Mu­seum to shine a light on the ‘guardian shadow’ of the King

Gate­way to the Glens Mu­seum will show an in­sight into the man who was body­guard to the dis­graced royal

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - GRAEME STRA­CHAN gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

He was the An­gus po­lice of­fi­cer who was the “guardian shadow” of the scan­dal­hit King who signed away the crown.

Su­per­in­ten­dent David Stor­rier spent 18 years as po­lice body­guard to King Ed­ward VIII who ab­di­cated in 1936 af­ter be­ing re­fused per­mis­sion to marry Amer­i­can di­vorcee Wal­lis Simp­son.

Dur­ing the anx­ious days be­fore the ab­di­ca­tion, Mr Stor­rier re­mained with the King at Fort Belvedere and went with him when he left Eng­land with his lover, af­ter which he be­came the Duke of Wind­sor.

Mr Stor­rier be­came the only of­fi­cial link be­tween the duke and his for­mer king­dom fol­low­ing his ab­di­ca­tion.

The duke vis­ited Ger­many in 1937, where the cou­ple were charmed by Hitler, with hos­pi­tal­ity usu­ally only af­forded to a monarch and his con­sort.

Sev­eral his­to­ri­ans have spec­u­lated that if Ger­many had in­vaded Bri­tain they would have used the duke as a pup­pet monarch, restor­ing him to the throne he had been forced to give up.

The Gate­way to the Glens Mu­seum in Kir­riemuir has now been given an in­sight into Mr Stor­rier’s life.

Mr Stor­rier was one of two broth­ers who were born at Burn­side of Ballintore, Lin­tra­then, and schooled at Web­ster’s Sem­i­nary, Kir­riemuir, in the late 19th Cen­tury. Both broth­ers left An­gus to en­ter the po­lice ser­vice shortly be­fore the out­break of the First World War.

El­der brother James rose to the rank of as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble of Glas­gow.

Mr Stor­rier was po­lice body­guard to the duke, as Prince of Wales, and later King.

He even­tu­ally re­turned to Lon­don fol­low­ing his 18 years as body­guard to take up ad­min­is­tra­tive du­ties at Scot­land Yard.

Mr Stor­rier re­tired aged 55 af­ter 33 years ser­vice in the force.

He was awarded the MBE in 1944. Mu­seum of­fi­cer Rachel Jack­son and ar­chiv­ist Craig Pear­son wel­comed el­der brother James’ grand­daugh­ter Irene Wright to the Gate­way to the Glens on Thurs­day.

Rachel Jack­son said: “The do­na­tion in­cludes per­sonal let­ters from Buck­ing­ham Palace and fol­low­ing Ed­ward’s ex­ile to France with Wal­lis Simp­son, one ex­press­ing how sad they were to learn of David Stor­rier’s death in 1969, stat­ing he was ‘our most loyal ef­fi­cient and de­voted body­guard who we held in the high­est es­teem.’

“Fea­tured items in­clude an oil paint­ing of As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Stor­rier wear­ing First World War medals.”

The do­na­tion in­cludes per­sonal let­ters from Buck­ing­ham Palace... RACHEL JACK­SON

Pic­ture: Dougie Ni­col­son.

Irene Wright at the Gate­way to the Glens Mu­seum with an MBE and photo of David and James Stor­rier, along with other ob­jects that she do­nated.

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