Maj. T. D’A. Muirhead died in hospital on April 19th, 1969, at the age of 50.
He joined the 3rd Hussars in Palestine in 1947 and, apart from a tour of duty with the North Somerset Yeomanry as 2 i/c., he served continuously with the Regiment, finishing as Squadron-Leader of “A” Squadron before retiring in 1958.
He was on the Supplementary Reserve of the Essex Regiment and whilst serving with them in the Western Desert gained his M.C. and was subsequently captured. He escaped three times in Italy and finally made his way to Switzerland, before getting back to England and serving with the 2nd S.A.S. for the final months of the war.
D’arcy was a very popular Regimental Officer with a good sense of humour who enjoyed having his leg pulled. He was keen on all forms of sport and, certainly, nobody was better at obtaining leave to participate! He was a member of the winning 3rd Hussars polo team, a good shot and skier, and he will long be remembered for his very successful association with “Max” at hunter trials and in the show ring in Germany.
After retiring he farmed in Wiltshire, but he had been in poor health for some time. News of his death, therefore, came as no great surprise but it was a great shock, nonetheless, to his many friends. D’arcy was a “character”, with the interests of his Regiment very much at heart, and he will be sadly missed.