CHAPTER XXI

 

ALFRED HARMSWORTH AND GERALDINE MARY MAFFETT HIS WIFE AND THEIR DESCENDANTS

 

Geraldine Mary Maffett, b. 24 Dec 1838, 7th dau. of William Maffett (the younger, Chap XX), m. 21 Sep 1864 Alfred Harmsworth, b. 3 Jul 1837 (ob. 16 Jul 1889); Barrister-at-Law Mid Temple, London, only son of Charles Harmsworth of London. Their children were:-

(1) The Right Hon. Sir Alfred Charles William Harmsworth, b. 16 Jul 1865, at Chapelizod, Co. Dublin; Viscount Northcliffe of St. Peter's in the Co of Kent; creation 23 Nov 1917; Baron Northcliffe of the Isle of Thanet, creation 23 Dec 1905 ; and a Baronet of the United Kingdom; m. 11 April 1880, Mary Elizabeth G.B.E., dau. of Robert Milner, Esq., of Kidlington Oxon.;

(2) Geraldine Adelaide Hamilton Harmsworth, of whom presently;

(3) The Right Hon, Sir Harold Sidney Harmsworth, Visct. Rothermere, of whom presently;

(4) Cecil Bisshop Harmsworth, of whom presently;

(5) Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth, of whom presently;

(6) Hildebrand Aubrey Harmsworth, of whom presently;

(7) Albert St. John Harmsworth. b. 19 May 1876; B.A. Christ Church, Oxon.;

(8) Vyvyan Geo. Harmsworth, of whom presently;

(9) Violet Grace Harmsworth, of whom presently;

(10) Christabel Rose Harmsworth, of whom presently.

 

Geraldine Adelaide Hamilton Harmsworth, m. 12 Feb 1891, Sir Lucas White King, Knt, son of Deputy Surgeon General Henry King, Indian Medical service, Madras; educated at Ennis Coll. and Dublin University Exhibitioner, and Honourman, Trin. Coll., Dublin, where he took the degrees of B.A. and LL.B. (1878) and LL.D. (1896). Entered Indian Civil Service 1878, and has since held, among others, the following appointments: Assist. Resident, Mysore (1887); First Assistant of the A.G.G., Central India (1888); Deputy Coms. Derah Ismail Khan (1890-95); Political Officer, Zhob Valley Field Force (1890); Political Officer, Waziristan Field Force, 1894 (despatches, medal and clasp); Boundary Officer Indo-Afghan Demarcation Commission, 1895; Deputy Comr. Peshawar, 1895; Deputy Comr. Kohat, 1897-1900; Political Officer Kohat-Kurram Filed Force, and subsequently of the Tirah Expeditionary Force, 1897-98 (despatches, medal with three clasps, C.S.I.); Deputy Comr. Kangra; Comr. Lahore; Comr. Salt Revenue Northern India; Comr. Multan; Comr. Rawalpindi; Coronation (Durbar) Medal 1902; resigned I.C.S.; Professor of Oriental languages, Dublin University, 1905; J.P. Co. Dublin, 1906; Publications : Brochures on Oriental Numismatics, and Monograph on the Orazkai Country and Clans. Knight Bachelor 1919; Companion of the Star of India, 1898; F.S.A. Member of the following Societies: Antiquaries of London; Antiquaries of Ireland; Royal Asiatic: Royal Dublin; and Royal Irish Academy. Their children were:-

(1) Elinor Mary Kathleen King;

(2) Sheila Geraldine King, m. 22 Mar 1917, at St. Thomas's Church, Foster Avenue (Parish of Taney), Co. Dublin, John Blyth Falls, Lieutenant, Royal Navy.

(3) Lucas Henry St. Aubyn King, educate at Winchester Coll.; Lieut. King's Royal Rifles. Killed in action at Ypres in Flanders 8 May 1915. Memorial Brass in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin.

