Desmond Flower, 10th Viscount Ashbrook

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Desmond Llowarch Edward Flower, 10th Viscount Ashbrook KCVO MBE JP DL (9 July 1905 – 5 December 1995)[1] was an Irish peer and soldier.

Flower was the only son of Llowarch Flower, 9th Viscount Ashbrook and his wife Gladys Lucille Beatrice, daughter of George Higginson.[2] He was educated at Eton College and went then to Balliol College, Oxford, where he graduated Bachelor of Arts in 1927.[3] Ashbrook worked as a chartered accountant, succeeding to his father's titles on 30 August 1936.[3] During the Second World War, he served in the Royal Artillery, assigned to the Territorial Army and leaving as a major.[4] After the end of the war in 1945, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.[3]

In 1949 Flower was nominated a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of Cheshire and in 1961 vice lord-lieutenant.[3] From 1946, he represented the county also as a Justice of the Peace, retiring from these posts in 1968.[3] Flower joined the council of the Duchy of Lancaster in 1957.[3] He was invested as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1977[5] and was director of the Country's Gentlemen Association.[3]

On 8 November 1934, he married Elizabeth (1911-2002), daughter of Captain John Egerton-Warburton; they had three children, two sons and a daughter.[4] Flower died in 1995 and was succeeded in the viscountcy by his older son Michael.[4]


  1. ^ "Leigh Rayment - Peerage". Retrieved 23 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Whitaker's Peerage, Baronetage, Knightage and Companioage. J. Whitaker & Sons. 1923. p. 126. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Who is Who 1963. London: Adam & Charles Black Ltd. 1963. p. 96. 
  4. ^ a b c "ThePeerage - Desmond Llowarch Edward Flower, 10th Viscount Ashbrook". Retrieved 2 January 2007. 
  5. ^ "no. 47221". The London Gazette. 24 May 1977. p. 6421. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Llowarch Flower
Viscount Ashbrook
Succeeded by
Michael Flower