Howard, Henry Molyneux Paget, Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire


Elder son of Henry Charles Howard, 18th Earl of Suffolk and 11th Earl of Berkshire. His mother was Mary Lauderdale, daughter of the Hon. Henry Coventry. Born at Charlton Park, Wiltshire he came to Winchester from Rev. L.G.W. Wesley’s school and played for Commoner XV in 1894.

In 1898 he succeeded to the title as nineteenth Earl of Suffolk and twelfth Earl of Berkshire, and the same year went out to India as ADC on the staff of the Viceroy, Lord Curzon. He returned to England in 1904 to live at Charlton Park and took an active part in local affairs. Some time before the war he helped to raise and equip a battery of field artillery for Wiltshire, and at the outbreak of war held the rank of Major. A few months later he was sent to India and after a period in garrison at Meerut, took over command of a battery in Mesopotamia in the autumn of 1916.

He fell on April 21st 1917 during the victorious advance on Baghdad, hit in the chest by a Turkish shrapnel shell at the age of thirty-nine. He was buried on the battlefield, but was later buried in Grave III.S.1 of the Basra War Cemetery. He commanded his battery throughout, and especially on the day of his death, with the greatest skill, and was once mentioned in Despatches.

InĀ 1904 he married Miss Marguerite Hyde Leiter of Washington, and left three sons. He was devoted to all outdoor sports, being a Steward of the National Hunt Committee, and enjoyed much popularity among his tenants.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Howard
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Molyneux Paget, Earl of Suffolk and Berkshire
  • House: H
  • Years in School: 1891-1894
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Field Artillery
  • Date of Birth: 13th September 1877
  • Date of Death: 21st April 1917
  • How Died: Killed in action
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H6
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: BASRA WAR CEMETERY: Grave III.S.1