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It contained salmon, pigeon, lamb, and fruit, with the comment that it would make him ‘probably very, very sick.’The summer months were spent at Glamis Castle.
Here, Fergus enjoyed the acres of countryside on the estate.
Fergus was the fourth of five older brothers of Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.
When she was in her mid-90s she recalled: ‘It was so nice being brought up by elder brothers. I was the youngest, apart from one brother, and so we were cherished and also disciplined, which is a very good thing.
In the meantime, he was due to start a career in London. After five days with his family, Fergus headed back to France in time for the final preparations for the offensive.
Lieutenant Gilroy of the 8th Battalion wrote to the Strathmores telling them their son’s death was instantaneous and that he wouldn’t have suffered.Back at Glamis, 15-year-old Elizabeth had each day been meeting the postman to intercept any of the black-edged telegrams that meant only one thing.Her aim was to protect her mother, who had lost a daughter, Violet Hyacinth, to diphtheria in 1893, as well as a son Alec, from a brain tumour in 1911 caused, it was assumed, by a blow to the head from a cricket ball while at Eton.The Battle of Loos, which Winston Churchill later called a tale of ‘sublime heroism utterly wasted’, was the first in which Lord Kitchener’s New Army of patriotic volunteers – rapidly trained and sent to France after answering the call of his famous recruitment poster – were pitched against the well-defended Germans.
After a four-day artillery barrage that proved to be largely ineffective because of a shortage of big guns and ammunition, a British force of 75,000 men, including about 30,000 Scottish troops, marched across open fields in full view of enemy guns.Elizabeth’s brother-in-law Sidney Elphinstone received a letter from a friend written nine days before the Armistice of November 11, 1918, mentioning that he had seen Fergus’s grave in an area known as the Quarry.