Michael Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne

Michael Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne

Michael Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne

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Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull, 5th Baron Brabourne, GCSI, GCIE, MC (8 May 1895 – 23 February 1939) was a British peer and soldier, the son of the 4th Baron Brabourne.

Baptised Michael Herbert Rudolf Knatchbull-Hugessen, he dropped the Hugessen part of his surname by deed poll in 1919. Knatchbull was educated at Wellington College and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He served in the Royal Artillery, rising to the rank of Lieutenant and in the RAF, rising to Captain. He fought in the First World War (where he was mentioned in dispatches three times) and was awarded the Military Cross. On 22 January 1919, he married Lady Doreen Browne, daughter of the 6th Marquess of Sligo and they had two children:

Knatchbull was elected Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Ashford in 1931 and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Samuel Hoare, Secretary of State for India, from 1932 to 1933. In 1933, upon his father's death, he succeeded as Baron Brabourne and was invested as a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Indian......
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