The Hon Alexander George Agar-Robartes MC

The Hon Alexander George Agar-Robartes was born on 12 Apr 1895 the 5th son of Thomas Charles Agar Roberts and Mary Dickinson. He joined the 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards and is first mentioned in Ponsonby's history as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Company in Sept 1915. He was wounded in the Battle of Loos at the Hohenzollern Redoubt on 8 Oct 1915, the same day that his older brother Arthur Victor, machine-gun officer in the 2nd Battalion, was also wounded. In Jan 1917 Alexander is listed as a lieutenant, Lewis Gun Officer in the 3rd Battalion. By July he had been appointed Adjutant, and reached the rank of captain by October 1917. He was awarded the MC, gazetted 26 Nov 1917. He was still Adjutant in August 1918. His brother Thomas was an officer in the Coldstream Guards and was killed at Loos while rescuing a comrade under fire on 30 Sep 1915, being recommended for the VC. After the war Alexander was ADC to the Viceroy of India from 1919 to 1920. The photo shows him in the Guards frockcoat in his role as ADC, at Simla 1920. He died on 16 Feb 1930 aged 35.

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