Edmund Pery, 5th Earl of Limerick

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Colonel Edmund Colquhoun Pery, 5th Earl of Limerick GBE CH KCB DSO TD (16 October 1888 – 4 August 1967) was a British peer and soldier.

Life[edit]

Pery was the eldest son of the 3rd Earl of Limerick and his second wife, Isabella, and was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. He was commissioned into the City of London Yeomanry and during World War I he fought in Egypt, France and at the Battle of Gallipoli, ending the war as a Major. After the war, Pery continued to serve in the City of London Yeomanry, which became a Royal Artillery brigade, and inherited his half-brother's titles in 1929.

Lord Limerick was an Honorary Colonel of the City of London Yeomanry (TA) from 1932–52, Vice-Chairman from 1937–41 and then Chairman of the City of London Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Association from 1941–50 and Vice-Chairman from 1942–49, then Chairman from 1949–54, then President of the Council of Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Associations from 1954-56. He was also Chairman of the Medical Research Council from 1952-60.

Family[edit]

On 1 June 1926, he had married Angela Olivia Trotter, a daughter of Lt Col. Sir Henry Trotter;[1] they had three children:

  • Patrick Edmund, Viscount Glentworth (1930–2003)
  • The Hon. Michael Henry Colquhoun Pery (b. 1937)
  • Lady Anne Patricia Pery (b. 1928), married Sir Peter Francis Thorne, becoming Lady Anne Thorne, who was an eminent lecturer in Physics at the Blackett Laboratory, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, England in the late 1970s.

In 1954, Angela was elevated to Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE). In 1974 she was made a Companion of Honour (CH).[2] Lord Limerick committed suicide in 1967 and his titles were inherited by his elder son, Patrick, who died in 2003. Angela, Countess of Limerick, died in 1981.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Person Page - 8525". The Peerage. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  2. ^ A. M. Bryans, ‘Pery , Angela Olivia, countess of Limerick (1897–1981)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2008 accessed 4 Feb 2017
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
William Pery
Earl of Limerick
1929–1967
Succeeded by
Patrick Edmund Pery