The Earl of Sandwich
Soldier Statesman and County Magnate
Huntingdonshire’s Irreparable Loss
With profound sorrow we record the death of Edward George Henry, 8th Earl of Sandwich,
KCVO, Knight of Justice of St John of Jerusalem, which took place at The Cottage,
Hinchingbrooke, early on Monday morning.
The first intimation of his Lordship’s death came almost as a staggering
blow, for few were aware of his illness, and those who had learnt a day or so
earlier of his indisposition had not suspected the end so near.
Edward George Henry Montagu, 8th Earl of Sandwich, was born at Uxbridge House,
now the Bank, Burlington Street, London on July 13th 1839.
Educated at Mortimer, Berks and Eton, he joined the Grenadier Guards at 18 and
retired after attaining the rank of Colonel (5th Kings Rifles) in 1884. He was
Brigadier-General commanding the South Midland Volunteer Brigade from 1888 to
1894. He went abroad on several diplomatic missions and attended the marriage
of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh at St Petersburg, by command of Queen Victoria. He
was MP for Huntingdon from February 1876 until he succeeded to the peerage.
His travels included visits to the Holy Land, the Soudan, India, China and Japan.
The late King Edward and Queen Alexandra, when Prince and Princess of Wales, visited
Hinchingbrooke on several occasions, and in 1906 the late King Edward stayed there
from June 30th to July 2nd.
His Lordship travelled with the then Prince of Wales to Canada and the United
States in 1860 and [this relationship] became more intimate in after years.
Considerable extensions and alterations have been carried out at Hinchingbrooke
under the Earl’s personal superintendence. In recent years he has preferred
to reside at The Cottage, a modern villa of modest proportions, erected in a picturesque
corner of the park. It was here that he died.