Daniel Patrick Driscoll CMG DSO CdeG


Daniel Driscoll was born in Burma on 11th May 1862. He at first commanded the Driscoll Scouts and earned a name for fearlessness in the Boer War with his unit, and became a hero figure for such magazines as "Boys of our Empire" and was the subject of a novel by A.G. Hales. After a rough period, Roger Pocock, founder of the Legion, gave him a paid job and Driscoll rose to be Chief Executive Officer. Under his outstanding leadership the Legion thrived. Many of his ideas on managing fighting men were years ahead of his time. During World War One he commanded the 25th (Frontiersmen) Battalion in East Africa which was raised from January 1915 and sent into action without previous training as the men had already had service experience. After the War, the battalion was disbanded and Driscoll was appointed to the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) and a awarded the Croix de Guerre. He was married to Isabella and had 6 children. He purchased some land in East Africa where he eked out a living coffee farming in Kenya until his death on 6th Aug 1934.


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by Stephen Luscombe