Fox-Strangways, Theodore Stephen


Eldest son of the Reverend Henry Fox-Strangways, Rector of Silverton, Collompton, Devon and Charlotte Chester Fox-Strangways, nee Copleston, he was the fifth of nine children. The College Archive contains no information about his time in the school.

The Register of 1867-1920 states “Lieut 2nd Batt Royal Irish Rifles 1884; in Sudan, Battle of Suakim, 1888 (medal with clasp and Khedive’s Star); Staff Capt 1893; Major Royal Irish Rifles 1904; in South Africa 1899-1900 as Assist. Provost-Marshal and Intelligence Officer (medal with 3 clasps, King’s medal with two clasps); Comm. Depot Royal Irish Rifles. Married 21 April 1898, Rosamund Cleeve Newton”.

Further research suggests that his first military service was as a Lieutenant in the 4th Battalion Devonshire Regiment, later joining the 2nd Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles in 1884. In 1888 he was attached to the Mounted Infantry in Egypt, seeing action at Suakin that year. He was promoted to Staff Lieutenant and assistant to the Provost Marshal in Egypt in 1889. By 1896, by then a Captain, he passed his examinations for the Staff College. From 1899 – 1900 he served in the Boer War as Assistant Provost-Marshal and as an Intellegence Officer. He was promoted to Major in 1904 and went into the Reserve of Officers in 1905 on retired pay.

When the war broke out he came out of retirement as Depot Commander for his old regiment and died in an accident at home, falling down the stairs and breaking his neck, at Haygrass House, Taunton on 19th March 1917.

There is no entry for him in the pictorial “Wykehamists Who Died in the War”, though he does appear in the “Wykehamist War Service Roll 1914-1919”.   The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has no record of him, which suggests he had retired from the Army before his death.

War: World War 1

  • Surname: Fox-Strangways
  • Forenames or initials: Theodore Stephen
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1876-1879
  • Rank: Major
  • Regiment: Royal Irish Rifles
  • Date of Birth: 4th July 1862
  • Date of Death: 19th March 1917
  • How Died: Unknown
  • Location in War Cloister: Outer H1
  • Decoration: NA
  • Burial Site: Ashes interred in his parents' grave at Silverton Church, Devon