Tales of a Dis-orderly Officer

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This is from page 22 of the document.
The GOC Commanding the Division was Major-General Gwilyn Ivor Thomas. His father had been Master of The Queens Music to Queen Victoria. He was, as Lieutenant-General Sir Brian Horrocks described him, “a difficult man”! We, who served under him, thought that he had the charm of a striking rattle snake!
Nevertheless, we owe him a great debt of gratitude. He was a superb trainer and a fine tactician. He prepared us well for war and led us magnificently throughout the campaign. We were grateful for his leadership - but, I guess, few of us wished to meet him on a social occasion.
In the light of hindsight - and with my own advancing years - I judge General Thomas to have been a lonely and, perhaps, an unhappy man.
As a final farewell I would say to Sir G. Ivor Thomas, KCB. DSO, MC - as he subsequently became - “Rest well, old warrior. Thank you for your skills - and greater personal happiness to you the next time around”.
(photo) His normal face. During the year I spent under his command – I only saw him smile once – It was a horrific experience !
I, and others, think he was almost a facial double of Adolf Hitler !
My posting of this is that the photo shows a positive likeness to a certain PM Thomas. The personal description also matches. Anyone know if Squeaky Jack was a son maybe?
 

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