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English Edward STANLEY

born Edward George Villiers STANLEY

British soldier, Conservative politician, diplomat and racehorse owner

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on April 04, 1865 in Westminster, London, England
Died: on February 04, 1948 in Knowsley Hall, Lancashire, England


Derby was born at 23 St. James's Square, London, the eldest son of Frederick Stanley, 16th Earl of Derby, by his wife Lady Constance Villiers. His paternal grandfather Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, was three times Prime Minister of the United Kingdom while his maternal grandfather was the great Liberal statesman George Villiers, 4th Earl of Clarendon. He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire.
Military career

Derby joined the Grenadier Guards as a lieutenant, and served in that regiment between 1885 and 1895. He was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General of Canada, his father, between 1888 and 1891 and fought in the Second Boer War between 1899 and 1900. In early 1900 he was a staff officer in South Africa as Press Censor, and carried out his duties "with tact and discretion" (dispatch from the Commander-in-Chief, Lord Roberts, 31 March 1900). He was later appointed private secretary to the Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in South Africa.

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