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Scott, James Bruce (1892-1974)

Scott commanded 1 Burma Division when war broke out. He was an old friend of Slim, with whom he had served in a Gurhka battalion in the 1920s, and on at least one occasion the two engaged in a kind of code talk over an open radio circuit by speaking to each other in Gurkhalese and alluding to such things as the numbers of the bungalows they had lived in in India.  Bruce's division was trapped at Yenangyaung, but Scott managed to extricate most of the division, though it was almost finished as a fighting force. The division headquarters was again trapped near Monywa but fought its way out for evacuation across the Chindwin.

Promoted to the post of inspector of infantry for India, he served primarily in administrative posts for the remainder of the war.

Service record

1892     

Born
1935
Major     
Commander, 1/8 Gurkha Rifles
1939
Brigadier    
Commander, 1 Burma Brigade
1941
Major general     
Commander, 1 Burma Division
1942

Inspector of infantry, India
1942

Commander, 39 Indian Light Division
1943

Commander, Peshawar District, India
1947

Retires
1974

Dies

References

Allen (1984)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-1-18)

Lewin (1976)

Slim (1956)



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