Francis Annesley, 6th Earl Annesley

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The Right Honourable
The Earl Annesley
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Personal details
Born 25 February 1884 (1884-02-25)
Castlewellan, County Down, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Died 6 November 1914 (1914-11-07)
Near Diksmuide, Belgium
Nationality British/Irish
Spouse(s) Evelyn Hester Mundy
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge

Francis Annesley, 6th Earl of Annesley (25 February 1884 – 6 November 1914) was an Anglo-Irish peer, Royal Navy officer and pioneer aviator who died in a plane crash at sea.[1]


He was the only son of Hugh Annesley, 5th Earl Annesley and his first wife, Mabel Markham. He was born on 25 February 1884 at Castlewellan, Kilmegan, County Down, Ireland. Between 1884 and 1908 he was styled as Viscount Glerawly. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He succeeded as Earl on 15 December 1908. On 14 February 1909 he married Evelyn Hester Mundy.[1] They had no children.

He was a Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. Later he joined the Royal Naval Air Service.

Before obtaining his age of majority he sailed from Liverpool to Vancouver, around Cape Horn, serving as a sailor before the mast. Later he crossed the Atlantic on board a three-masted schooner yacht Karina as one of the guests of Robert E. Todd of the New York Yacht club. He was a noted big game shot.

Prior to joining 2 (Naval) Squadron, Royal Naval Air Service at Eastchurch, he distinguished himself serving with the R.N.A.S. Armoured Car Division, with his armoured motorcar in helping to check the advance of the Germans on Brussels and in the defence of Antwerp.

He was last seen alive on 6 November 1914 leaving Eastchurch, England in a Bristol T.B.8 biplane, serial 1220, flown by Flight Lieutenant C.F. Beevor, R.N.A.S., bound for France / Flanders. They were never seen again. His death was presumed on 2 December 1914 by Mr. Justice Astbury. Two German prisoners had been interrogated and it was established that the two aviators had been shot down when a German shell had hit the petrol tank of their aircraft and it had fallen in flames near Diksmuide.[1]


After his death his estate was valued at £42,751. He was succeeded in his title by Walter Beresford Annesley (1861–1934).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Earl Annesley Missing. Is Army Aviator and Left England by Aeroplane Last Friday". New York Times. 11 November 1914. Retrieved 7 October 2010. Francis Annesley, the sixth Earl of Annesley. Is a relatively young man, having been born in 1884. He married, in 1909, Evelyn Hester Mundy. 
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Hugh Annesley
Earl Annesley
Succeeded by
Walter Beresford Annesley