2nd Lieutenant, The Hon. Francis LAMBTON,
Aged 43

Royal Horse Guards (The Blues)
Killed in Action on Tuesday 31st October 1916

An Old Contemptible

Born on 18th January 1871 at Bournmoor, Durham [Chester le Street 10a:530] to George Frederick d'Arcy LAMBTON, 2nd Earl DURHAM and Lady Beatrix Frances LAMBTON (née Hamilton) at Lambton Castle, County Durham. His mother died 3 days after his birth.

1871 census...Francis is not included on the census, his mother had died and his father and most of the family was in Eastwell,Kent.

1881 census...Francis [10] was at Durham Castle with his brother John George Lambton, Earl of Durham [25]; his aunt Katherine [18] born Durham); uncle George [20] born London; Aunts Eleanor [12] born London and Anne [11] born Durham. Also his brother Frederick W [25] and his wife Beatrice and several other family members.

1891 census...He has not been found in the 1891 census.

1901 census...Francis [30] was visiting Henry Wellesley, Earl Cowley, at Baggrave Hall, Leics.

1911 census...Francis [40] still single, was a racehorse trainer at Bedford Cottage, Bury Road, Newmarket, with Col Charles Lambton [53] a boarder.

His nephew John was killed on active service in 1941.. see here

Francis was killed during the retreat from Mons, near Zandvoorde a few miles south east of Ypres.

From "Those Lambtons" by Sir John Colville
On the last day of October, Francis, known as "Pickles", the youngest of the nine Lambton brothers, was killed in action.
Though not by training a soldier, he had joined The Blues (The Royal Horse Guards) as a subaltern at the advanced age of 43.
A German shell burst on the parapet of the trench in which Pickles and his men were waiting, about a hundred yards from the advancing enemy.They were buried in earth, but Pickles extricated himself, only to be shot through the head by an accurate German rifleman as he rose to his feet.
The Lambton family, already distressed by the death of Freddy's son, Geoffrey, were sunk in gloom (Freddy was Francis's older brother).

(This cousin, a regular soldier, Geoffrey Lambton, was a Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards, and was killed on 1st September 1914 near Villers-Cotterets).

The Newmarket Journal reported:-
"We learn with profound regret that the Hon. Francis Lambton, of the Royal Horse Guards, youngest brother of the Earl of Durham, was killed in action on October 31st. Born in 1871, Mr. Lambton volunteered at the outbreak of the war, and was appointed a SecondLieutenant, in the Royal Horse Guards.. Like his brother, the Hon. George Lambton, he carried on one of the most important training establishments in Newmarket, and previous to occupying Park Lodge managed Sir Ernest Cassel's racehorses. The owners for whom he trained included Prince Kinsky and Mr. G.D.Smith, and for both he gained a fair measure of success. His most notable winners this season were Bonfire (which curiously enough won the Lancashire Handicap at Liverpool on November 5th of last year) and Aiglon. Mr Lambton had an exceptionally thorough knowledge of thoroughbreds, both on the race course and at the stud."

© Commonwealth War Graves Commission

No known grave - Francis is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium - Ref:panel 3
also on two plaques in St Agnes Church, Bury Road, Newmarket

He is also commemorated in Co.Durham, in St.Barnabas' Church, Burnmoor, please click here

click here to go to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website for full cemetery/memorial details