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Major Richard Lodge Palmer DSO MC ,Royal Artillery, (1883-1956?)

Richard was born 1 December 1883 and died around 1956 or 1961.

Son of: Joseph Mansergh Palmer (1850-1924) and Georgina Berlinda Palmer (nee Hartford, 1846-1940).

Brother of

  1. Vice Admiral Alexander Robinson Palmer (1879-1958) who married Charlotte Helen Burke in 1906.
  2. Miss Georgina Wilhelmina Palmer (27 Aug 1880 to 19??).
  3. Commander Edwin Mansergh Palmer RN OBE (1882-1963).
  4. Violet Charlotte Mary Heath-Caldwell (nee Palmer, 1885-1971) who married Rev Capt Cuthbert Helsham Heath-Caldwell (1889-1979).
  5. Irving Montgomery Palmer RN OBE (1889-19??).

Richard married Iris Irma Leveson-Gower (1899-1944), 29 June 1938.  They did not have any children.


Richard was brought up in Armagh with his brothers and sisters including my grandmother Violet.  He joined the British Army and was one of a group who fired the first shots of WW1. He served 12 years in the Royal Artillery and 7 years in India. He was awarded the Military Cross (MC) and the Distinguished Service Order (DSC).

He married late in life to Iris Irma Leveson-Gower.

Iris Irma Leveson-Gower was born on 20 August 1899. She was the daughter of Sir George Granville Leveson-Gower and Hon. Adelaide Violet Cicely Monson. She married, firstly, Maj.-Gen. William Henry Buchanan Mirrlees, son of William Julius Mirrlees and Emily Lina Moncrieff, on 5 January 1922. She and Maj.-Gen. William Henry Buchanan Mirrlees were divorced in 1928. She married, secondly, Major Richard Lodge Palmer on 29 June 1938. She died on 2 September 1944 at age 45.

One thing I have always wondered was what happened to his war medals?

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