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Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer

(1900-1973), Brigadier

Sitter in 5 portraits

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Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170602

Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 15 November 1960
NPG x170602

Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer, by Bassano Ltd - NPG x170603

Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 15 November 1960
NPG x170603

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Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 15 November 1960
NPG x170601

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Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 15 November 1960
NPG x170604

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Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer

by Bassano Ltd
half-plate film negative, 15 November 1960
NPG x170605

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Luke Ward

06 August 2020, 22:37

Eric Hugh Trelawny Gayer was born in 1900, the son of Reverend Edmund Gayer, Vicar of Snitterfield, Stratford-upon-Avon and was educated at Wellington College. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on the 16th July 1920 and served with the 2nd Madras Sappers and Miners in Waziristan between 1921-24, being promoted to Lieutenant on the 16th July 1922. He served in India between 1923-28, and was advanced to Captain in 1931, and served as an Officer Commanding the Gentlemen Cadets, Royal Military College, Sandhurst in 1932-36. He next served in Waziristan in the years 1936-39, with 'Razcol force' and 'Waziforce', Commanding 15th Company, Madras Sappers and Miners, Gayer was Mentioned in Dispatches (London Gazette, 18 February 1938), and was further awarded the O.B.E.

Having been advanced to Major in August 1938, Gayer continued to serve on the North West Frontier and was again Mentioned in Dispatches (London Gazette, 25 October 1940) before returning to England. Posted to North Africa thereafter, he was advanced to Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel on 25 October 1941 and served with the 1st Army in Tunisia as CRE 2/GFHQ Troops R.E., based around Souk Ahras and also with 230, 51, 587 Field Companies who were involved in minelaying, where they halted the Axis counter-attacks in the Shiba Gap having laid over 15,000 mines in four days. For his services in North Africa he was again Mentioned in Dispatches (London Gazette, 23 September 1943).

Proceeding to Italy in 1944, Gayer was again Mentioned in Dispatches (London Gazette, 11 January 1945) and was appointed the C.B.E. for services in Italy. After the war he was present with British occupation forces in Austria and ended his army career with the rank of Brigadier, being appointed Chief Engineer of British Troops, Egypt, 1953-55. Eric Gayer died in 1973.

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