The Lord Tony Ashley

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Captain The Lord Tony Ashley
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04 Oct 1900 - 08 Mar 1947
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Lord Ashley 1937

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, the Eldest son of Earl and Countess of Shaftsbury he was found dead on his bed by his valet at his home Mainsail Haul, his Dorset home, near Wimbourne St Giles. He is buried in the family vault at St Giles Church. A post mortem showed he died from heart disease. He had been involved in a bad car accident three weeks before. 

In 1927 he was married to Louise Sylvia Hawkes, a musical comedy actress. In 1935 this marriage was dissolved and Louise went on to marry Douglas Fairbanks Sn. In 1937 Ashley married Francoise Soulier in Paris. The couple had two children before divorcing days before his death. Lady Shaftsbury was at the time, Extra Lady to the Bedchamber to Queen Mary.

Ashley was remembered as being the liveliest member of the family parties at Abergeldie Castle when King George was at Balmoral at which time he was allotted Lord Steward of the Household and Lord Shaftsbury.

Unit or location Role Posted from until
St Giles House, Dorset Intelligence Officer 15 Jul 1940 03 Feb 1941
Dorset Intelligence Officer 15 Jul 1940 03 Feb 1941
Phantom: The GHQ Liaison Regiment Phantom Officer 1942 1945

Caius College, Cambridge

The Intelligence Corps
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26 Jun 1925

Cadet Eton College Officer Training Corps

26 Jun 1925 Commissioned as Second Lieutenant to 94th (Dorset & Somerset Yeomanry) Field Brigade Royal Artillery, Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry

1929-30 Aide de Camp to The Governor of Bombay (now Mumbai)

1930-1931 Aide de Camp to the Commander in Chief India

2 May 1931 Restored to Unit as Lieutenant

26 Jun 1937 Promoted Captain

5 Mar 1938 Promoted Major

5 Jan 1940 From active list Wiltshire Yeomanry to be Major on the General List, possibly as moves to MI(R)

22 Jul 1940 Intelligence Officer Auxiliary Units Dorset Reverts to rank of Captain from Major at his own request while employed in the current emergency

Transferred as Captain to Intelligence Corps

18 Dec 1941 Transferred to Royal Armoured Corps, served with 10th Hussars

8 Nov 1943 Appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dorset by his father.

9 Nov 1942 Transferred to GHQ Liaison Regiment "Phantom". He commanded the Headquarters Squadron and served through the campaign in North West Europe 1944-45.

30 May 1947 Awarded Efficiency Decoration.

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Lord Ashley Wedding The Sketch 7 April 1937
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Ashley Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry The Tatler 1937
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Lord and Lady Ashley The Sketch 23 June 1937