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Wavell, Earl (UK, 1947 - 1953)


Creation: let.pat. 1 May 1947


Extinct: 24 Dec 1953


Family name: Wavell




Azure a Chevron between three Fleurs-de-lis Or a Bordure Argent charged with six Martlets Gules


A Demi-Lion holding between the paws a Human Heart vulned proper


Dexter: A soldier of the Black Watch in field service uniform supporting with his exterior hand a Rifle;  Sinister: A Scholar of Winchester College in his gown holding in his exterior hand a Closed Book, all proper


 Pro patria



Archibald Percival [Wavell], 1st Viscount Wavell later 1st Earl Wavell, GCB GCSI GCIE KCVO CMG MC PC

1st son and heir of Maj Gen Archibald Graham Wavell CB, of Little Somborne, Ringwood, co. Hampshire, by his wife Lillie Percival, dau. of R N Percival, of Springfields, Bradwell, co. Chester


5 May 1883


22 Apr 1915 Eugenie Marie Quirk, only dau. of Col J O Quirk CB DSO


1. Hon Archibald John Arthur Wavell, later 2nd Earl Wavell

1. Lady Eugenie Pamela Wavell, Cmdt VAD 5th Scottish Hospital, Cairo 1942 (b. 2 Dec 1918), mar. 14 Mar 1942 Lt Col A F W Humphreys MBE, and had issue

2. Lady Felicity Ann Wavell (b. 21 Jul 1921), mar. 20 Feb 1947 Capt P M Longmore MC, son of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Longmore, and had issue

3. Lady Joan Patricia Quirk Wavell (b. 23 Apr 1923), mar. (1) 27 Jan 1943 Maj Hon Simon Nevill Astley (b. 13 Aug 1919; dvp. 16 Mar 1946), 2nd son of Albert Edward Delaval [Astley], 21st Baron Hastings, by his wife Lady Margueritte Helen Nevill, only child by his second wife of Henry Gilbert Ralph [Nevill], 3rd Marquess of Abergavenny, (2) 19 Jun 1948 Maj Harry Alexander Gordon MC (d. 19 Jun 1965), 2nd son of Cdr Alastair Gordon DSO RN, and (3) Maj Donald Struan Robertson (d. 1991), son of Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Arnold Robertson GCMG KBE, and has issue by her first and second husbands


24 May 1950


22 Jul 1943 Viscount Wavell, of Cyrenaica and of Winchester in the County of Southampton

1 May 1947 Viscount Keren, of Eritrea and of Winchester in the County of Southampton, and Earl Wavell

suc. by



entered the Army 1901; served in South Africa 1901-02; served on the Indian Frontier; served in World War I 1914-18; MC 1918; CMG 1919; Cmdr 6th Infantry Brigade Aldershot 1930-34; Cmdr 2nd Division Aldershot 1935-37; CB 1935; commanded troops in Palestine and Transjordan 1937-38; GOCS Command 1938-39; KCVO 1939; Commander-in-Chief Middle East 1939-41, in which position he completely defeated the Italians in Libya under Marshal Graziani and took over 133,000 Italian prisoners; GCB 1941; Commander-in-Chief India 1941-43; Supreme Allied Commander South West Pacific 1942; GCSI, GCIE and Privy Councillor 1943; Viceroy and Governor-General of India 1943-47; Constable of the Tower of London 1948-50


Archibald John Arthur [Wavell], 2nd Earl Wavell, MC


11 May 1916


24 Dec 1953


served in Palestine 1936-39 ; served in World War II 1939-45; MC 1947; Major, Black Watch; killed in a Mau Mau skirmish in Kenya


On the death of the 2nd Earl Wavell the Earldom of Wavell and his other peerage titles became extinct.


 First written 11 Apr 2005



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