Lieutenant IAN KAY 'Kim' MUIR (photo added)

Serviceman Headstone image Serviceman grave marker Serviceman thumbnail
Rank Lieutenant
Forenames IAN KAY 'Kim'
Surname MUIR (photo added)
Initials I K
Place of Birth Unknown
Date of Birth Friday, 23 June 1916
Date of Death Monday, 27 May 1940
Age 23
Nationality British
Residence or Entered Service From WINCHCOMBE, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
Service Number 69084
Force British Army
Service/Corps/Regiment Royal Armoured Corps
Unit / Ship / Battalion / Squadron 10 Royal Hussars
Military Honours and Awards 1939-1945 Star and 1939-1945 War Medal
Place of Burial/Commemoration HODENG-AU-BOSC COMMUNAL CEMETERY
Roll of honour
Grave/Memorial Location
Previous Place(s) of Burial Unknown
Epitaph
Family Details SON OF MATHEW WILLIAM AND CLARA GARDNER MUIR. BROTHER OF GILLIAN.

Additional Information

 

 

IAN KAY 'Kim' MUIR was an ardent and passionate sportsman from his earliest days. His father was Master of Fox Hounds the Cotswold and Kim rode to hounds often. His principle sport was falconry and his expertise - even as a teenager - was acknowledged and applauded by the leading figures of this sport in Britain. He was also a beagler, boxer, shooter, angler and amateur jockey. His horse, with Kim riding, placed 8th in the 1938 Grand National at Aintree. Kim was educated at Eton and Sandhurst.

 

In 1940, on the retreat back to the English Channel Ports he pulled a man, Serjeant John William Locker, aged 32, from their burning tank and stayed with him in the field, during the night, until the soldier passed away. Serjeant Lockers body was not discovered at the same time as Lieutenant Muir, and he is now buried in Saint Riquier British Cemetery in the Somme department of the Picardy region in France.

 

While starting to make his way back to his unit the next day, Lieutenant IAN KAY 'Kim' MUIR was shot by a sniper in the same area. He was 23 years old. Lieutenant MUIR was buried in HODENG-AU-BOSC COMMUNAL CEMETERY after he was killed. His sister elected to let him remain in this cemetery in grateful thanks to the people of the community who cared for the remains of the brother she loved.1

 

He is one of 2 men, both killed on the 27th May 1940, from 10 Hussars, Royal Armoured Corps who rest in this cemetery.

 

 

IAN KAY 'Kim' MUIR aged 13 or 14 at his home
at Postlip Hall, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire.

 

 

Lieutenant IAN KAY 'Kim' MUIR, undated.

 

 

References
1. Information and photographs, unless otherwise credited, kindly provide by Peter Barry Devers.

 

Acknowledgements and Credits
Source of original data: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Headstone photograph: Carl Shilleto
Cross marker photograph:  
Individual photograph: Peter Barry Devers.
Additional photographs provided by: Peter Barry Devers.
Additional information provided by: Peter Barry Devers.

 

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