Lieutenant Colonel Ian Godfrey Neilson

Biography of Lieutenant Colonel Ian Godfrey Neilson

Ian Godfrey Neilson
Ian Godfrey Neilson

Ian Godfrey Neilson graduated from the University of Glasgow BL in 1939. He was born in Glasgow on December 4, 1918, to James and Marion Neilson.

Neilson first matriculated at the University at the young age of 16 to study Law. Like many others of his generation, Neilson joined the war effort in 1940, working in an air observation post which aided both the RAF and the army. In 1945 he received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. He was then recruited to join crime investigation units in the period after the war. During this time Neilson rose through the ranks and eventually became Lieutenant Colonel. He married his wife, a trainee almoner named Alison Aytoun, in 1945. Together they had two children. In addition to his work in the armed forces, Neilson was also a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the Boys Brigade and the Royal Yachting Association.

In July 2015 Neilson was awarded a Legion d'Honneur.


Lieutenant Colonel Ian Godfrey Neilson
Born 4 December 1918.
Died 20 January 2017.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: BL, 1939; Law,
Record last updated: 20th Mar 2017

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