Lieut.-Colonel Samuel Alwyne GABB, O.B.E., M.C.

Commanded the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from 1935 to August 1939.

Samuel Alwyne Gabb was born in 1887 at Guildford, Surrey. Educated at Epsom College.

Lieut.-Colonel Samuel Alwyne Gabb was commissioned into the Worcestershire Regiment from the Militia in 1907. He joined the 3rd Battalion at Aldershot and went to France with them as Adjutant with the B.E.F. in 1914. He was Adjutant during the difficult days of the retreat from Mons. In 1915 he became Staff Captain to the 7th Brigade, and later held A. and G. staff appointments with the B.E.F. and 2nd Corps. After the First World War he was Adjutant of the 2nd Battalion from 1919 to 1921, and of the 8th T.A. Battalion, in Worcester, from 1922 to 1926.

He took over command of the 1st Battalion Worcestershire Regiment from Lieut.-Colonel Leman in Aldershot in 1935, and commanded them during the Palestine Campaign in 1938 and 1939, when he retired.

He won the Military Cross in 1915 and for his services in the 1914-18 War was also awarded the O.B.E. and the Belgian Order of the Crown, and was six times mentioned in despatches. He held the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the Jubilee and Coronation Medals and the General Service Medal with Palestine bar.

He returned to the Regiment in the 1939-45 War, commanding an Officers' Training Unit, and later, for 2½ years, the Depot at Norton.

Lieut.-Colonel S. A. Gabb

Lieut.-Colonel Gabb died suddenly at his home in Farnborough on the 29th July 1952, age 66. The funeral, which took place at Woking, Surrey on 1st August 1952, was attended by Colonel and Mrs. Tuckey, Colonel S. W. Jones (also representing General Sir Richard Gale, who could not be present), Lieut.-Colonel and Mrs. Chesney, Lieut.-Colonel L. A. Harrison.