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Ida Agnes Eleanor Edmonstone (née Forbes), Lady Edmonstone

(died 1946), Woman of the Bedchamber to HRH Princess Christian; wife of Sir Archibald Edmonstone of Duntreath, 5th Bt

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Anne Balfour (nee Johnstone), author

29 August 2016, 12:48

The baby, William George Edmonstone, (godson to the future George V) joined the Coldstream Guards from Eton in 1915. He was killed near Ginchy in the Battle of the Somme on September 15 1916. Following his mother's death in 1946, a cross was donated to the Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks in London in memory of both of them. A jewel-encrusted silver locket in the shaft supporting it contains a lock of Willie's hair. The locket is engraved with "In love of Baz Willie October 1896", which was when he was born. The inscription on the back of the shaft reads: "In memory of William George Edmonstone, Lieut. 2nd Batt Coldstream Guards, killed in action 15 September 1916 and also his mother Ida, Lady Edmonstone". The cross was recently restored and is still used in services in the chapel.

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