(4) Enid Madeleine King, m. 5 April 1920, at St. Thomas's Church, Foster Avenue, near Dublin, Herbert Bland Stokes, youngest son of Sir Gabriel Stokes, K.C.S.I. and May Florence his wife, eldest da. of James Franklin Fuller, F.S.A., of Glashnacree, Co. Kerry-(see Burke's L.G.). H.B. Stokes obtained a commission in the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 23 Sep 1914; Capt May 1915; Adjutant; Staff Capt.; went to France January 1916, where he served as Brigade Bombing Officer; very seriously wounded 10 April 1916; demobilised, with permanent rank of Capt. 9 Jan 1919.

(5) Cecil Harmsworth King. Educated at Winchester Coll. and Christ Church, Oxon.

(6) Alfred Curzon White King. Educated at Winchester Coll. Lost in the sinking of R.M.S. "Leinster" by a German submarine in the Irish Channel, 10 Oct 1918, aged 15.

(7) Geraldine Sophie White King.

 

The Right Hon. Sir Harold Sidney Harmsworth, b. 26 Apr 1868; Viscount Rothmere, creation April 1919, Baron Rothmere of Hemstead in the county of Kent; creation 17 Jan 1914 and a Baronet of the United Kingdom; m. 4 Jul 1893. Mary Lilian, dau. of George Wade Shore, Esq., of Forest Hill, Surrey. Their children were:

(a) The Honourable Harold Vyvyan St. George Harmsworth, b. on 2 Aug 1894; educated at Fonthill and Eton, Irish Guards; 2nd Lieut. August 1914; Lieut. Nov 1014; Capt. Jan 1917. Was Aide-de-camp to Field Marshall Lord French. 1917. Served in France; three times wounded; severely wounded at Cambrai in Nov 1917; died in London, 12 Feb 1918; was awarded the M.C. but the announcement only appeared after his death. The official report of the services for which the ward was conferred states; "In an attack he led his company forward under heavy fire, and himself put out of action two enemy machine guns. It was entirely due to his splendid example that his company reached their objective."

(b) The Honourable Vere Sidney Tudor Harmsworth, b. 25 Sep 1895; educated at Osborne and Dartmouth Naval College. Entered the Royal Navy as a Midshipman. Retired in consequence of deafness caused by gunfire: took service in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in which he was a Lieut.; was present at the bombardment of Antwerp, October 1914; was interned in Holland, from whence he escaped; served at Gallipoli and in France, and was killed in action at the Battle of Ancre, 13 Nov 1916. The Commanding Officer of his battalion (the Drake Battalion of the Royal Naval Division) wrote of him, "The men of his battalion who survived the action are thrilled with pride in his name. He led his company in the attack on the first German trenches. He saw that these were cleared of the Germans, and advanced with a number of men on the second line. In or near this line he was again wounded, this time on the right shoulder. Almost immediately he got up and collected such men as were near him, and led the attack on the third line. Just before reaching it he was hit by a shell, and instantly killed. During the greater part of this time he was commanding the attacking line, and by his endurance and courage got the men forward at a critical juncture." His father founded the Vere Harmsworth Chair of Naval History at Cambridge in his memory, November, 1918.

(c) The Honourable Esmond Cecil Harmsworth, b. 26 May 1898; educated at Eton; Lieut. Royal Marine Artillery, May 1917. M.P. for Thanet Division of Kent, 1919.

 

Cecil Bisshop Harmsworth, b. 28 Sep 1869. M.A. Trin. Coll., Dublin; M.P. for Droitwich from 1906 to 1910, and for Luton Division of Beds. from 1911; Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs, 1919; m. 28 April 1897, his cousin Emilie Alberta Maffett. Their children were:-

(1) Cecil Alfred Harmsworth, b. 20 Mar 1895; ob. 8 Feb 1899.

(2) Cecil Desmond Bernard Harmsworth, b. 19 Aug 1903; educated at Eton.

