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John Anthony Hardinge Giffard, 3rd Earl of Halsbury. 4 June 1908 – 14 January 2000

Colonel O.J.M. Lindsay


Tony Giffard, as he was first known before inheriting the titles of Viscount Tiverton and then 3rd Earl of Halsbury, was born on 4 June 1908. He had a difficult early life because his mother was constantly ill. His childhood's prayers always ended with ‘…and please make Mummy well again’. His father, a struggling lawyer, was a stern disciplinarian and had an intimidating presence. Each Sunday young Giffard lunched with his much loved grandparents–the 1st Earl and Countess of Halsbury.

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