Pat Scott CB CBE DSO*

Major General Pat Scott

Major General T P D Scott CB CBE DSO*

Thomas Patrick David Scott was born in the Punjab in 1905, the son of an Indian Army officer, Lieutenant General Sir Thomas Scott. Lt Pat ScottPat Scott was commissioned into The Royal Irish Fusiliers in August 1924. He served with the Regiment in Egypt, India and the Sudan as well as being adjutant at the Regimental Depot in Omagh. When war broke out in September 1939 he was a student at the Staff College, Camberley.

On the outbreak of war all Staff College students were sent to their regimental depots. After a spell at Ballykinlar, Pat Scott became Brigade Major of 147 Brigade which was sent to occupy Iceland. Returning to the UK he established an officers’ school in Wales and commanded a battle school in County Down before assuming command of the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Fusiliers in August 1942. The Battalion was then an infantry battalion in 38 (Irish) Brigade in the 6th Armoured Division.

Pat Scott commanded his battalion with distinction in the Tunisian campaign before transferring to command the 2nd Battalion The London Irish Rifles in March 1943, also in the Irish Brigade. By then the Brigade was part of the 78th Infantry Division, also known as ‘The Battleaxe Division’.

Described as ‘a man of patriarchal independence’ Pat Scott was promoted to command 12 Brigade and then 128 (Hampshire) Brigade. In March 1944 he succeeded Nelson Russell as commander of 38 (Irish) Brigade. Brigadier Scott continued to command the Irish Brigade throughout the Italian campaign. He was regarded as one of the finest brigade commanders in Italy and his inspiring leadership took his brigade through the major battle to break into the Liri valley at Cassino in May 1944, the battles at Lake Trasimeno in June, the winter battles in the Apennine mountains and a spell of trench warfare along the Senio river in early 1945.

In April 1945 Scott’s Irish Brigade led Eighth Army’s advance through the ‘Argenta Gap’, an operation that led to the final collapse of German forces in Italy.

Immediately after the war the Irish Brigade moved into Austria where Scott had to resolve boundary disputes with the Red Army and deal with the surrender of German, Cossack and Croat forces.

In 1950 Pat Scott again succeeded Nelson Russell this time as commander of 107 (Ulster) Independent Infantry Brigade Group (TA). Promoted to Major General he served in the Middle East, Pakistan, where he was the Commander Training Advisory Staff from June 1954, and as GOC North-West District in the United Kingdom.

Pat Scott succeeded Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer as Colonel of The Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1960. His father had held the same distinction and it is through their association with the Wilde's Rifles that the 9th Battalion (Wilde's) The Frontier Regiment is today an inherited affiliation for The Royal Irish Regiment. In 1968 The Royal Irish Fusiliers amalgamated with The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and The Royal Ulster Rifles to form The Royal Irish Rangers and General Scott became a Deputy Colonel of the new regiment.

He died on 30 July 1976.

Please click on the Attachment below to read a tribute written by the late Colonel John Coldwell-Horsfall DSO MC*