Michael Dauncey

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Michael Dauncey
Born(1920-05-09)9 May 1920
United Kingdom
Died23 August 2017(2017-08-23) (aged 97)
Unknown place
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service1941 - 1985
RankBrigadier
Commands held126th Infantry Brigade
1st Battalion Cheshire Regiment
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsDistinguished Service Order

Brigadier Michael Donald Keen Dauncey, DSO, DL (9 May 1920 – 23 August 2017) was a British Army officer who participated in Operation Market Garden during the Second World War.[1]

Market Garden[edit]

On the first day of the operation, 17 September 1944, Dauncey flew a Horsa glider into Arnhem. Several days of fighting ensued, during which he sustained eye injuries. Despite being blinded in one eye, he fought on, but was taken prisoner. With another officer he escaped from a Dutch hospital on a rope of knotted sheets and hid in the Utrecht English Parsonage for four months. [2] He was later awarded the Distinguished Service Order for bravery shown during this battle.[3]

Later life[edit]

After a number of appointments he was made Colonel of the Cheshire Regiment in 1978.

In retirement he lived in Uley, Gloucestershire, with his wife Marjorie (née Neep).[4] He died on 23 August 2017 aged 97.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roll Call BRIGADIER MICHAEL D K DAUNCEY, DSO DL
  2. ^ "Biographical Notes of Brig Mike Dauncey". Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ Account of Operation Market garden
  4. ^ Mike Dauncey's 90th birthday celebrations
  5. ^ BRIGADIER MIKE DAUNCEY Obituary