Major the Hon A O W C Weld-Forester MVO


Arthur Orlando Wolstan Cecil Weld-Forester died at King Edward VII Hospital, London on 1 Nov 1914, from wounds received near Ypres, Belgium, on 29 Oct 1914, having gone out with the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards. He was the fifth son of Cecil, fifth Baron Forester and Baroness Forester, of Willey Park, Broseley, Shropshire, and was born in London on 13 July, 1877. He was a major, aged 37, commanding the King's Company. Arthur was educated at Harrow, and joined the Grenadier Guards from the 3rd Shropshire Light Infantry (Militia) in Dec 1897, becoming a Lieutenant in Oct 1899. With his battalion he served in Malta, and subsequently, under Sir Leslie Rundle, in the VIIIth Division through the Boer War, receiving the Queen's medal with three clasps and the King's medal with two clasps. He was promoted Captain in the 3rd Battalion in Jan 1905, of which he was Adjutant from Jan 1907 to 31 Dec 1909. From 1910 to 1912 he was ADC to Lord Hardinge, Viceroy of India, and was awarded the MVO for his services in that position during the visit of King George V. In 1912 he obtained his Majority, with the command of the King's Company of his Regiment. Major Weld Forester was a member of the Guards' and Turf Clubs, played cricket and golf, and was fond of hunting and shooting. He is buried near the south-east corner of the St John the Divine churchyard, Willey, Shropshire.


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by Stephen Luscombe