Guy Durand Ozanne

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Colonel Guy Durand Ozanne (1889-1944) was an Army officer, Electrical Engineer and a founder member of the Guernsey Society.

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Family

Guy was born in Guernsey on 2 April 1889, the eldest son of Lt-Col Charles Heineken Ozanne and Louisa Durand Kershaw.

He married Blanche Moysey and they had three children.

Early years

He was educated at King's School, Rochester and Elizabeth College, Guernsey (1903-1906).

Military Career

On leaving school, he attended Sandhurst, passing out 9th in 1909. He joined the Royal Berkshire Regiment, then transferred to 99th Deccan Infantry of the Indian Army in 1912. He served in East Africa during World War I, reaching the rank of Major in 1917, where he was mentioned in despatches twice and awarded the Military Cross.

He was attached to the Indian Army Signal Service between 1915-1923, and became Chief Instructor in 1920. He retired in 1923 with the rank of Major.

He returned to England, and continued to serve in the Territorial Army in London. Between 1930 and 1935, he was Officer Commanding the City of London Signals Regiment, and was later Deputy Signals Officer.

Engineering Career

On his return to England, where he was Manager of the Radio Communications Company 1924-26. In 1926, he joined Wingrove and Rogers, where he worked until the outbreak of World War II.

He became a Member of the Institute of Electrical Engineers (MIEE) in 1928.

World War II

During World War II, he served as Head of Signals at the Special Operations Executive.

Guernsey Society

He was a founder member of the Guernsey Society, although he died a year after its foundation.

References

  • Elizabeth College Register, Vol II
  • The Times, 18 July 1944
  • London Gazette, various
  • Obituary Notices: Colonel Guy Durand Ozanne, Journal of the Institute of Electical Engineers, 1945
  • Special Operations Executive, Personnel Files 1939-1946, HS 9/1133, The National Archives, Kew
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