BOOTH, Raymond Scott
20458, Legion of Frontiersmen, United Kingdom Division

BIOGRAPHICAL
Raymond Scott Booth was born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on 28 February 1898. He was educated at Keighley Boys Grammar School and was a student of Engineering. He served as a Cadet in Leeds University O.T.C., 1915-16. As a Cadet he was granted a commission as a Temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Machine Gun Corps on 25 February 1917. He entered the France/Flanders theatre of war on 19 May 1917. In 1919 he was advanced to Temporary Lieutenant and after being placed on the General List was transferred to the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment. After the war he transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers and was appointed Lieutenant, Duke of Wellingon’s Regiment, R.A.R.O., September 1921. In civilian life, he returned to Engineering after the war and was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1936. In the Army between the wars, he served in the Supplementary Reserve of Officers and Regular Army Reserve of Officers, in the D.W.R. and R.A.S.C., becoming a Captain in 1933. In 1936 he was transferred to be Captain in the R.A.S.C. (T.A.) and was advanced to Major in May 1938. Scott served in the Second World War. He was a Senior Inspector, Inspectorate of Supplementary Transport in August 1939. He transferred to the Royal Engineers as a Captain in August 1939 and at various times was a Temporary or Acting Lieutenant-Colonel. He was appointed a War Substantive Major on 13 June 1942. Of his service, his obituary states, ‘His unit was attached to the Royal Engineers working in connection with the extension of the Maginot Line in France. He was taken prisoner in Syria in 1941’. For his war service he was awarded four medals - the Commendation is not confirmed. After the war he transferred from the R.A.R.O. to a Short Service Commission in the Royal Engineers as a Major and served variously in Kenya, Ethiopia and Greece. For his long service in the Reserve he was awarded the Army Emergency Reserve Decoration with two clasps, this notified in the London Gazette of 3 November 1953. Whilst in Kenya he joined the Colonial Special Constabulary, and in 1963 was awarded the Long Service Medal (Kenya Gazette 29 January 1963). Scott was a long standing member of the Legion of Frontiersmen and was awarded two medals by that organisation. Latterly living in Keighley, he died on 19 September 1968


AWARDS
British War Medal
Victory Medal
1939-45 Star
Africa Star
Defence Medal
War Service Medal
Africa General Service Medal
Army Emergency Reserve Decoration with two clasps
Colonial Special Constabulary Faithful Service Medal

Legion Meritorious Service Medal
Legion Long Service & Efficiency Medal

NOTES
Born 28 February 1898 Keighley, West Yorkshire
Died 19 September 1968 Keighley, West Yorkshire
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