Thomas Coke, 3rd Earl of Leicester
Leicester was the eldest son of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, by his first wife Juliana (née Whitbread). He was a Colonel in the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards and served in Egypt in 1882, and at Suakin in 1885. Having retired from the regular army, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel in command of the Norfolk Artillery Militia on 21 February 1894. Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, the militia regiment was embodied in May 1900, and around 100 men was sent to South Africa under the command of Lord Coke. After peace was declared in May 1902, they left Cape Town on board the SS Walmer Castle in late June, and arrived at Southampton the following month. He was mentioned in despatches (including the final despatch by Lord Kitchener dated 23 June 1902).
Lord Leicester held the position of Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk from 1906 to 1929.
- Lady Alexandra Marie Bridget Coke d. 1984, married David Ogilvy, 12th Earl of Airlie
- Thomas William Coke, 4th Earl of Leicester born 9 July 1880, died 21 August 1949
- Hon. Arthur George Coke, born 6 April 1882, killed in action 21 May 1915, father of Anthony Coke, 6th Earl of Leicester
- Lady Marjory Alice Coke, born 1884, died 24 December 1946
- Hon. Roger Coke, born 28 December 1886, died 14 Oct 1960
Alice Coke, Countess of Leicester was later appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She died in 1936. Lord Leicester survived her by five years and died in November 1941, aged 93. He was succeeded the earldom by his eldest son Thomas.
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- Kidd, Charles, Williamson, David (editors). Debrett's Peerage and Baronetage (1990 edition). New York: St Martin's Press, 1990,[page needed]
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
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