William Welchman Harston

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Major William Welchman “Bill” Harston
Life dates
02 Apr 1899 - 23 Dec 1970
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Postings
Unit or location Role Posted from until
The Transport Office Motor Transport Officer 1940 1941
Devon Intelligence Officer 08 Nov 1943 03 Dec 1944
Suffolk Intelligence Officer 12 Dec 1940 02 Apr 1941
Essex Intelligence Officer 12 Dec 1940 31 Dec 1940
South Wales Intelligence Officer 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Ashburton, Devon Intelligence Officer 08 Nov 1943 03 Dec 1944
Monmouthshire Intelligence Officer 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Herefordshire Intelligence Officer 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Worcestershire Intelligence Officer 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Cornwall Intelligence Officer 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Somerset Intelligence Officer 27 Sep 1944 03 Dec 1944
Education

Sherborne School 1913-17

National ID
EKPL 16/1
Regiment
The Dorsetshire Regiment
Military number
49250
Commissioned or Enlisted
21 Aug 1918
Occupation

Headmaster

Career

28 Sep 1917 Entered Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

19 Aug 1918 Completed Royal Military Academy course.

11 Sep 1918 Commissioned into the Dorset Regiment.

13 May 1919 Part of the North Russian Relief Force. Volunteers from the Dorset Regiment were formed into ‘Y’ Company 2nd Battallion Hampshire Regiment and served at Kurgomen in block houses.

21 Feb 1920 Promoted Lieutenant

25 Feb 1922 Relinquished rank [joining the Regular Army Reserve of Officers (Class II)].

Unknown date of re-enlistment.

Sept – Nov 1940 Infantry Training Centre Dorset Regiment as Lieutenant.

Unknown promoted to Captain.

12 Dec 1940 Appointed Intelligence Officer in East Anglia having taken over from Captain Croft. 

Mar 1941 Appointed Motor Transport Officer at GHQ Coleshill.

1940 - 1943 Unarmed combat instructor at GHQ Coleshill (page 79 of ‘Last Ditch’).

12 Jun 1942 Promoted War Substantive Captain and Temporary Major.

8 Nov 1943 Appointed Intelligence Officer for Devon. 

Apr 1944 Relinquished rank of Temporary Major.

14 Oct 1944 until stand down appointed Intelligence Officer number area 4 (Devon to Wales)

22 Apr 1949 Relinquished his commission due to age and is given the Hononary Rank of Major.

  
 

Other information

5 Apr 1929 He married Janet L Bond in Hampstead, Middlesex and they had Elizabeth P B in 1930 in Stafford and Janet G in 1933 in Uckfield Sussex.

In 1939 he is the Headmaster at the Aldwick Grange Preparatory School, near Crowborough, Uckfield, Sussex.

On 1 Oct 1943 the Western Moring News is running a wanted advert for accommodation in Devon for Major Harston and his family moving from Highworth from November onwards.

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Caption & credit
WW1 Medal Card (from TNA)
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Harston at Sandhurst
References

Part II Orders No.39

British Army Officers

London Gazette

The National Archives WO199