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Captain The Hon. Arthur Annesley

Ypres Town Cemetery Grave E1.19

10th (Prince of Wales Own) Hussars, 8th Cavalry Brigade, 3rd Cavalry Division

Age 34

KIA 16.11.14

Eldest son of The Honourable Arthur Annesley, 11th Viscount Valentia, and Laura, Viscountess Valentia of Bletchington Park, Oxford. They had two sons and six daughters. His father was the Conservative MP for Oxford City from 1895 to 1917. He was also an officer in the 10th Hussars and Queen’s Own Oxford Hussars and served for over twenty-five years seeing active service during the Boer War. He was made 1st Baron Annesley of Bletchingdon in 1917.


Early Life

Arthur was born on 24 August 1880 and after attending Eton; he was commissioned into the 3rd ( Militia) Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry before he obtained a commission in the 10th Royal Hussars on 4 April 1900 as a 2nd Lieutenant. He was promoted to Captain on 6 April 1907. Like his father he saw service in the Boer War. From May to December 1908 he served as adjutant. On 8 November 1912, he was appointed ADC to Major-General Byng who was General Officer commanding in Egypt and held this appointment until the outbreak of war in 1914. He went to France with ‘B’ Squadron, 10th Hussars.


His Death

On the 15 November the 10th Hussars had rode to Ypres and marched dismounted to the 4th Guards Brigade between Hooge and Zillebeke. ‘A’ and ‘C’ Squadrons were in the firing line with ‘B’ Squadron, Machine Gun section, and ‘C’ Squadron North Somerset Yeomanry in support.

Linesman Map from 25 Jan 1917 showing the trench lines between Hooge and Zillebeke

On the 16 November, the War Diary recorded that Arthur was killed by a sniper at Zillebeke on 16 November 1914.

War Diary entry for 16 November 1914


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