Thursday, January 07, 2021

David Francis Ramsay 1933-2021

 _. David Francis Ramsay, scion of the Ramsay of Balmain baronets, died 2 January, 2021. He was 87.

He was born 1 October, 1933, son of Admiral Sir Bertram Home Ramsay, KCB, KBE, MVO [1883-1945], and his wife the former Helen Margaret Menzies [d 1993].

His father, as Vice-Admiral of Dover, was responsible for the Dunkirk evacuation, codenamed Operation Dynamo. Working from the tunnels beneath Dover Castle, he and his staff worked for nine days straight to rescue troops trapped in France by the German forces. For his success in bringing home 338,226 British and allied soldiers from the beaches of Dunkirk, he was asked to personally report on the operation to King George VI and was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. He was Commander-in-Chief Allied Expeditionary Force [NW Europe] 1943-45, who was killed on active service, 2 Jan 1945.

David Ramsay married firstly, 29 Aug 1963 [div 1973], Stacey Rogers; married 2ndly, 9 Feb, 1989, Pamela Davidsen, of Pam Springs, California. From his first marriage he leaves issue, a son, Michael [born 1964], and a son, James [born 1967].

Sir Alexander Ramsay, 2nd Bt [1785-1852]-->Francis Ramsay [1815-67]-->William Ramsay [1848-1933]-->Bertram Ramsay 1883-1945]-->David Ramsay [1933-2021].


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