THE PRO PATRIA PROJECT
ELWORTHY Samuel Charles
36056, Wing Commander

CITATION
Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (KG)
Gazetted Appointed 1977

Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KB)
Gazetted 27 December 1960, issue 42231, p8891

Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Gazetted 1946

Distinguished Service Order
Gazetted 15 April 1941
In March 1941 this officer was detailed to carry out an attack on enemy shipping at Le Havre.  Sighting two enemy tankers of approximately 300 tons escorted by flak ships, he proceeded to attack one of the tankers from a low altitude, in spite of heavy and accurate ack ack fire from the flak ships scored a direct hit which set the tanker on fire.  On another occasion, whilst returning from a successful attack against an enemy dump, nearing Flushing aerodrome he was attacked by two ME-109s, but though his rear gunner was wounded he managed by skilful flying to throw off the enemy fighters and returned safely to base.  By his magnificent leadership and complete disregard of danger Wing Commander Elworthy has brought his squadron to the highest pitch of war efficiency

Member of the Royal Victorian Order, 4th Class
Gazetted 14 July 1953, issue 39912, p3917

Distinguished Flying Cross
Gazetted 7 March 1941, issue 35097, p1370

Air Force Cross
Gazetted 31 December 1940, issue 35029, p33

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 23 September 1941, issue 35284, p5570

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 29 December 1942, issue 35841, p35

Mention in Despatches
Gazetted 11 January 1944, issue 36329, p287

AWARDS
Knight of the Most Noble Order of the Garter (KG)
Knight Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (KB)
Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Distinguished Service Order
Member of the Royal Victorian Order, 4th Class
Distinguished Flying Cross
Air Force Cross
Knight of Justice of the Order of St John
1939-45 Star
Air Crew Europe Star
Defence Medal
War Medal 1939-45
       Mention in Despatches (3)
Coronation Medal 1953
Jubilee Medal 1977
Pakistan Independence Medal

NOTES
Born 23 March 1911, Gordon Valley, Timaru, NZ
Died 4 April 1993, Christchurch, NZ

Baron Elworthy of Timaru in New Zealand and of Elworthy, County Somerset, England
Marshall of the Royal Air Force, the Lord Elworthy
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London 1981-78