(3) Eric Beauchamp Northcliffe Harmsworth, b. 28 Aug 1905; educated at Eton;

(4) Stella Mary Harmsworth, b. 4 Aug and ob 7 Oct 1899.

(5) Daphne Cecil Rosemary Harmsworth.

 

Sir Robert Leicester Harmsworth, b. 1 Nov 1870; M.P. for Caithnessshire from 1900. Baronet of the United Kingdom; m. 13 Feb 1892, Annie Louise, da. of the late Thomas Scott, Esq., of Cornard, Suffolk, and Wandsworth Common. Their children are:-

(1) Alfred Leicester St. Barbe Harmsworth, b. 1892. Joined 9th London Regt. (Queen Victoria's Rifles) 2 Sep 1914; appointed Lance-Corpl. Jan 1915; Commissioned 2nd Lieut. in the Gloucester Regt. 18 Jan 1915. Severely wounded at Thiepval during the Battle of the Somme, 15 Aug 1916. Ten months in hospital at Boulogne, Fishmongers Hall, London, and Brighton; promoted 1st Lieut. 1st July 1917; Assistant Private Secretary to the Under Secretary of State for War (The Rt. Hon. Ian Macpherson, M.P.) Aug 1917 to 18 May 1918; Department Director General Movements and Railways May to Sep 1918; promoted Capt. as Assistant Embarkation Staff Officer 12 Sep 1918; invalided out owing to ill-health caused by his wounds 8 Feb 1919.

(2) Harold Cecil Aubrey Harmsworth, b. 1897. Joined Oxford University O.T.C. in Jan 1916; joined St. John's Wood Royal Horse Artillery Officers Cadet School 28 Oct 1916; Commissioned 2nd Lieut. Royal Garrison Artillery 20 Apr 1917; joined 493 Siege Battery R.G.A., Sep 1917; transferred to Royal Marine Artillery 28 Mar 1918; promoted 1st Lieut. 20 Apr 1918; joined 3rd Royal Marine Battn. at Mudros, 4 Aug 1918. Service with 3rd R.M. Battn. at Mudros, Imbros, Dardanelles, the Bosphorus and at Sebastopol, the Crimea, Russia. Returned home for demobilisation Feb, 1919.

(3) Robert Lovel St. John Harmsworth, b. 1898; served in Oxford University O.T.C. Rejected for military service owing to ill-health;

(4) Arthur Geoffrey Anesley Harmsworth, b. 1904;

(5) Annie Mary Geraldine ;

(6) Violet Lilian Rosemary Harmsworth;

(7) Margaret Rosabelle Harmsworth.

 

Hildebrand Aubrey Harmsworth, b. 15 Mar 1872; Merton Coll., Oxon.; m. 4 Jul 1900, Kathleen Mary dau. of E. Denny Berton, M.B., C.M., Edinburgh, of St. John's, New Brunswick, and London. Their children are:-

(1) Hildebrand Alfred Beresford Harmsworth, b. 27 May 1901;

(2) Ronald Aubrey Leicester Harmsworth, b. 23 Nov 1902;

(3) Chamberlain Michael Hildebrand Harmsworth, b. 3 Dec 1903,

(4) Perceval Anthony Thomas Hildebrand Harmsworth, b. 29 Dec 1907.

 

Vyvyan George Harmsworth, b. 16 April 16 April 1881; educated at Charterhouse and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Served in the Army Service Corps 1915-1918; m. 6 Jun 1906, Constance Gwendoline Mary, dau. of C. W. Catt, Esq., of the Outlands, Driffield, Derby. Their children are:-

(1) St, John Bernd. Vyvyan Harmsworth, b. 28 Nov 1912;

(2) Charles Alfred St. John Peter Harmsworth, b. 6 Jul 1914;

(3) Stanley George Michael St. John Harmsworth, b. 13 Oct 1916.

