​ A fine Great War 1914 Star trio awarded to 2nd Lieutenant later Captain The Honourable William Charles Hanbury-Tracy, Irish Guards, who in 1922 succeeded his father to the title of 5th Baron Sudeley. He was the President of the Warwickshire Agricultural Society, and having briefly served in the Militia as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Royal Scots during 1888 to 1889, the gained a commission into the Irish Guards in August 1914, and saw service out on the Western Front from 12th October 1914 before relinquishing his commission in May 1918 on acco

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A fine Great War 1914 Star trio awarded to 2nd Lieutenant later Captain The Honourable William Charles Hanbury-Tracy, Irish Guards, who in 1922 succeeded his father to the title of 5th Baron Sudeley. He was the President of the Warwickshire Agricultural Society, and having briefly served in the Militia as a Lieutenant with the 3rd Royal Scots during 1888 to 1889, the gained a commission into the Irish Guards in August 1914, and saw service out on the Western Front from 12th October 1914 before relinquishing his commission in May 1918 on account of ill-health, he having been originally 44 years old when he had gone to the front in 1914. He succeeded his father to the title of 5th Baron Sudeley in 1922.    

Group of 3: 1914 Star with Clasp; (2.LIEUT: HON: W.C. HANBURY-TRACY IR:GDS.); British War Medal and Victory Medal; (2.LIEUT. HON. W.C. HANBURY-TRACY.)

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The Honourable William Charles Hanbury-Tracy was born  in Toddington in Gloucestershire on 19th April 1870, the eldest son of the 4th Baron Sudeley, but the family estate of Sudeley Hall was sold off sometime later, and he was then educated at Harrow School. It was whilst he was still at school that he won his first medal, being awarded the Royal Humane Society Lifesaving Medal in Bronze for saving his brother from downing in an accident at Hales near Winchester on 5th August 1885.
Having left school in 1888, he then went on to Cambridge University, and was also commissioned into the British Army Militia as a 2nd Lieutenant with the 3rd Royal Scots. He however resigned his commission in 1889. He purchased Woodcote House near Goring in Oxfordshire in 1913, at which time he was noted as the President of the Warwickshire Agricultural Society. Woodcote House was an early Georgian building with a park of 100 acres.
By the outbreak of the Great War he was already almost too old for military service, but he managed to obtain a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant with the Irish Guards on 8th August 1914, and then saw service out on the Western Front from 12th October 1914, being promoted to Lieutenant on 23rd December 1914. His younger brother, Lieutenant The Honourable Felix Hanbury-Tracy, Scots Guards, had been mortally wounded in action back on 19th December 1914. Further promoted to Captain on 19th August 1916, he relinquished his commission on account of ill-health on 2nd May 1918 and was awarded the Silver War Badge. Hanbury-Tracy succeeded his father to the title of the 5th Lord Sudeley in 1922, but died on 5th September 1932.  


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