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Alanbrooke, Viscount (UK, 1946)


Creation: let. pat. 29 Jan 1946


Extinct: 10 Jan 2018


Family name: Brooke




Or a Cross engrailed per pale Gules and Sable in the first quarter a Crescent of the second


A Brock proper


On either side an Officer of the Royal Horse Artillery in full dress proper supporting with the exterior hand an Escutcheon Azure charged with seven Barrulets wavy Argent surmounted by a Salmon rising Gules


Gloria Finis (Glory to the end)



Alan Francis [Brooke], 1st Baron Alanbrooke later 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, KG GCB GCVO OM DSO

6th son of Sir Victor Alexander Brooke, 3rd Bt., of Colebrooke, co. Fermanagh, by his wife Alice Sophia Bellingham, 2nd dau. of Sir Allan Edward Bellingham, 3rd Bt., of Castle Bellingham, co. Louth


23 Jul 1883

mar. (1)

28 Jul 1914 Jane Mary Richardson (d. 24 Apr 1925), dau. of Col John Mervyn Ashdall Carleton Richardson, of Rossfad, co. Fermanagh

children by first wife

1. Hon Thomas Brooke, later 2nd Viscount Alanbrooke

1. Hon Rosemary Brooke (b. 25 Oct 1918), mar. 13 Jul 1945 Capt Ronald Alastair Macdonald, son of Robert Macdonald, of Liverpool, co. Lancaster, and has issue

mar. (2)

7 Dec 1929 Benita Blanche Lees (widow of Sir Thomas Evans Keith Lees, 2nd Bt., of South Lytchet, co. Dorset;  d. 4 May 1968), 1st dau. of Sir Harold Pelly, 4th Bt., of Gillingham, co. Dorset, by his wife Anna Maria Poore, 2nd dau. of Maj Robert Poore, of Old Lodge, Salisbury, co. Wiltshire

children by second wife

2. Hon Alan Victor Harold Brooke, later 3rd Viscount Alanbrooke

2. Hon Kathleen Benita Brooke (b. 23 Jan 1931; dvp. following a riding accident 20 Nov 1961), mar. 8 Aug 1953 Lt Cdr Robert Oliver Vesey Stoney RN, of Rosturk Castle, Westport, co. Mayo, 1st son of Robert Vesey Stoney RNVR, and had issue


17 Jun 1963


18 Sep 1945 Baron Alanbrooke, of Brookeborough in the County of Fermanagh

29 Jan 1946 Viscount Alanbrooke, of Brookebrough in the County of Fermanagh

suc. by

son by first wife


served in World War I 1914-18 and World War II 1939-45; DSO 1917; Commandant, School of Artillery 1929-32; Instructor, Imperial Defence College 1932-34; Commander, 8th Infantry Brigade 1934-35; Inspector, Royal Artillery 1935-36; Director of Military Training at the War Office 1936-37; CB 1937; Commander, Mobile Division 1937-38; Commander-in-Chief Anti Aircraft Command (TA) 1938-39; General Officer Commander-in-Chief Southern 1939; Commander, 2nd Army Corps 1939-40; General Officer Commander-in-Chief British Expeditionary Force 1940; KCB 1940; Commnder-in-Chief Home Forces 1940-41; General 1940; Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1941-46;  ADC to King George VI 1942-46; Field Marshal 1944;  GCB 1945; Knight of the Garter 1946; OM 1946; Master Gunner, St James's Park 1946-56; Constable of HM Tower of London 1950-53;  Lord Lieutenant of London 1950-56; Lord High Constable of England 1953 (for the duration of the Coronation only); GCVO 1953


Thomas [Brooke], 2nd Viscount Alanbrooke


9 Jan 1920


19 Dec 1972

suc. by



served in the Royal Artillery during World War II; writer, farm labourer, liner steward and water colour artist


Alan Victor Harold [Brooke], 3rd Viscount Alanbrooke


24 Nov 1932


20 Jan 2018


On the death of the 3rd Viscount both the Viscountcy and Barony of Alanbrooke became extinct.


Last updated 10 Jan 2019



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