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Maj Gen HSL Dalzell-Payne
January 25, 2018

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Maj Gen HSL Dalzell-Payne

January 25, 2018

From: Major JMK Erskine MBE


             Regimental Secretary


The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

(Carabiniers & Greys)

Home Headquarters



Telephone:   0131 310 5100/5102

Facsimile:    0131 310 5101



HHQ 530

25 Jan 18








It is with regret that I inform you of the death on 23 Jan 18 of Maj Gen HSL (Harry) Dalzell-Payne who served with 3DG from 1968 to 1971 and SCOTS DG from 1971 to 1982.


There is to be a private family funeral, and there will be no memorial service at his request


Details of whom letters of condolence can be sent will be promulgated when known









Yours Sincerely




Jamie Erskine


Miss Sharon McConnell

Asst Regt Sec|HHQ SCOTSDG|The Castle|Edinburgh|EH1 2YT|0131 310 5102|94740 5102| (SCOTSDG-HHQ-RegtSec-Asst)




January 26, 2018

Joined: May 5, 2014
Posts: 620
Maj Gen HSL Dalzell-Payne

January 26, 2018

I remember General Dalzell-Payne as if it was yesterday, when as CO in Chester,  he called me in to promote me to Sgt at the tender age of 21 with the words, "I want young blood to give a kick up the backside where needed" ! He believed strongly in youth, also promoting to Sgt at the time, Terry McMahon (RIP) & Mick Littleproud, also in their early 20's. We certainly shocked the "establishment" of the Sgt's Mess, who couldn't believe their eyes at seeing us fresh faced sprogs wearing three stripes ! I remember being on exercise & General "Harry" visiting every Sqn location with free beer for every soldier, to celebrate the birth of his daughter - his policy was for no one to miss training for births etc, and he certainly stuck to the policy himself by remaining in the "field" throughout. He was destined for "high office" but certain events (& people) seemingly  conspired against him, and his tenure as our Commanding Officer was shortened if I remember correctly, but his memory and legacy remained for many years. He had tremendous respect and loyalty from all ranks of the Regiment - unfortunately, after he'd left our paths never crossed again, but I certainly never forgot him, or him giving me the opportunity to  "climb the ladder".   RIP Sir, I salute you. John (JKW)

January 30, 2018

Joined: May 12, 2014
Posts: 751
Maj Gen HSL Dalzell-Payne

January 30, 2018

General Harry interviewed me in Muenster regarding my transfer in from 10H. We had recently had a couple of very po faced COs in the Shiny 10th so I was not really prepared for a CO of General Harry’s ilk. Personable, direct, charming and so easy to talk to. He asked me if I was a B1 tradesman and did I play football. I answered yes to the first question, no to the second. I explained I was, at the time, a Corps hockey player and a Civil Service Linguist in German. Job done, welcome. He said the Regiment would look after me. It did. I never saw him again until Sennelager when he visited us as Divisional  Commander. I recall stories of officers exiting the mess via kitchen windows to avoid the ignominy of asking to be excused from the ongoing revelries! In my opinion, General Harry was a victim of his own popularity and the total respect those serving under him had for him. He was an officer with the personality and leadership that was “before its time” he was never an “establishment figure” and he paid the price for that as well as his forward thinking and devotion to his men. R.I.P.            

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