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- Sir Robert George Vivian Duff, Bart -

Name : Sir Robert George Vivian Duff, Bart

Son of Sir Charles Garden Assheton-Smith, 1st Bart., of Vaynol Park, Bangor, County Carnarvon and Hon. Maud Frances Vivian; husband of Lady Juliet Lowther Duff, of Wilton, Salisbury.

Born 14 Nov 1876 London.
  Census information :

1881 : Robin Geo V Duff, aged 4, is listed as a Visitor (with his Governess), in the household of Lady Cockrane, at Quarr Abbey House, Binstead.

1891 : Robin G V Duff, aged 14, with his mother, is a Visitor, in the household of Georgianna Guilford, at The Mansion, Flax Court, Waldershare, Eythorne Waldershare, Kent.

1901 : Lt Robert George Duff, aged 24, is serving with the 2nd Life Guards, at Regents Park Barracks, London.

1911 : family not located

  Service Details :

Lieut. Sir Robert George Vivian Duff, Bart, Reserve of Officers attd 2nd Life Guards

  Casualty Details :

Died : 16 October 1914 aged 37.

Buried at : Cement House Cemetery, Langemark-Poelkapelle, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium.

CWGC Record
  Commemorated on these Memorials :

Bembridge War Memorial
County War Memorial, Carisbrooke Castle
  Documents and Newspaper cuttings :

Royal Aero Club album portrait

Royal Aero Club Certificate card

Medal Index Card


Saturday, October 24, 1914 Page 2

Death of Mr. Robert Duff
We regret to have to record the death of Mr. Robert Duff, who has been killed in action at the front. He was in the Life Guards and had just inherited the title and estates of his father, the late Sir Charles Assheton-Smith, at Vaynol, Wales. He had served the office of Silver Stick in Waiting to the late King Edward, and filled many important positions. He married Lady Juliet Lowther, daughter of the present Marchioness of Ripon, by whom he has two children. Deceased was well-known in the Island, being a member of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, and ex-Commodore of the Bembridge Sailing Club.

Sir Robert George Vivian Duff, 2nd Baronet, was the only son of Sir Charles Garden Assheton-Smith, of Vaynol Park, Bangor, co Caernarvon, 1st Bart, by his 1st wife the Hon. Maud Frances Vivian, 2nd daughter of Charles, Lord Vivian; born 14 Nov 1876; gazetted 2nd Lieut. 2nd Life Guards in July 1900, being promoted Lieut. in Sept 1901; subsequently joined the Reserve of Officers; served in the European War and was killed in action 16 Oct 1914. He married on 9 June 1903 (Gladys Mary) Juliet, only daughter of St George Henry, 4th Earl of Lonsdale, D.L. and had two children : Charles Michael Robert Vivian (Sir), 3rd Bart, born 3 May 1907, and Victoria Maud Veronica, born 17 Sept 1904.

Information taken from "de Ruvigny's Roll of Honour" Part Two, p 106

National Probate Calendar 1915
  Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research
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