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David Renwick Elder - Of Lochee, Dundee, Scotland

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:22 am    Post subject: David Renwick Elder - Of Lochee, Dundee, Scotland Reply with quote

10-26-2009 -
I received the book "Frogmen of Burma, the Story of the Sea Reconnaissance Unit" (of WWII), by
Lt. Commander Bruce S. Wright
Published 1968. 152 p. With Photos
Interlibrary loan from University of Montana
Inscribed by the Author: "To the Wildlife Management Institute in appreciation of all it has done for me." Bruce Wright"

Notes of mention in the book for
David Renwick ELDER, M.C., The Black Watch,
who came from Elder family of "Lochee, Dundee, Scotland"
In the book he is called "JOCK ELDER."

In training camp on the coast with the U.S. Marine Raiders at Camp Pendleton, California. 1943

Page 29.
"Number One Section Commander was Captain Jock Elder, M.C., The Black Watch."
"Jock was a medium-sized, dark-visaged Scotsman, tough and wiry as leather. His Military Cross was a memento of Dunkerque, where he had had a severe baptism of fire. It speaks volumes about Jock that soon after the Dunkerque experience his name appeared on the list of volunteers for hazardous service. His well-developed boxer-type muscles made him susceptible to cramp in the water, and he had to work harder than most to acquire the frogman skills."

Page 36. In California
"The United States was in the full flush of its war effort at the time
and Britain's stock there was high. The S.R.U. offficers stayed at various Los Angeles hotels on the leaves .....
Captain Jock Elder of the Black Watch, who had an M.C. from Dunkerque, was perhaps the star of the group. In Hollywood a kilt backed up by the Military Cross was a gift from the gods to every master of ceremonies in town."

24 Photo pages: Between Pages 48 and 49
48 E - Nightclubbing in Hollywood... (not named)
48 F-G - Sea Reconnaissance Unit Officers at Camp Pendleton, Calif. All named.
"Capt. Jock Elder, The Black Watch" (Kilt and Tam)
Standing behind and to left of Bruce Wright
48 K - H.R.H. The Duke of Windsor with members of the
Sea Reconnaisance Unit in Nassau
(2nd row - Tam and shirt - Must be "Jock" Elder
seated to right of Duke of Windsor)
48 L-M "The Finalists,"
at the completion of training, Nassau, Bahamas, 1944
(Jock Elder - Seated in 2nd row, with Tam and Jacket)

Maps on Inside Front and Back covers:
Shows the 1st Section S.R.U. with "20 Indian Div."
Feb. 12, 1945 near Myinmu, to the west of Mandalay,
along the Irrawaddy River, Burma
(also with "19 Indian Div." to the north of Mandalay)

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