Thomas Wale (Knight of the Garter)

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Arms of Thomas Wale, KG: Argent a cross sable, as blazoned in the Lord Marshal's Roll of Arms, no. 428[1]

Sir Thomas Wale (1303 – 26 October 1352) was an English soldier and founder Knight of the Garter.[2]

He was born, probably in Weedon Pinkney, Northamptonshire, to Sir Thomas Wale and his wife Lucy, Lady of the Manor of Weedon Pinkney.[2]

In 1339 he fought in Flanders under King Edward III and in 1342 fought under William De Bohun, Earl of Northampton, in a military expedition to Brittany. In 1344 he was fighting overseas with Richard, Earl of Arundel.[2]

In 1348 he was invested, with 23 other knights, into the new Order of the Garter established by Edward III and was allocated stall 18 in the home of the order, St George's Chapel, Windsor.[2][3]

He died in Gascony in 1352. He had married Nichola but left no children.[2]

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