Douglas Chaworth-Musters is descended form a long line of aristocrats and his ancestry can be traced back to 1066 when the family arrived from France.
He was part of a military family and had 6 brothers 3 died in the 1st world war.
Douglas was educated at Rugby School. He was commissioned into the Royal Field Artillery on leaving school, and by July 1917 was in France with 504 Battery of 65 Brigade RFA. He was awarded the Military Cross in either 1917 or early 1918, and a second Bar in May 1918. Douglas stayed in the army after the war ended, and served in India and Ireland, but by the mid-1920s he had returned to England and began farming at Durnford Hall in Suffolk
In 1924 he married Mary Nellie Bomford Emerson, and had children
Patricius Chaworth-Musters born 1925 Rawalpindi Indian
David Mundy Chaworth-Musters born 1926 and died 1932 Goldington
Philip Robin Chaworth-Musters born born 1928 Plomesgate Suffolk
Juliana Mary Chaworth-Musters born 1925 Bedford married Louis Nazzareno Carmel Galea.
He gave the farm up as a result of the Great Depression of the early 1930s. Douglas went back into the army in June 1939, into an anti-tank regiment, and worked as an instructor in Northern Ireland.
8/1/1918 Gazette issue 30466. M.C. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during an intense hostile bombardment of his battery. When an ammunition store was hit and set on fire by an enemy shell, he removed the burning ammunition and extinguished the fire, by his prompt and gallant action preventing the fire spreading and causing very serious damage. On the following day, although heavily gassed by a shell which fell within five yards of him, he refused to report sick, as his commander would have been single-handed. Awarded the Military Cross.
26/9/1917 Gazette issue 30813. Bar to the Military Cross; For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He took command of his battery when his commanding officer was wounded, and commanded it with skill during several anxious days. By his constant calm and gallant demeanour he did much to maintain the spirit of the battery.
Loads of information on this excellent website
Nottingham University has the family history on its website
In loving memory of
Major Douglas Chaworth-Musters
Late Royal Artillery
June 1898 - April 1957
Gravesite Details As can be seen grave is very overgrown I hope to find some time to tidy up in the near future