William Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse

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William Edward Parsons, 5th Earl of Rosse (14 June 1873 – 10 June 1918) was the son of Lawrence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse and Frances Cassandra Hawke. He was elected a Representative Peer in 1911. He fought in the First World War and died on 10 June 1918 at age 44, from wounds received in action.

Lord Oxmantown, as he then was, was commissioned into a militia battalion of the West Yorkshire Regiment in 1896 and promoted Lieutenant shortly afterwards. He was commissioned as a regular officer in the Coldstream Guards in 1897, but transferred to the Irish Guards on its formation in 1900. He was promoted Captain in 1900 and Major in 1906. He resigned his commission in 1908, but returned to service in the First World War.

Marriage and children[edit]

He married Frances Lois Lister-Kaye(1882-1984), daughter of Sir Cecil Lister-Kaye, 4th Baronet and Lady Beatrice Adeline Pelham-Clinton, on 19 October 1905. They had three children:


Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Rosse
Lord Lieutenant of King's County
Succeeded by
Edward John Beaumont-Nesbitt
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Lawrence Parsons
Earl of Rosse
Succeeded by
Lawrence Parsons