

It was common knowledge that the fighting quality and high morale of this IRISH GUARDS Battalion was almost entirely due to its Commanding Officer.

Lieutenant-Colonel SCOTT's powers of leadership and cheerful determination to overcome all difficulties were at all times remarkable, whilst his personal bravery, indifference to danger and inexhaustible energy became bywords both in his Battalion and throughout the Brigade.

In my opinion the utter confidence and personal devotion inspired by Lieutenant-Colonel SCOTT were responsible for the magnificent way in which the Battalion fought, whenever called upon and in spite of heavy casualties.

Signed A.F.L. CLIVE, Brigadier Commanding 24th Guards Brigade”

From IG Journal, 1972:


By Major P.L. MERCER, with acknowledgements to Brigadier D.M.L. GORDON-WATSON, OBE, MC

Colonel Andrew Montagu-Douglas-Scott died on 24 January, 1971, at the age of 64.  He is perhaps best remembered for all the friendship he gave, all the amusement and fun and his boundless gaiety and charm.

Undoubtedly the war years were the greatest years of his life.  Although by no means a fit man from the very severe diphtheria that he contracted in the thirties, it was not long before he was commanding a company in Norway, emerging unruffled from the disaster of the sinking of the Chobry.

In the years of training that followed, a second-in-command, his vigorous approach and energy greatly impressed everyone.

By the time the First Battalion sailed for North Africa, Colonel Scott was in command.  To command the Irish Guards, especially in battle, was something of which he was very proud: because, although from a great border family, his first love was always the Irish Guards, in which his father had served in South Africa as on of its first officers.

The Battalion saw action in North Africa in the terrible attack and defence of the Bou, where, though decimated, it emerged triumphant and victorious.  No Battalion, unless inspiringly led, could have achieved what this one did in this battle.

After the relaxations and training between North Africa and Italy the Battalion had its full share of the endless fighting, shelling, and discomfort of Anzio; and it made the utmost demands on the courage and endurance of all those who were there.  Colonel Scott was very rarely out of the line, and he sustained the Battalion in many desperate situations by his courage and example and utter determination.  That he survived was only by the will of God.

The Battalion again was terribly reduced, was withdrawn from Anzio and sailed for home.  Although Colonel Scott too was longing to go home, he followed his duty to command a Brigade in 4th Division, and finally to command 1st Guards Brigade in 6th Armoured Division.

At a later stage, he returned to become Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment.  For a subaltern on the reverse, who could so easily have spent the war in an office, this was no mean achievement.

As the years wen on after the war, Colonel Scott became more and more crippled and could do less and less.  However, he continued to enrich the lives of his family and friends by his courageous endurance, cheerfulness, hospitality, and humour.

Only a few weeks before he died he presented the Regiment with a Staffordshire pottery figure of Queen Victoria wearing the Sash of the Order of St. Patrick.  He was unable to get up the stairs, but was his usual cheerful self and wanting to know all about the Regiment.

He was never sorry for himself, never lost his zest for life, and kept to the full his wonderful gift of friendship.”

Click here to view 1Bn group photo, Italy, 1944

Quis Separabit

Source: TNA, The Times

Photos: IG Journal, 1972