Lt Col G L A Squire MC TD

Commanding Officer - The East Surrey Regiment

Lt Col G L A SquireCommanded 6th Bn The East Surrey Regiment from 1st May 1957 to 30th April 1960.

Graham Lyall Anson Squire was born on 22nd December 1914 and was educated at Allhallows School.. In 1934 he was appointed to the staff of the Corporation of London at Guildhall and joined the City Solicitor's Office. In January 1936 he was commissioned into the 6th Bn The East Surrey Regiment. TA. He served in that Battalion until the Territorial Army was doubled in 1939 when he joined the 2/6th Battalion. On 24th August 1939 the Battalion was embodied. He commanded the Training Company which consisted of the first intake of militiamen. Later having been away on a course he missed service in France in 1940 and rejoined the Battalion at Haltwhistle, Northumberland in July 1940. In September 1943 he was posted to Egypt and eventually joined the 1st Battalion in Italy in December 1943. He served with that Battalion until December 1945 when he left it in Vienna on demobilization.

He was wounded in 1944 and. Awarded the Military Cross in 1945. In March 1946 he rejoined the Corporation of London and was employed in the then amalgamated office of The Controller and City Solicitor until he retired in 1979. In May 1947 he joined the reconstituted 6th Battalion and served successively as company commander, 2 i/c and Commanding Officer. After completing his tour of command he retired on 30th April 1960.

The following year he was elected a councillor of Walton and Weybridge Urban District Council but did not seek re-election in 1964. On 15th January 1962 he married Phyllis Anne Gauge, nee Liley, the widow of Alexander Ralph Gauge (Actor). She died 0n 29th October 1984.

In 1985 he joined the team of volunteers at The Queen's Royal Surrey Regiment Museum at Clandon Park, Guildford where his main interest lay in the collection of photographs. Jointly with Major Peter Hill he wrote some booklets for the Museum recounting the exploits of the East Surrey Regiment in various WWII campaigns


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