Anthony Ashley
English aristocrat, Order of St John, British army officer
Anthony Ashley
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, Lord Ashley was an English nobleman, descended from the Earls of Shaftesbury. He was the eldest son of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury and Lady Constance Sibell Grosvenor. His courtesy title "Lord Ashley", was used as the eldest son of the Earl of Shaftesbury.
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  • 1947
    Age 46
    Died on March 8, 1947.
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  • 1943
    Age 42
    On 24 December 1943, Lord Ashley was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John (OStJ).
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    Lord Ashley was heir apparent to the Earldom of Shaftesbury during his life. On 8 November 1943, his father appointed him a deputy lieutenant of Dorset.
    More Details Hide Details However, at age 46, Ashley died unexpectedly of heart disease before his father. At that time, his son, Anthony Ashley-Cooper became heir apparent, inheriting the earldom in 1961 upon the death of the 9th Earl of Shaftesbury.
  • 1941
    Age 40
    On 18 December 1941, he was transferred to the Territorial Army reserve of officers for the Royal Armoured Corps, Royal Tank Regiment.
    More Details Hide Details He was posthumously awarded the Efficiency Decoration.
  • 1940
    Age 39
    Major Lord Ashley was transferred to the Intelligence Corps on 22 July 1940, having requested to serve as a captain during World War II.
    More Details Hide Details He served with the Auxiliary Units, which were highly covert Resistance groups trained to engage and counteract the expected invasion of the United Kingdom by Nazi Germany. Members of the Auxiliary Unit were stationed in covert hidden bunkers scattered throughout Great Britain. While Major Lord Ashley was trained at Coleshill House near Highworth, Wiltshire, specific details regarding his assignments and operational base remain classified.
    On 5 January 1940, he was removed from the Wiltshire Yeomanry and placed on the general list of Yeomanry officers.
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  • 1937
    Age 36
    Lord Ashley was promoted to captain on 26 June 1937, and to major on 5 March 1938.
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    Lord Ashley's second wife was the French-born Fran├žoise Soulier, daughter of Georges Soulier of Caudebec-en-Caux, France. Lord Ashley and Soulier were married on 31 March 1937 and remained married until his death in 1947.
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  • 1931
    Age 30
    He was restored to his unit on 2 May 1931.
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  • 1929
    Age 28
    Soon after, on 25 May 1929, he was seconded away from the regiment to serve, from 19 August, as an aide-de-camp to Sir Frederick Sykes, Governor of Bombay, and restored to the establishment on 19 April 1930.
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    Lord Ashley was promoted to lieutenant on 12 March 1929.
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  • 1927
    Age 26
    Ashley was married twice. His first wife was the former Edith Louisa Sylvia Hawkes, known as Sylvia. They were married on 3 February 1927 and divorced 28 November 1934.
    More Details Hide Details Upon her marriage, she became Lady Ashley, while her legal married name was Ashley-Cooper. Lord Ashley shocked London society by marrying Hawkes, an English model and actress from the chorus line. They were divorced after she began an affair with American actor Douglas Fairbanks, Sr, who was named as co-respondent in the petition for divorce. After Lord Ashley's divorce, Lady Ashley went on to marry Fairbanks; Edward John Stanley, 6th Baron Sheffield; American actor, Clark Gable; and Prince Dimitri Djordjadze. While she was married to four other men after her divorce from Lord Ashley, she continued to use the name Lady Ashley throughout her life.
  • 1926
    Age 25
    On 1 May 1926, he transferred to the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry with the same rank.
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  • 1925
    Age 24
    Lord Ashley was a cadet in the Eton College contingent of the Officers' Training Corps. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 94th (Dorset & Somersetshire Yeomanry) Field Brigade, Royal Artillery on 26 June 1925.
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  • 1900
    Born on October 4, 1900.
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