Major (The Hon.) Robert Ryder died on 30/11/1917. He was the son of Henry, fourth Earl of Harrowby and husband of Beryl Ryder, of 35 Cadogan Place, London.
Local sources say the family's Surrey home was at High Ashurst, Mickleham and the Ryders were Lords of the Manor of Headley. The Earl of Harrowby's principal residence is Sandon Hall in Staffordshire.
Major Hon. Robert Nathaniel Dudley Ryder was born on 7 December 1882.1 He was the son of Henry Ryder, 4th Earl of Harrowby and Susan Juliana Maria Hamilton Dent. He fought in the Boer War between 1900 and 1902, gaining the rank of Major in the service of the 8th Hussars. He married Beryl Angas, daughter of Charles Angas, on 16 September 1908 at St. George's Church, St. George Street, Hanover Square, London, England.
He died on 30 November 1917 at age 34, killed in action. His children
were Geoffrey Dudley Ryder b. 8 Aug 1909, d. 14 Jun 1972 and Rosemary
Beryl Ryder b. 8 Aug 1909
21 Feb 09 Ian Whitlock adds: Major Ryder died leading his squadrons in what may have been the last mounted action of the 8th Hussars. Whilst it seems unlikely that there was a cavalry charge, the 8th Hussars used their mobility to move quickly to neutralise a German counter-attack and succeeded in capturing 2 Maxim machine guns which are prized Royal Irish Hussars regimental trophies to this very day.
8th Hussars: http://www.qrh.org.uk/history5a.htm
8th Hussars on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8th_Hussars
Sidney Pinchin on Hurst War memorial: http://www.warmemorial.org.uk/ww1.php?p=24
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY - BRITISH CAVALRY ON THE WESTERN FRONT 1916-1918, D Kenyon corrected thesis, pages 188-92
Earl of Harrowby: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_of_Harrowby
Obituary of 7th Earl of Harrowby, died October 9 2007 aged 84: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1566376/The-Earl-of-Harrowby.html
Sandon Hall: http://www.sandonhall.co.uk/history.asp
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