Thomas Brassey

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Thomas Brassey, later 2nd Earl Brassey, was born on 7 March 1863. He was educated at Eton and Balliol College Oxford. He was an honorary Lieutenant in the London Brigade of Royal Naval Artillery Volunteers 1888-92. He acted as Assistant Private Secretary to Earl Spencer when the latter was First Lord of the Admiralty, 1892-95. He fought in the 2nd Boer War as Captain of 69 Company of the Imperial Yeomanry, later joining the Queen’s Own West Kent Yeomanry, becoming Lieutenant-Colonel in command in 1910, retiring in May 1914. In August 1914 he raised a second battalion to this regiment for home service which he commanded until 1916. He was editor of The Naval Annual 1892-99, and then either alone or jointly with J Leyland, editor from 1902 to 1914, and finally in 1919. He succeeded to his father’s title in 1918. He died on 12 November 1919 after being hit by a taxi.

His publications include
• An Index to James’ Naval History by C G Toogood (Navy Records Society, 1895).

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