Utterson-Kelso, John Philip

He was the only son of Major-General John Edward Utterson-Kelso, CB, DSO, OBE, MC. His mother was Florence Mary Utterson-Kelso, daughter of the Reverend Francis Henry Payne-Gallwey, Rector of Sessay, Yorkshire. Her brother, Lieutenant Philip Francis Payne-Gallwey (F1906-1911), was killed in action at Messines on October 31st 1914 (see individual entry).   She and her husband married on August 5th 1915, and lived in Plumpton, Sussex, before moving to Oborne Grange, Sherborne, Dorset.   His father also served in the Second World War.

John Philip Utterson-Kelso came from Fernden to Southgate Hill in May 1936 and distinguished himself in fencing and shooting. He left in 1940 for RMC OCTU, and in 1942 joined 2nd (Armoured) Battalion, Grenadier Guards, in the Guards Armoured Division.   The battalion was inspected at Hove by HRH Princess Elizabeth, the Colonel of the Regiment, on May 17th.

On June 6th the news of the invasion of France was announced.  Utterson-Kelso fought in three tank battles in Normandy, but was killed, aged twenty-two, on August 11th 1944, in a desperate battle against German paratroopers near Viessoix.

He is buried in grave I.A.4, St Charles de Percy War Cemetery.


War: World War 2

  • Surname: Utterson-Kelso
  • Forenames or initials: John Philip
  • House: C
  • Years in School: 1936-1940
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Regiment: Grenadier Guards
  • Date of Birth: 19th June 1922
  • Date of Death: 11th August 1944
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner B2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: St Charles de Percy War Cemetery: Grave I.A.4