Norton Knatchbull, 6th Baron Brabourne

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Norton Cecil Michael Knatchbull, 6th Baron Brabourne (11 February 1922 – 15 September 1943), was a British peer and soldier, the son of His Excellency The 5th Baron Brabourne, Governor of Bengal.

Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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.[1]

Brabourne died unmarried, and his titles passed to his younger brother, John Knatchbull.

Styles of address[edit]

  • 1922-1933: Mr Norton Knatchbull
  • 1933-1939: The Honourable Norton Knatchbull
  • 1939-1943: The Right Honourable The Lord Brabourne[a]
  1. ^ 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.


  1. ^ "Storia diplomatica della questione dell'Alto Adige", pp 236-237, by Mario Toscano, published by Laterza, Bari, 1967.

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Michael Brabourne
Baron Brabourne
Succeeded by
John Knatchbull