The Sefton Desert Rat
William Henry "Harry" Calvert
With the outbreak of WW2 in 1939 his dad Daniel was called to high places within the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.
[Military Lists - National Library of Scotland]
Harry joined the Royal Artillery and was commissioned as 2nd Lt.
Desert Rat Major Harry Calvert won the Military Cross for his bravery under fire in the Western Desert. He joined up at the start of the war and fought with the 116th Field Battery/31st Field Regiment, Royal Artillery in the 8th Army at Tobruk and El Alamein. He was decorated while still a captain after he took over an advance unit when the commanding officer was killed.
Major Calvert rallied his troops under fire and succeeded in capturing a forward observation post. When his party was cut off by the advancing Germans, he kept directing fire behind enemy lines until British troops regained the territory the next day.
[Liverpool Evening Express - 23rd June 1943]
He also served at Monte Casino and Greece before returning after the war to Liverpool where he married and opened the first launderette in the North of England.
A successful property dealer he bought a farm in North Wales in the mid-1950s and moved to Dess House, Kincardine O'Neil, Aberdeenshire when he bought the
900-acre estate in 1969.
[Dess Lodge, the entrance to Dess House Estate - Google Maps]
[Dess House on the 900 acre estate - canmore.org.uk]
Territorial Efficiency Decoration
Major William Henry Calvert