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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The 2nd Baron Wigram, MC, DL 1915-2017

_. Lieutenant-Colonel the Lord Wigram, MC, DL, 2nd baron, died at his home in Cirencester, 23 May, 2017. He was in his 102nd year.

Lord Wigram served King George V as a Page of Honour, 1925-32, Lieut-Col Grenadier Guards in WW2 (MC), Commanded the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards, 1955-56, &c.

George Neville Clive Wigram was born 2 Aug 1915, the son of the then Clive Wigram, assistant private secretary to HM King George V, by his wife the former Nora Mary Chamberlain (d 1956).

His father (1873-1960) was briefly Private Secretary to King George V 1935-Jan 1936, and was raised to the peerage as Baron Wigram, 25 June, 1935. The 1st Baron was also extra equerry & private secretary to King Edward VIII, and a Lord in Waiting to King George VI and to Queen Elizabeth II.

Neville Wigram succeeded his father, 3 Sept, 1960; he married 19 Jul 1941, Margaret Helen Thorne (d 1986), a granddaughter of the 2nd Baron Penrhyn, daughter of Gen Sir Augustus Thorne, by whom he had issue, a son and two daughters.

The peerage devolves upon his son, Maj The Hon Andrew Francis Clive Wigram, MVO (b 18 Mar 1949), sometime Extra Equerry to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

The funeral takes place at the Church of St Michael & All Angels, Poulton, Cirencester, Friday 23 June, 2017.

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