 

Violet Grace Harmsworth, m. 7 March 1906. Wilfred Hubert Wild, son of the Rev. Robert Louis Wild, Rector of Hurstmonceux, Co. Sussex; 2nd Lieut. Northumberland Fusiliers 19 May 1895; Capt. May 1900; Major Sept 1915; Brevet Lieut-Col. Northumberland Fusiliers Jan 1919. Appointments Adjutant 4th Batt. N.F. May 1900 to May to May 1914; Staff Officer for Musketry, graded as Brigade Major 1905-1907; Adjutant 4th Batt. Bedfordshire Regt. Oct 1911-Huly 1915. War services Operations in France and Flanders Jul 1915 till Oct 1916; Lieut-Col. 1st Batt. Northumberland Fusiliers Aug 1915 till Oct 1916; Assistant Commandant Commanding Officers School Oct 1916 till April 1917; Lieut-Col. 18th Officer Cadet Batt April 1917 to present date (1920). Engagements Battle of Hooge, Sept 1915; Ypres Salient, Oct 1915; St. Eloi, March 1916; The Somme Battle, Jul 14 till Aug 19 1916; Bazentin-le Grand, Longueaval, Delville Wood. Mentions and rewards Mentioned in Despatches, and awarded the D.S.O. for service in the field, March 1916; mentioned in the C.inC.'s despatches (Somme), Dec 1916; mentioned in War . despatches Aug 1917; mentioned in ..despatches Dec 1917; mentioned in despatches and promoted to Lieut-Col, Jan 1919. Their children are:- (1) Harold Wilfred Harmsworth Wild, b. 12 Dec 1906;

(2) Violet Mary Harmsworth Wild;

(3) Pansey Grace Wild;

(4) Marjorie Joan Wild;

(5) Victor Louis Vyvyan Harmsworth Wild, b. 5 Jan 1918.

 

Christabel Rose Harmsworth, m. 14 Jun 1905, Percy Collingwood Burton of the Old House, Totteridge, Herts. Appointed Aug 1914 by Central Recruiting Depot, War Office, to control outdoor and general publicity campaign for new Army; Commissioned Sept. 1914, and appointed Officer i/c West London Recruiting Depots, of White City, Hammersmith, ..; gazetted Lieut. A/S.C. Dec 1914; Promoted Capt. Feb 1915 and appointed Adjutant No. 2 Reserve Horse Transport depot, Blackheath (Lieut-Col. J. Canny, D.S.O., Comdg); appointed Major Comdg 666 A.S.C. Co Blackheath, Mar 1916. To France Aug 1916 appointed 2nd in Command A.S.C. Base (H.T.) depot Havre (Lieut-Col Wakelin, Comdg, Lecturing and Training duties; appointed Jan 1917, Deputy Assistant Director of Labour, VII Corps, B.E.F., France; appointed Aug 1917, Deputy Assistant Director of Labour, Third Army, B.E.F., France; appointed, Mar 1918, Assistant Labour Commandant, Fourth Army, B.E.F., France; promoted Feb 1919, Lieut-Col. and appointed Deputy Controller of Labour , G.H.Q., France. Has acted as Labour Commandant Third and Fourth Armies during absence of Labour Commandants. Took part in all operations of the Third and Fourth Armies during 1917-1918 on the Arras and Somme fronts and the advance to Germany. Mentioned in despatches, Jan 1919, and awarded O.B.E., Jan 1919. Previous war service One year South African Campaign, with Duke of Cambridge's Own Imperial Yeomanry; captured at Lindley, prisoner with Boers for two and a half months. Their children are:-

(1) Percy Basil Harmsworth Burton, b. 27 Jul 1906;

(2) Christabel Mary Harmsworth Burton;

(3) Barbara Geraldine Northcliffe Burton;

(4) Lucas John Harmsworth Burton, b. 4 Jan 1916.

 

Chapter XXII

 

CONTENTS