Colonel Stott, the Commanding Officer of the Army Graves Service in Western Europe was arguably the most influential figure of all in the British programme of care for the military dead after the Second World. Amongst his other achievements, it was he who chose the sites for the cemeteries and carried out the negotiations with the local authorities, yet he is virtually unknown today.
Stott was a self-effacing man and so far we have not traced any official photographs of him performing his duties. However, there are two photographs in the Gelders Archief in Holland which are 99% certain to show Stott. The first, being posted today, shows him at the commemorations for the Arnhem dead, which took place on 25 September 1945. Stott’s attendance at the commemorations is mentioned in his war diary.