Thomas Godfrey Polson Corbett was born at Hans Place, Chelsea, London on 19th December 1895, and was educated at Eton. The First World War broke out when he was 18 and he went straight from school to the Army, serving with the Ayrshire Yeomanry at Gallipoli and in Egypt and Palestine. After the second battle of Gaza, he was transferred to the Grenadier Guards, won the Military Cross in France and was severely wounded in the leg. The injury interrupted his military career. In 1933, he succeeded to his father's peerage. Just before the outbreak of the Second World War, the Territorial Army was being expanded and Lord Rowallan was asked to raise a new battalion of the Royal Scots Fusiliers which he trained on Scout lines and took to France in April 1940. At Dunkirk, he extricated his men and arms and brought them off from St Valery with the remnants of the 51st Division. Back in Scotland he was given command of a Young Soldiers' Battalion and later he was made responsible for training potential officers. Lord Rowallan joined the Scout Movement in 1922 as a District Commissioner. In 1944, he became Scottish Headquarters Commissioner for the training of Scout Leaders and in the following year was appointed Chief Scout of the Commonwealth and Empire. In 1951, his outstanding services were recognised by a Knighthood in the Birthday Honours List. Soon after his retirement as Chief Scout in 1959, Lord Rowallan was appointed Governor of Tasmania, holding this post until he retired in 1963 to his home at Rowallan Castle, Kilmarnock. Lord Rowallan died in November 1977.
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