George Orby Wombwell
Sir George Orby Wombwell, 4th Baronet (23 November 1832 – 16 October 1913) was a British baronet.
He joined the 17th Lancers in 1852 as a cornet and served as an aide-de-camp to Lord Cardigan. He was a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade. When he had reached the guns, his horse was killed under him and he was shortly after pulled off and taken prisoner, his sword and pistols being taken from him by some Russian Lancers. He managed to escape, catch another loose horse and ride back to the British lines, hotly pursued by Russians. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant in 1855, when he inherited his title and Newburgh Priory, the old seat of the Belasyses, in Coxwold, North Yorkshire, on the death of his father. Included in this estate was Over Silton Manor, where Wombwell's initials (GOW) can still be seen on one of the manor cottages, and High House, at Thornton-on-the-Hill.
He married Lady Julia Sarah Alice Child-Villiers, daughter of George Child-Villiers, 6th Earl of Jersey and Julia Peel, on 3 September 1861. They had two sons, George (1865) and Stephen Frederick (1867) who were both killed on active service. They also had two daughters, Julia Georgiana (1862), who married firstly Vesey Dawson, 2nd Earl of Dartrey in 1890 and secondly, late in life, John St Aubyn, 2nd Baron St Levan . and Cecilia Clementina (1864) who married William Menzies.
At his death he was the last surviving officer of the Charge of the Light Brigade and was buried in Coxwold churchyard. His title and 12,000 acre estate passed to his younger brother Henry Herbert Wombwell.
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