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Mark Arnold-Forster DSO DSC. (1920 - 1981)

Mark Arnold-Forster DSO DSC.
Born in Cheriton Nursing Home, Westlecott Road, Swindon, Wiltshiremap
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Died in 50, Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, Londonmap
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Biography

Mark Arnold-Forster (1920-1981) was the only son of William Edward Arnold-Forster and Katherine Laird Cox.
He was placed at the age of seven in a boarding school in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, and at nine in Kurt Hahn's Schule Schloss Salem at Salem in Germany. When Hitler came to power in 1933, Hahn was driven into exile, and Arnold-Forster followed him to a new school, Gordonstoun in Scotland, where he stayed until he left school in 1937.
He won a place to study mechanical engineering at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, but he never took this up. Instead, after a year's apprenticeship during 1938–39 with the Blue Funnel Line, involving a voyage to Manchuria, Arnold-Forster went on to join the Royal Navy.
He served on a destroyer on the Murmansk convoy and then (1942–4) on motor torpedo boats in the English Channel. Eventually he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant in command of a flotilla at Dover, despite looking quite young for his age. His tasks included engaging the Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen in battle and torpedoing a tanker. He limped home from a battle with a broken-down engine after being nearly rammed by a German destroyer. He also laid mines under fire off the French coast and worked for naval intelligence. He was awarded the DSO and DSC, was three times mentioned in despatches, and was demobilized as a reserve Lieutenant in 1946.
In 1946, Arnold-Forster joined the editorial staff of The Manchester Guardian. He worked first in Manchester and then in Germany, where he wrote about the immediate post-war period and the Berlin blockade in 1948.
He later moved to ITN, as deputy to editor Sir Geoffrey Cox, making the switch to television without any difficulty. In the 1970s, he wrote the series The World at War, with narration by Laurence Olivier and Jeremy Isaacs as the producer.
On 12 January 1955, he married Valentine Harriet Isobel Dione Mitchison, they had three sons and two daughters.
He died at his home, 50 Clarendon Road, Notting Hill, London, on Christmas Day, 1981. He was cremated at West London crematorium on 5 January 1982.

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The Peerage.com (M, #238599).
Wikipedia - Mark Arnold-Forster.
UK GRO Births Jun Q 1920 Swindon 5a 65 ARNOLD-FORSTER Mark - Mothers Maiden Surname: Cox.
freeBMD Marriages Mar Q 1955 Westminster 5c 787 ARNOLD-FORSTER Mark to MITCHISON Valentine H I D.
UK GRO Deaths Dec Q 1981 Kensington & Chelsea 13 2013 ARNOLD-FORSTER Mark - DoB 16 Apr 1920.
Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 03 February 2021), memorial page for Mark Arnold-Forster (16 Apr 1920–25 Dec 1981), Find a Grave Memorial no. 126438890, citing West London Crematorium, Kensal Green, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .


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