studio L. Varney & Son, Buckingham
Lawson Webster LAWSON, Royal
Bucks Hussars, in undress
smiling gentleman is a fascinating character
in his own right : Harry Lawson Webster LAWSON was the son of Sir
Edward Levy-Lawson, and Henriette Georgiana, only daughter of
Benjamin N. Webster. His father was the proprietor and a noted
editor of the Daily Telegraph since c.1867, and was greatly
esteemed by Edward VII, who would create him a baron in 1903 -
hence known as the first Lord Burnham.
Harry Lawson was born in London on
December 18th, 1862.
Educated at Eton, he went up to Balliol College in 1880.
He married quite early Olive, second daughter of General Sir Henry
de Bathe, in January 1884. He was also the youngest member of the
House of Commons when he was elected for West St. Pancras in 1885
- being only 22 years old.
He was called to the Bar in 1891.
He will serve in the Bucks Hussars from
1883 to 1913, and would command the Regiment for many years.
Shortly after the outbreak of the Great War, he was given command
of the 2d Reserve Regiment, which he trained from 1915 to 1917.
In 1919 he would be made a Viscount in recognition for his
services during the War.
Made a member of the Companionship of Honour in 1917, he was made
G.C.M.G. in 1927.
Further to his political career he was a
noted member of numerous commissions, pertaining to Emigration,
Education, Funding for ex-servicemen, Health, and, among others,
Journalism, for he succeeded to the ownership of the Daily
He died on Friday, July 21st, 1933.