A Collection of Awards to Chaplains formed by Philip Mussell

Date of Auction: 27th September 2017

Sold for £800

Estimate: £800 - £1,200

Four: Chaplain to the Forces the Reverend H. B. de Montmorency, later 7th Viscount Mountmorres, Army Chaplains’ Department, late Imperial Yeomanry

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 2 clasps, Cape Colony, South Africa 1902 (43728 Pte. H. B. de Montmorency, 176th. Coy. Imp: Yeo:); 1914-15 Star (Rev. H. B. de Montmorency. A.C.D.); British War and Victory Medals (Rev. H. B. de Montmorency.) QSA nearly very fine, the Great War awards better (4) £800-1200


Arthur Hervé Alberic Bouchard de Montmorency, 7th Viscount Mountmorres was born in Dublin on 6 February 1879, the son of the Hon. Arthur de Montmorency, and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. Attesting for service with the 176th (Irish Horse) Company, Imperial Yeomanry at Dublin on 25 January 1902, he served in South Africa during the Boer War from 10 May 1902, and was treated in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein in June 1902 ‘with wound of eyebrow’.

Having taken Holy Orders, he served as Chaplain to the Forces 4th Class with the Army Chaplains’ Department during the Great War in France from 5 October 1915. He subsequently held the living of Omeath, co. Louth 1922-39; and was Vicar of Herriard, Hampshire, from 1939-48. During the Second World War he was a Member of Alton Rural District Council, 1939-43.

de Montmorency married Miss Katherine Sophia Clay Warrand, daughter of Thomas Alexander Warrand, Esq., on 15 April 1914, with whom he had two daughters. Upon the death of his cousin on 2 December 1936 he succeeded to the Peerage at 7th Viscount Mountmorres (Peerage of Ireland), and also to the Baronetcy of de Montmorency. Lord Mountmorres died in Reading, Berkshire, on 15 October 1951; upon his death the Viscountcy became extinct, and the Baronetcy was inherited by a distant kinsman. The Baronetcy became extinct upon the death of the 19th Baronet in 2003.