George Hew Fanshawe


George Hew Fanshawe was the son of Lieut-Gen Sir Hew Dalrymple Fanshawe KCB KCMG and grandson, on his mother's side, of Field Marshal Sir Evelyn Wood. His elder brother was E D Fanshawe CBE DL who commanded the Queen's Bays from 1934 to 39. George served in the Queens Bays himself and as a skilled horseman he excelled at polo, being part of the team that won the inter-regimental polo tournament in 1931, for the first time. He also won a medal at the Royal Tournament at Olympia for skill-at-arms in 1932. The picture of him in mounted service dress was taken in 1936, in a group of regimental medal winners.

He took over command of the Queen's Bays on 2 Nov 1939 and took the regiment to France in May 1940. But on 31 May he was injured in a motor accident and had to be evacuated to England. The regiment returned to the UK in the summer of 1940 and on 7 Oct that year George's position of CO was handed over to Lt-Col Draffen. He attained the rank of Brigadier and was invested as CBE. He was married and had at least one son, Peter Douglas Fanshawe who was born c1931.


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by Stephen Luscombe