Lieutenant A J R Lamb DSO


Algernon Joseph Rutherford Lamb was born on 4 Oct 1891, the son of William Rutherford Lamb JP and Alice Mitford of Goldsborough Hall, near Knaresborough, Yorkshire. This property was owned by the Lacelles family who also owned Harewood House, Leeds and were known slave owners. Algernon joined the Queen's Bays in 1911 while they were at Aldershot. As a lieutenant he went with them to France in 1914 and distinguished himself greatly at the battle of Nery on 1 Sep. He was the machine-gun officer and brought two guns to bear on the German artillery 800 yards away. He wrote lengthy and detail accounts of his time in WW1 which can be read in his Diaries.

Algernon was married twice; firstly to Grace Galloway Frances Denys-Burton in 1921, and secondly to Phillipa Mabel Taylor in 1940 of Towcaster. There were two sons from the first marriage, William b. 1927 and Michael b. 1931, but it ended in divorce. Major A J R Lamb DSO was appointed Admin Officer Territorial Army Royal Engineers in April 1939. He died on 18 Dec 1941 aged 50 and his memorial is in Silverstone (St Michael) Churchyard. Interesting research on Algernon Lamb can be found on the website of a family researcher.


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by Stephen Luscombe