Lieut.-Colonel Conrad Vaisey Wathen COURT, M.C.
Commanded the 11th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from July 1940 to May 1941
 
Conrad Vaisey Wathen Court was born in South Africa and was serving in the 3rd Infantry, which his father commanded, when war broke out in 1914.

On 13th March 1915, he was commissioned into The Worcestershire Regiment, and served with the 1st Battalion in France.

He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917, for gallantry as Brigade Signal Officer, 24th Infantry Brigade, and gained a bar to his M.C. in 1918, on the Somme, still as Brigade Signalling Officer. During World War 1 he was wounded no fewer than 8 times.

After the war he was seconded to the Royal West African Frontier Force from 1924 to 1926, served with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment on the Rhine in 1927 and 1928, at Plymouth in 1929 and 1930, and at The Depot in 1931 and 1932.

From 1933 to 1939 he again served with the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, in China and at Sialkot, India.

In 1940, soon after the outbreak of the Second World War, he raised, at Hereford, and was the first Commanding Officer of the 11th Battalion of The Regiment, which Battalion (at Harrow in 1943) was redesignated and became the 1st Battalion (after the 1st Battalion had been captured at Tobruk).

He retired from the Army on 6th October 1946, after 32 years service with The Regiment.
 


Lieut.-Col. C. V. W. Court
(known as "Bill")
  

In 1952 he was re-employed in the Army as Staff Captain, A Mid West District of Home Guard.

After his wife's death he moved to South Africa. Two years later, Lieut.-Colonel Court died on the 21st July 1916 at Umkomaas, Natal, South Africa, after suffering poor health for a number of months.
 


 

 

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