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05 Jun 10. Angus Hamilton, 15th Duke of Hamilton and 12th Duke of Brandon born on September 13th, 1938 died on June 5th 2010. It was with great regret that we heard about the sudden death of Angus Hamilton, he had been suffering from dementia for many years. Angus was a huge supporter of BATTLESPACE and indeed he was the instigator for the content of the Editor’s first ever article the ‘ATMP TRIAL’ about the post-Falklands vehicle All-Terrain Mobile Platform trials on the isle of Jura in DEFENCE magazine in 1982. Angus was involved in many 4×4 and defence vehicle projects, the most high-profile being the Supacat HMT Project where his family made a large investment in HMT Ltd to make the project the huge British success it is today with over 400 sales of the Jackal to the U.K. and other armed forces. Other projects included the FOERS IBEX and the SCAMP. It was always a pleasure to meet up with Angus in East Lothian, as he always had a new vehicle project to play with on the sands at Archerfield. He gave the Editor the scoop on the HMT purchase by Lockheed Martin, released with their agreement and also the scoop on the Hunting Engineering LIMAWS MoD contract much to the chagrin of Hunting! BATTLESPACE was the first publication to publish a test drive of the prototype HMT vehicle at the SUPACAT test tack. Angus was an accomplished pilot, racing driver and motorcyclist and had a wonderful motorbike and sidecar which he and his former wife Sally used to go around the estate in. There was always something new happening at his homes at Archerfield and Lennoxlove, one evening we arrived for dinner to find that he had excavated the whole of the front hall to find buried artefacts! He will be greatly missed; we send our condolences to his widow Kay and his children.

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