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Melbury House, Melbury Sampford, Dorchester DT2 0LF, Regno Unito

Countess of Ilchester with her two children: Lady Mary Theresa Herbert (née Fox-Strangways) (1903-1948), Extra Woman of the Bedchamber to the Queen; wife of Sir John Arthur Herbert; daughter of 6th Earl of Ilchester, and Edward Henry Charles James Fox-Strangways, 7th Earl of Ilchester (1905-1964), Soldier. by Speaight Ltd
matte print on photographer's card mount, circa 1908
5 1/2 in. x 3 5/8 in. (139 mm x 93 mm)
Given by D. Charlwood on behalf of Mrs H.M. Haylock, 2004
Photographs Collection
NPG x126419Edward Henry Charles James, 7th Earl of Ilchester GBE DL (1 October 1905 – 21 August 1964), was a British peer and philanthropist. He also held the subsidiary titles of Baron Strangways and Baron Ilchester and Stavordale.

He was the son of Giles Fox-Strangways, 6th Earl of Ilchester (a direct descendant of Stephen Fox-Strangways, 1st Earl of Ilchester) and Lady Helen Vane-Tempest-Stewart, daughter of the 6th Marquess of Londonderry.

He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was part of the Railway Club, which also included Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, Henry Thynne, 6th Marquess of Bath, David Plunket Greene, Brian Howard, Michael Parsons, 6th Earl of Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, Patrick Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, John Drury-Lowe.[3] He used the first name "Harry" and served as a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset in 1957.[2]

He married Helen Elizabeth Ward, granddaughter of William Ward, 1st Earl of Dudley, on 27 April 1931. They had three children: Lady Theresa Jane Fox-Strangways (12 August 1932 - 1989), married Simon Monckton-Arundell, 9th Viscount Galway; Giles Henry Holland Fox-Strangways (7 May 1934 - 2 September 1947, accidental death); Charles Stephen Fox-Strangways (6 May 1938 - 8 July 1958, killed while on emergency military operations in Cyprus). With no surviving male issue, he was succeeded in the Earldom of Ilchester by Walter Angelo Fox-Strangways, a descendant of the 1st Earl of Ilchester and Harry's fifth cousin, once removed.

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Railway Club at Oxford, conceived by John Sutro, dominated by Harold Acton. (Left to right) Back: Henry Yorke, Roy Harrod, Henry Weymouth, David Plunket Greene, Harry Stavordale, Brian Howard. Middle row: Michael Rosse, John Sutro, Hugh Lygon, Harold Acton, Bryan Guinness, Patrick Balfour, Mark Ogilvie-Grant, Johnny Drury-Lowe. Front: porters.


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