Cosmo Haskard

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Sir Cosmo Haskard

Governor of the Falkland Islands
In office
Preceded byEdwin Porter Arrowsmith
Succeeded byErnest Gordon Lewis
Personal details
Cosmo Dugal Patrick Thomas Haskard

(1916-11-25)25 November 1916
Dublin, Ireland, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Died21 February 2017(2017-02-21) (aged 100)
Tragariff, Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland
Spouse(s)Phillada Stanley
ResidenceTragariff, Bantry Bay, County Cork, Ireland[1]
Military career
Service/branchBritish Army
Years of service1938–1966
UnitRoyal Irish Fusiliers
Battles/warsSecond World War
AwardsMember of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

Sir Cosmo Dugal Patrick Thomas Haskard KCMG MBE (25 November 1916 – 21 February 2017) was an Irish-born British colonial administrator and retired British Army officer.[2] He turned 100 in November 2016[3] and died on 21 February 2017.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Dublin, he was the son of John McDougal and Alicia "Lily" Haskard.[5] Educated at Cambridge University, he served in the university's Officer Training Corps, attaining the rank of cadet company sergeant major; he was commissioned a second lieutenant for service with the infantry unit of the Cambridge OTC contingent on 1 October 1938.[6]

Haskard was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 1 November 1939,[7] attaining the rank of captain (war-substantive) by the end of the Second World War. He was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, Military Division (MBE) in September 1945.[8]

Haskard was promoted to the substantive rank of captain on 1 January 1949, with the honorary rank of major.[9] He relinquished his reserve commission on 25 November 1966, retaining the honorary rank of major.[10] Haskard served as Governor of the Falkland Islands from 1964 to 1970.[11] He was appointed KCMG in the 1965 New Year Honours.


  1. ^ "It's Downton . . . Irish-style". 2013-05-05. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  2. ^ Daily Telegraph Issue no 50, 317 dated Wednesday 1 March 2017 p27 "Sir Cosmo Haskard Colonial administrator appointed Governor of the Falklands as Britain was winding up its empire"
  3. ^ "Birthdays". The Independent. 25 November 2016. Retrieved 26 November 2016.
  4. ^ "Death Notice Of SIR COSMO HASKARD, Bantry, Cork, Ireland". 2017-02-16. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  5. ^ "Voices from the Great Houses - Cork and Derry" (PDF). Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  6. ^ "No. 34567". The London Gazette. 4 November 1938. p. 6892.
  7. ^ "No. 34741". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 November 1939. p. 7952.
  8. ^ "No. 37262". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 September 1945. p. 4556.
  9. ^ "No. 38927". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1950. p. 2723.
  10. ^ "No. 44181". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 November 1966. p. 12822.
  11. ^ The Colonial Office List. 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2017-02-23.