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To Commander (..Captain) G F Stevens-Guille OBE of Palmer House, Torrington, and son of the Rev H G Stevens-Guille,
now of Chope Barton, Northam and connected with Little Torrington, befell the distinction of being the first member
of His Majesty’s forces in the Bideford and Torrington districts to be honoured for services in the present war,
at the outbreak of which he was employed on convoy escort.

5 March 1940 G F Stevens Guillle of Torrington

He was promoted to Captain and received the Distinguished Service Order on the last day of last year. The honour afforded considerable gratification in Torrington and district with which the family has long been connected and to which, as Captain Stevens-Guille has stated ‘We are proud to belong’. Congratulations on his promotion and award were expressed on behalf of the town by Torrington Council at a recent meeting.
Capt. Stevens-Guille, who was born in 1898, jointed the Royal Navy as a Cadet in 1911. In the last war he served as a midshipman and sub-lieutenant, being at the Dardanelles and Jutland. He received the Order of the British Empire (Military) in 1931 and in the December of that year was promoted to the rank of Commander and served as such in various commands of destroyers and at the Admiralty. He commanded the Anti-Submarine Flotilla 1938-1939.

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