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Harding of Petherton, Baron (UK, 1958)


Creation: let. pat. 17 Feb 1958


Family name: Harding




Argent on a Bend Azure between two Lions passant guardant Gules as many Kukris in saltire between two Martlets Or


Out of a Mural Crown Gules a Cubit Arm in Armour the hand gauntleted grasping a Field Marshal's Baton in bend sinister proper


Dexter:  a Private of the 1st Life Guards of the early seventeenth century;  Sinister:  a Somerset Light Infantryman of the late eighteenth century, both habited and accoutred proper


Vigilant and Resolute



Allan Frances John [Harding], 1st Baron Harding of Petherton, GCB CBE DSO MC

only son of Frances Ebenezer Harding, of Compton Way, South Petherton, co. Somerset, by his wife Elizabeth Ellen Anstice


10 Feb 1896


21 Apr 1927 Mary Gertrude Mabel Rooke (d. 1983), dau. of Joseph William Rooke, of Knutsford, co. Cheshire

only child

1.Hon John Charles Harding, later 2nd Baron Harding of Petherton


20 Jan 1989


17 Feb 1958 Baron Harding of Petherton, of Nether Compton in the County of Dorset



MC1917; Capt 1923, Maj 1935, Brevet Lt Col 1938, Lt Col 1939, Brig 1940, Maj Gen 1942, Lt Gen 1943; CBE 1940; DSO 1941; General Officer Commander-in-Chief Southern Command 1947-49; General 1949; Commander-in-Chief Far East Land Forces 1949-51; GCB 1951; Commander-in-Chief BAOR 1951-52; Chief of the Imperial General Staff 1952-55; Field Marshal 1953; Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Cyprus 1955-57; Gold Stick in Waiting to HM The Queen 1957-64


John Charles [Harding], 2nd Baron Harding of Petherton


12 Feb 1928


20 Jun 1966 Harriet Hare, 2nd dau. of Maj Gen James Francis Hare CB DSO, of 35 Ovington Street, London SW3


1. Hon William Allan John Harding, later 3rd Baron Harding of Petherton

2. Hon David Richard John Harding (b. 22 Jun 1978)

1. Hon Diana Mary Harding (b. 9 Nov 1967), mar. 28 Oct 1995 John David Penrose


6 Jun 2016

suc. by



William Allan John [Harding], 3rd Baron Harding of Petherton


5 Jul 1969


14 Oct 2000 Susannah Ratcliff, only dau. of Richard Ratcliff


1. Hon Angus Harding

2. Hon Mungo Richard John Harding (b. 15 Jun 2003)


Last updated 24 Jul 2003




3rd Baron Harding of Petherton, of Nether Compton in the County of Dorset

(United Kingdom, let. pat. 17 Feb 1958)



Myrtle Cottage, Lamyatt, Shepton Mallet, Somerset BA4 6NP



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