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Obituary

Duke of Westminster 

Gerald Grosvenor

6th Duke of Westminster
Born December 22 1951, died August 9 2016
 

It is with much sadness that we report the death of the Duke of Westminster at the young age of 64


Gerald Grosvenor was born in 1951 and educated at Harrow and succeeded as 6th Duke on the death of his father and grew up on the family estate in county Fermanagh. Whilst the Dukedom is the newest in the British peerage being created by Gladstone in 1874 (apart of course from Royal dukedoms).

His male line pedigree stretches back to 1066 of which aristocrats would be envious.The first Grosvenor or Gros Veneur ( or fat hunter )was chief huntsman to William the Conqueror and nephew of Hugh Lupus Earl of Chester who in turn was William's nephew. The family was inter -related to many of the ancient Cheshire and Lancashire families. After  leaving school he joined the Grosvenor Estate to learn the family business and in his leisure time he became a popular fixture In the early 70s Deb scene. When he got home he would often find his jacket pockets filled with slips of papers with girls telephone numbers. He also liked fast cars; starting with a light blue Fiat coupe graduating to 2 door BMW coupe and the AC Cobra. The doorman at the Raffles night club would like to park Grosvenor's car and also drive it around Chelsea. He then joined the Territorial Army as a trooper in the Cheshire Yeomanry and much to his great credit, sheer hard work and natural leadership, became a 2 star Brigadier General. He very much enjoyed the camaraderie of regimental life under canvass. Apart from being a great family man, he was a first class shot but devoted much of his time and large sums of money to charities rehabilitating wounded soldiers and disadvantaged children.

He was a close friend of the Royal Family who often joined him for shooting parties at his family seat, Eaton Hall near Chester. From a relatively unpromising academic career at Harrow, he had the great wisdom to achieve much with his extensive family property portfolio by choosing excellent advisers rather than cronies. His charity work was very generous and extensive, and his army career exceptional.

He will be much missed by his family and all who knew him.

 

 RECENT OBITUARIES - 2015

 

Sir Christopher Lee   -  Actor

Born

27 May 1922

Belgravia, Westminster London, England

Died

7 June 2015 (aged 93)

Chelsea, Westminster London, England

Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was born in Belgravia, Westminster, London,[5] the son of Lieutenant Colonel Geoffrey Trollope Lee (1879–1941), of the 60th King's Royal Rifle Corps, and his wife, Countess Estelle Marie (née Carandini di Sarzano; 1889–1981).

Lee was knighted for services to drama and charity in 2009, received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2011 and received the BFI Fellowship in 2013.[1]

[6]Read more about Sir Christopher Lee here

Michael Kidson   -  School Master

Born August 24 1929

Belgravia, Westminster

London, England

Died 20 June 2015(aged 85)

 

Michael George MacDonald Kidson, the younger of two boys, was born in Belgravia, London. They were well to do but the Mother left the Family home when Michael was very young. His father, an Army officer who had served in the First World War, died a few years later. His clergyman grandfather brought him up in the lee of the Stiperstones, in Shropshire,, but he too, died without making a will.  However, fast forward a few years, Michael read Economics then switched to History, at Cambridge. Later on, he was recruited to Eton in 1965 where he taught history for 30 years. David Cameron recently cited him as his favourite master.