Queer Places:
Nether Lypiatt Manor, Lypiatt, Stroud GL6 7LS, UK
Cimetière Saint-Roch, 52 Avenue Saint-Roch, 59300 Valenciennes, France
Newbold On Stour War Memorial, Stratford Rd, Newbold on Stour, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 8TR, UK

Major Arthur Maxwell Labouchere (1874 – April 30, 1918) was the son of Arthur and Ada Labouchere, of Strood Park, Horsham, Sussex. He fought during World War I with the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry, 5th Bn. He was killed in action on April 30, 1918, and was buried at Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery Valenciennes, Departement du Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France.

He was one of the 4 men of Violet Gordon-Woodhouse, the four "super husbands", as the composer Ethel Smyth. Max Labouchere moved into the Woodhouse ménage in 1901, the same year as Denis Tollemache. In many ways Max took after his iconoclastic uncle, Henry Labouchere - barrister, politician, investigative journalist and famous wit. Violet loved Max's detached, ironic sense of humour, and used to say after his death that it was he who had educated her.

Having survived the five-month battle of Passchendaele, where 300,000 British troops were killed, he died of wounds in a German field hospital in the last months of the War, a victim of Ludendorf's last desperate counter-attack, before he could play his part on a wider stage. Pitched into command of his battalion, Max conducted a gallant rearguard action, for which he was posthumously decorated.


  1. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4704995/Violets-men-and-music.html