The Playwright

Captain Robin Maugham, 4th County of London Yeomanry 1940-45

Robin Maugham, playwright and author, was the son of 1st Viscount Maugham, who was Lord Chancellor from 1938-39.  Robin qualified as a barrister, but realised that his real calling was to follow his uncle William Somerset Maugham as a writer.

The outbreak of war provided an excuse to dodge an unwelcome future in the law.  He declined a commission, instead became an ordinary trooper in the Inns of Court Regiment, joining 4CLY as an officer in 1940.  He was mentioned in dispatches as having saved the lives of perhaps 40 men by pulling them from destroyed tanks during battles in North Africa.  At the Battle of Knightsbridge (13 June 1942) he suffered a severe head wound.