Lord Lamport

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The Right Honourable Sir, Brigadier General Lord Alfred John Halfworn Lamport, 1st Earl of Klangbury, Q.S.A ‎, K.S. and M.M, (Born 1870 - Died 1941) was a Second Boer War and World War I veteran and political dissident of World War II who frequently visited Malton.

Early Life

Born in 1870 to Jennifer Hardy and Major John Tuppant of the British Army Lamport grew up in the Boer and was taught by one of his fathers' Sergeant-Majors.

Serving under his fathers' command he distinguished himself to the regiment with his cool level headedness, his willness and his rifle skills.

At the age of 18 he was promoted from Corporal then at 21 to Colour Sergeant and finally at 24 to Lieutenant, where he commanded men with much more experience then he.

After the Boer war he settled down in England, working as an advisor to Lord Kitchener and married Lady Mary Forham Eisenhower, a distant relative of the late President Eisenhower.

World War I

Being assigned to work as a factory marshall producing radio equipment ruffled Lord Lamports feathers quite a lot. Despite the honourary rank of Brigadier-General, plus being awarded with the Military Medal for saving the life of a fellow factory marshall, he was still regarded as somewhat of a 'Navvie' by senior officals.

Due to the lack of respect by his superiors Lord Lamport proceeded to manufacture field radios, that were of poor quality; ironically saving many soldiers' lifes in the process because the front couldn't contact Headquarters - and vice-versa.

In between

Inbetween the wars he retired to a country house in a village called Southern Drewbay, renamed Lamport Hills in his honour.

He frequented the Schennal Golfcourse - now the Lamport Drive Railway Station - and won an award for Biggest Failure at Golf in 1924 where he spent spent a record 75 hours trying to get a decent drive.


World War II

Sadly, before he could re-enlist, he died in a freak greenhouse accident in 1942.


Legacy

In honour of Lord Lampton, and his frequent patronages to many of Maltons districts many places have been named after him, including one district.

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