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Cornet Arthur Lyttleton ANNESLEY — 11th Hussars

Recorded as "Lyttleton" in military documents. Also "Annersley", "Lyttelton Lyttelton-Annesley", and "Lyttelton Annesley" (with and without a hyphen).


Born in Dublin, 2nd of September 1837.

Death & burial

Died at Templemere, Weybridge, Surrey, 16th of February 1926 aged 88.

Death registered

Arthur L.L. Annesley, March Quarter, 1926, 88, Chertsey.

From The Times, 10th of February 1926:

"We regret to announce the death of Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Lyttleton Lyttleton-Annesley, K.C.V.O. who died on Tuesday at Weybridge in his 89th year. Sir Arthur was one of a fast disappearing group of Crimean veterans. A man of good birth and distinguished appearance, he seemed a typical link with the old Army. He had out-lived most of his contemporaries, but with his old-fashioned courtesy and kindness, he remained a welcome figure amongst the younger generation and his loss will be deeply regretted... The funeral will be at St. Peter's Church, Arley, Worcestershire.

From the Surrey Herald and News, 19th of February 1926:

"Oatlands Park has lost another of its distinguished residents by the death on Tuesday of Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Lyttleton-Annesley, K.C.V.O of "Templemere", Oatlands Park, Weybridge. The gallant general served in the Crimean War and was present at the siege of Sebastopol. Born on the 2nd of September 1837, he was the eldest son of the late Mr. A. Lyttleton-Annesley, of Arley Castle in Staffordshire and Camolin Park, Co. Wexford.

He was educated at Harrow, and in 1854 he entered the 11th Hussars as a Cornet. For his services he received the Crimean medal with clasp and the Turkish medal. He also possessed the Coronation medals of both King Edward the V11 and King George the V, the Kaiser I Hind Medal and was Knight Commander of the Order of Christ of Portugal.

He served for some ten years in India with the 11th Hussars, which he also commanded for some years, and brought them home. Other positions he filled were as Aide de Camp to H.R.H. the Duke of Cambridge, Assistant Adjutant-General of the Bombay Army and commanded the Troops in Scotland for some years. He was also awarded the Good Service pension for Distinguished and Meritorious Services. In 1875-76 he was on the Staff of the Prince of Wales and returned to England with His Royal Highness through Egypt. In 1903 he was created Knight Commander of the Victorian Order and appointed Honorary Colonel of the 11th (P.O.A.) Hussars. The late Sir A. Lyttleton-Annesley was un-married...

The body of the late General will, it is understood, be conveyed to Woking this (Friday) morning, for cremation. The ashes will repose during the week-end at "Templemere," and will afterwards be removed to Upper Arley, Staffordshire [sic] for the interment, which will take place on Tuesday. Full military honours will attend the ceremony."

From the Kidderminster Times, 27th of February 1926:

"The funeral of Lieut. General Sir Arthur Lyttleton Lyttleton-Annesley took place at Arley, Worcestershire, on Tuesday afternoon in the presence of a very distinguished gathering of relatives and friends; the interment being made in the family burial ground on the north side of St. Peter's and within view of Arley Castle, which was formerly owned by the deceased's family. The service for the burial of the dead was conducted by the Vicar, the Revd. S.H.S. Spooner. [Then follows a list of mourners and those who sent floral tributes.]

The body of Sir Arthur was cremated at St. John's Crematorium at Woking, on Friday the 19th. and the ashes were taken to his late residence at Weybridge, where they remained until Monday morning, when the cabinet containing them was conveyed by road to Arley-on-Severn and placed in the chancel of the Parish Church of St. Peter's, where it remained, flower-laden, till the funeral service on the following afternoon, the St. George's Cross being lowered to half-mast until after the funeral in token of the mourning of the parish. Blinds were generally drawn throughout Arley as evidence of respect to the memory of the departed General.

