Major Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice

Is your surname Mercer Nairne Petty-FitzMaurice?

Research the Mercer Nairne Petty-FitzMaurice family

Major Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Charles George Francis Mercer Nairne Petty-FitzMaurice (Petty-FitzMaurice)

Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England UK
Death: Died in Ypres, Flemish Region, Belgium
Cause of death: Killed in action during World War I
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess Lansdowne and Maud Evelyn Petty-FitzMaurice, Marchioness of Lansdowne
Husband of Violet Astor
Father of Mary Margaret Elizabeth Myddelton and George Petty-Fitzmaurice, 8th Marquess of Lansdowne
Brother of Evelyn Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 6th Marquess of Lansdowne and Beatrix Frances Beauclerk, Duchess of St Albans

Managed by: Douglas John Nimmo
Last Updated:

About Major Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice

He joined the 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1895, and served as an aide-de-camp to Frederick Roberts during the Boer War 1899-1900. He stayed as a Lieutenant of the 1st Dragoon Guards until January 1901,[1] when he was seconded for service on the army staff as Aide-de-camp to Lord Roberts, who had been appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Forces. Lord Roberts resigned when this post was abolished in early 1904, and Petty-Fitzmaurice was promoted Captain of his former regiment the 1st Dragoons in October 1904.[2]

In May 1902, he was part of a delegation led by the Duke of Connaught to take part in the enthronement ceremonies in Madrid for the young King Alfonso XIII of Spain, and he was awarded the First class of the Spanish Order of Military Merit.[3]

On 20 January 1909, he married Violet Mary Elliot-Murray-Kynymound (daughter of Gilbert John Elliot-Murray-Kynynmound and Mary Caroline Grey) and they had two children:

Mary Margaret Elizabeth Petty-Fitzmaurice (1910–2003), married Lieutenant Colonel Ririd Myddleton. George Petty-Fitzmaurice, 8th Marquess of Lansdowne (1912–1999) From 1909 he was an equerry to the Prince of Wales (later George V) until he was killed in action in World War I. His widow Violet remarried to John Jacob Astor V on 28 August 1916.


Rank: Major
Date of Death: 30/10/1914
Age: 40
Regiment/Service: 1st (Royal) Dragoons attd. Staff, 6th Cavalry Brigade
Awards: M V O
Grave Reference: E1. 10.
Additional Information: South African Medal (5 Clasps), Legion of Honour (France), Order of Military Merit (Spain), Order of the Crown (Prussia), Order of the Iron Crown Class II (Austria). Equerry-in-Ordinary to King George V when Prince of Wales, 1909-10 and Equerry to His Majesty, 1910-1914. Sometime A.D.C. to Field Marshal Earl Roberts. Son of Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne and of Maud Evelyn, Marchioness of Lansdowne, of Bowood, Calne, Wilts; husband of Lady Violet Mary Astor (formerly Mercer-Nairne).

view all

Major Lord Charles Petty-Fitzmaurice's Timeline

February 12, 1874
London, Middlesex, England UK
February 6, 1910
Age 35
November 27, 1912
Age 38
October 30, 1914
Age 40
Ypres, Flemish Region, Belgium