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- Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury (1881-1963) was born at Charleville Castle, Tullamore, King’s County (Offaly). He was the son of Captain Kenneth Howard (1846-1885) and Lady Emily Bury (1856-1931), heiress to the estates of the Earl of Charleville at Charleville Forest. Captain Howard, who assumed the additional name of Bury after his marriage in 1881, died in 1885, and Lord Lansdowne, Viceroy of India and a cousin, was appointed to be Charles Howard-Bury’s guardian. He was educated privately at Charleville, at Eton College, and at the Royal Military College in Sandhurst, graduating as Captain in 1904. From there he joined 60th Rifles in 1904 and was posted to India. Resuming army duties in 1915 he commanded the 7th and 9th battalions of the Kings Royal Rifles. During WWI Howard-Bury saw active service at Arras, the Somme, Passchendale, and Ypres. Only fifty members of the battalion survived the Somme. After Ypres Howard-Bury was taken prisoner by the Germans in 1918 and held at Furstenberg – having made a temporarily successful escape bid – until his release in 1919. He was mentioned in dispatches 7 times and was awarded the DSO in 1918.His pre-War travels in the East, and his linguistic skills were vital to the success of the 1921 Royal Geographic Society expedition to Mount Everest, of which he was leader. He published his account of it in Mount Everest: The Reconnaissance in 1922. He became a Member of Parliament in that same year, retiring in 1931 after inheriting the Charleville estate on the death of his mother. He spent the last few years of his life at Belvedere House, Co. Westmeath which he had inherited in 1912, and his villa Dar-al-Oued in Hammamet, in Tunis. He died at Belvedere House on 20 September 1963, bequeathing Charleville Castle to a cousin and Belvedere House to his companion the actor Rex Beaumont (1914-1988), whom he had met in England during the Second World War and with whom he spent the remainder of his life. Source: Manuscripts & Archives Research Library’s online exhibition Fit as Fiddles and as Hard as Nails: https://www.tcd.ie/library/fitasfiddles/the-authors/charles-kenneth-howard-bury/
- Related material: The sketchbooks of Howard-Bury's father, Kenneth Howard, are in TCD MSS 10805-10807a.
- TCD MSS 10821-10824 were purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd., 5-8 Lower John Street, Golden Square, London W1R 4AU 13 March 1995. They had earlier formed part of a lot 846 at Mealy's auction of 30 November 1994.
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|WWI diary of Charles Howard-Bury, 29 May to 8 September 1916||IE TCD MS 10821||Public|
|WWI diary of Charles Howard-Bury, 1st November 1916 to 25th September 1917||IE TCD MS 10822||Public|
|WWI prisoner of war journal of Charles Howard-Bury||IE TCD MS 10823||Public|
|Defensive measures against attacks||IE TCD MS 10824/23||Public|