Norton Knatchbull, 6th Baron Brabourne
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Knatchbull was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and served briefly as a soldier in The Buffs (The Royal East Kent Regiment) in 1940 before being commissioned into the Grenadier Guards during the Second World War.
Capture and death
Lord Brabourne was wounded and captured by the Germans in Italy in 1943. On his way to captivity in Germany he tried to escape from the prison train at Bronzolo, a village in South Tyrol, together with Arnold Guy Vivian, a fellow officer in the 6th Battalion, Grenadier Guards. Both were recaptured and executed by the SS in Bronzolo on 15 September 1943.
Brabourne died unmarried, and his titles passed to his younger brother, John Knatchbull.
Styles of address
- 1922-1933: Mr Norton Knatchbull
- 1933-1939: The Honourable Norton Knatchbull
- 1939-1943: The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne[a]
- Although The Lord Brabourne was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.
- "Storia diplomatica della questione dell'Alto Adige", pp 236-237, by Mario Toscano, published by Laterza, Bari, 1967.
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