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Thomas Coke, 3rd Earl of Leicester

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The Earl of Leicester
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Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk
In office
3 September 1906 – 1 May 1929
Preceded byThe Earl of Leicester
Succeeded byRussell James Colman
Personal details
Thomas William Coke

(1848-07-20)20 July 1848
Holkham, Norfolk, England
Died19 November 1941(1941-11-19) (aged 93)
Holkham, Norfolk, England
(m. 1879; died 1936)
Parent(s)Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester
Juliana Whitbread

Thomas William Coke, 3rd Earl of Leicester GCVO CMG TD (20 July 1848 – 19 November 1941), known as Viscount Coke until 1909, was a British peer and soldier.[1]


Holkham Hall, Norfolk
Holkham Hall, Norfolk

Leicester was the eldest son of Thomas Coke, 2nd Earl of Leicester, by his first wife Juliana (née Whitbread).

He was a Colonel in the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards and served in Egypt in 1882, and at Suakin in 1885. Having retired from the regular army, he was appointed lieutenant-colonel in command of the Norfolk Artillery Militia on 21 February 1894.[1] Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, the militia regiment was embodied in May 1900, and around 100 men was sent to South Africa under the command of Lord Coke. After peace was declared in May 1902, they left Cape Town on board the SS Walmer Castle in late June,[2] and arrived at Southampton the following month. For his service in the war, he was mentioned in despatches (including the final despatch by Lord Kitchener dated 23 June 1902[3]), and was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the October 1902 South African Honours list.[4]

He was made a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order (GCVO) in 1908.[1][5]

Lord Leicester held the position of Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk from 1906 to 1929. He succeeded his father to the earldom and Holkham Hall in 1909.[1]

Personal life

Lord Leicester married the Hon. Alice Emily White, daughter of Luke White, 2nd Baron Annaly, on 26 August 1879. They had five children:[1]

Alice Coke, Countess of Leicester was later appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire. She died in 1936. Lord Leicester survived her by five years and died in November 1941, aged 93. He was succeeded the earldom by his eldest son Thomas.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c d e (Hesilrige 1921, p. 550)
  2. ^ "The Army in South Africa – Troops returning home". The Times. No. 36811. London. 4 July 1902. p. 9.
  3. ^ "No. 27459". The London Gazette. 29 July 1902. pp. 4835–4841.
  4. ^ "No. 27490". The London Gazette. 31 October 1902. p. 6910.
  5. ^ "No. 28194". The London Gazette (Supplement). 9 November 1908. p. 8162.
  6. ^ "Casualty Details".


Honorary titles Preceded byThe Earl of Leicester Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk 1906–1929 Succeeded byRussell James Colman Peerage of the United Kingdom Preceded byThomas Coke Earl of Leicester 1909–1941 Succeeded byThomas Coke

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