Harold Leveson-Gower was born in 1905 and died very suddenly in October 1973.

He was educated at Harrow and Sandhurst and joined the 7th Hussars at Tidworth in 1925. As was not unusual in those days he remained with the Regiment, apart from going on courses, until early in 1939, when he was posted to a Staff appointment in Gibraltar.

It was his misfortune that it was impossible then to fit him into the Regiment during the war as he had little or no experience of tanks, and he therefore spent those years on the Staff eventually holding two GSO1 appointments, one in India and another in Burma.

He retired in 1946 and settled in Yorkshire where he did much work in the county, and eventually became a County Councillor.

In his younger days, Harold was a good all-round games player. His best game was probably lawn tennis, but he was also a very useful cricketer. Besides being a good forcing batsman, he bowled what is known as “Military Medium” better than most. He also played back in the Subaltern’s polo learn for several years, during which they won tournaments at Woolwich and Stoke D’Abesnon.

Later in life he became a good shot and was very knowledgeable about rearing pheasants.

He got married in 1930, to Kate Wilson, and to her and his son and daughter, we extend our deepest sympathy. His son, Charles, was an outstanding National Service Officer in the 7th Hussars and now holds a very responsible position in a large engineering firm in Yorkshire.

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