The ashes were contained in an inner and outer cabinet of oak, and on the brass plate of the latter was the following inscription: "Arthur Lyttleton Lyttleton-Annesley, K.C.B. K.C.V.O. Lieutenant-General. Born 2nd September 1837 — Died 16th February 1926." The cabinet was deposited in a vault in the family burial-ground on the north side of Arley Church, being lowered into the space reserved for it by the deceased's two servants, Messrs. V. Champion and C. Head. Two small clusters of violets were deposited on the cabinet and buried with it.

A firing party of the 11th Hussars fired three volleys over the grave, followed by the 'Last Post' being sounded on the trumpets. The military party was under the control of Lieutenant-Colonel F.H. Sutton."

There is an Annesley window in Arley Church to the members of his greater family.

St Peter, Arley, Worcestershire c.1904.

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A family vault of the Lyttelton-Annesley family on the north-west side of St Peter's church at Arley is now (1989) almost overgrown by a large yew tree. Just to the left of the yew tree is a red granite gravestone commemorating Arthur Lyttelton-Annesley (the father of General Annesley).

The stone has an additional inscription recording "Arthur Lyttelton Lyttelton-Annesley. KCB. KCVO. Lt. General. Born Sept. 2nd 1837 — Died Feb. 16th 1926."

On the north side of the east window of the All Saint's Chapel in the church there is a brass plaque, attached to the wall at shoulder height, which reads:


"Sacred to the memory of Lt. General Sir Arthur

Lyttelton Lyttelton-Annesley, KCB. KCVO. Honorary

Coat of arms of the Colonel 11th Prince Albert's Own Hussars. Born

Annesley family. 2 September 1837 — Died 16 February 1826. Eldest

son of the late Arthur Lyttelton Annesley of

Arley Castle, Staffordshire, and Camolin Park,

County Wexford and Mary, daughter of John Bradley

of Colbourne Hall, Staffordshire.

Requiescat in Pace."

According to the incumbent at Arly:

"Even today [1989], Sir Arthur is not entirely forgotten in Arly. In his estate a small bequest was left to the parish for use at the discretion of the Vicar. Last Christmas (1988) this provided two small Christmas presents to former Arly residents who are now living outside the parish and were therefore beyond the benefit of other parochial charities."

In 1908, Arthur Lyttelton-Annesley erected a memorial to his family at St Peter's Church, Farnborough, Hants:

Memorial to Annesley family in St Peter's Church, Farnham

Memorial to Annesley family placed in St Peter's Church, Farnham, 1908.


Viscount Valentia and Baron Mount Norris in the Peerage of Ireland

P.C. Treasurer of the Navy 1667 Lord Privy Seal to His Majesty King

CHARLES 2nd 1673. He died April 6th 1686 and is buried in this church

Also the following members of the ANNESLEY family interred here

JAMES 2nd Earl of Anglesey Eldest son of the 1st Earl died 1st April 1690

JAMES ANNESLEY died 21st Januy 1702 ] sons of the 2nd Earl

JOHN ANNESLEY died 10th Sept 1710 ]- and successively

ARTHUR ANNESLEY died 1st April 1737 ] Earls of Anglesey

ARTHUR ANNESLEY the 5th Earl was one of the Lords Justices of England,

after the death of Queen ANNE, till after the arrival of King GEORGE the 1st

and High Steward of the University of Cambridge P.C.

ALTHAM ANNESLEY, 1st Baron Altham 2nd son of the 1st Earl of

Anglesey, died 26th April 1699

MARY, daughter of the 1st Baron HAVERSHAM and wife of ARTHUR

5th Earl of ANGLESEY, died January 20th 1719

Also of the 1st Earl of Tyrone, who died a prisoner in the

Tower of London, 14th October 1690

He married the Lady DOROTHY ANNESLEY, daughter of the 1st

Earl of Anglesey

Erected in memory of his ancestors by
Colonel 11th Prince Alberts Own Hussars

[Source: http://www.stpetersfarnborough.org.uk/mis/mipages/fboromi.htm, accessed 6.8.12]


St Peter, Arley, Worcestershire c.1904.

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