Owen Frederick Morton Tudor

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Owen Frederick Morton Tudor, (1900–1987), was an officer in 3rd The King's Own Hussars and the husband of Larissa Tudor, a woman some claimed could have been Grand Duchess Tatiana Nikolaevna of Russia.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Born on 21 Oct 1900 in Twickenham, Tudor was the son of Admiral Henry Morton Tudor and Evelyn Laura (née Toulmin) Tudor and a nephew of Admiral Sir Frederick Tudor. The original family name was Jones, but it was changed to Tudor in 1890.[2] Tudor attended the junior school at St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate, and then joined the Royal Navy in 1915 and served as a midshipman aboard the HMS Repulse. After he suffered an eye injury, he was forced to leave the navy in December 1917.[3] He attended St Lawrence College in 1918 and was involved in the school's sports programs. Tudor won the Saddle at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, which well qualified him for the British Army's cavalry.

First marriage and later career[edit]

He entered the 20th Hussars, but later transferred to the 3rd King's Own Hussars in 1921.[4] The regiment was stationed in Constantinople, where Tudor reportedly met Larissa Haouk, who was reportedly working as a belly dancer in a Constantinople nightclub, and married her in 1923 against the wishes of the colonel of his regiment. He reportedly was forced to leave his regiment after he married Larissa and transferred to the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Tank Corps, based at Lydd, Kent.[4]

Tudor was devastated by Larissa's death in 1926 and took flowers or arranged for flowers to be delivered to her grave each 10 June until a few years before his own death. However, he remarried quickly. His second wife was a daughter of Lord Hothfield.[5] Tudor was readmitted to his former regiment in 1927 and was quickly promoted. He retired from the army in 1950 with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.[6] He refused to answer letters inquiring about Larissa's past.[7]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Michael Occleshaw, The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor, Orion, 1993.
  2. ^ Occleshaw, p. 160
  3. ^ Occleshaw, pp. 153, 160.
  4. ^ a b Occleshaw, p. 161
  5. ^ Occleshaw, pp. 167-168
  6. ^ Occleshaw, pp. 167, 177
  7. ^ Occleshaw, p. 168

References[edit]

  • Occleshaw, Michael, The Romanov Conspiracies: The Romanovs and the House of Windsor, Orion, 1993, ISBN 1-85592-518-4