Stewart-Mackenzie, Francis Alan


The Honourable Francis Alan Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth (surnamed Brodrick when at school) was the second son of the Right Honourable St. John Brodrick, KP, PC, 1st Earl of Midleton. His mother was his father’s second wife: Madeleine Cecilia Carlyle Brodrick, the elder daughter of Colonel the Honourable John Constantine Stanley. The family estate – Peper Harow, Tilford, Surrey – was acquired by the family in 1712, and the house built in 1765 amid grounds landscaped by Capability Brown. The estate was broken up when Earl Midleton died in 1942, and the house used as a headquarters by Canadian forces. It is now divided into private apartments.

He was the elder brother of Michael V. Brodrick (A1932-1938), who was also killed at Salerno, within twenty-four hours of his brother, on September 10th 1943 (see individual entry).

Francis Brodrick, like his brother, spent five years in Furley’s and rose to be a Senior Prefect, a member of Houses XV, and President of Boat Club in his last year and a Sergeant Major in the OTC.

In 1933, on the death of his great-aunt, Baroness Seaforth, he succeeded to the Seaforth estates and changed his name to Stewart-Mackenzie of Seaforth.   He became a member of the London Stock Exchange with Hichens, Harrison, Woolston & Co., of which he was made a partner in 1933.

He served on the Surrey County Cricket Club committee with his father, who was President from 1923-1925.

On January 23rd 1937 he married Margaret Laetitia Lyell (daughter of Major the Honourable Charles Lyell, of Kinnordy), whose brother, Captain Lord Lyell, later won the VC in North Africa.

From 1929 he held a Territorial commission in the Surrey Yeomanry. In 1939, as a Major in charge of 392 Battery in 98 Field Regiment RA, Stewart-Mackenzie went to France with the original British Expeditionary Force. With him, as second-in-command of the Regiment, was a fellow Wykehamist, Major Charles Ralph Egerton (F1920-1925), who was killed in action on May 25th 1940 (see individual entry).

After narrowly escaping capture during the retreat from Dunkirk, Stewart-Mackenzie was mentioned in despatches.  His regiment went to North Africa in June 1942, and as second-in-command he saw much fighting, especially at Alamein.     Posted to Italy, the unit fought through all the Sicilian actions and the invasion of Italy in late 1943.

Stewart-Mackenzie was killed at Rossano, near Salerno, on 11th September 1943.  He was killed by a mine while entering a booby-trapped house.  Killed at the age of thirty-three, he lies in grave V.F.33 of the Salerno War Cemetery, next to his brother Michael.  Both brothers are commemorated on the war memorial in the Episcopal Church of St James the Great in Dingwall.

 

 

 

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Stewart-Mackenzie
  • Forenames or initials: The Hon. Francis Alan
  • House: A
  • Years in School: 1923-1928
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Surrey & Sussex Yeomanry, Field Regiment, Royal Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 27th February 1910
  • Date of Death: 11th September 1943
  • How Died: Killed in Action
  • Location in War Cloister: Inner E2
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Salerno War Cemetery: Grave V.F.33