By the time of Arthur Owen Stott’s appointment to 21 Army Group’s Graves Service in December 1943, six months in advance of D-Day, he was fifty-two years old.

stott with medals
Photograph of Stott from medal auction details, by kind permission of Bamfords Auction House

His official title was Deputy Assistant Director, Graves Registration and Enquiries (DADGRE), but on 1 April 1944, two months before D-Day, his role was upgraded to that of Assistant Director (ADGRE), ‘the importance of the work having been realized’.* He was further promoted, with a step up in rank from Lieutenant Colonel to Colonel, in the second half of 1945 following the expansion of what was by then called the Western Europe Graves Service Directorate.


* TNA, WO 165/36, War Office, A.G.13 (The Army Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries), War Diary, January-December 1944, entry for 1 April 1944.