Arthur Reid Lempriere was born the 22nd August 1835 in Ewell, the seventh of the eight children born to William Charles Lempriere and his wife Harriet Reid.
The family were from Jersey. His father was a serving officer in the Royal Artillery and Arthur joined this same regiment in 1853. Initially as 2nd Lieutenant – he rose through the ranks; a Captain by 1866, Major by 1872 and Major-General ten years later. From 1876 until 1882 he was Military Secretary to Field-Marshal Lord Napier. According to his obituary (Times13.4.1927) he was the ‘model’ for Millais picture ‘A Huguenot on St Bartholomew’s Day’. His father’s family were also drawn by Millais
e married first Annie Hawkshaw Gardner in London in October 1861, but she died a year later when her husband was stationed in Aldershot. In 1864 he married Ellen Marion Hay in Elham in Kent in 1864. They had four daughters. Their third daughter Gertrude married General Sir William Eliot Peyton. The youngest, Ethel, married Colonel Clement Carr Wrigley. In 1891 the family moved to Collingwood Mount in Camberley. The General by now was retired.
His second wife died in 1898 and was buried at St Peter’s on the 12th February
In 1904 the General married for a third time – Agnes Henrietta Reid, his first-cousin.
In 1908 his daughter Ellen Annie Hay Lempriere died aged 43 and was buried at St Peter’s on the 2nd December.
It is his third wife who died 16th October 1916 and was buried 21st October aged 68.
General Arthur Lempriere died aged 91 on the 10th April 1927 and was buried at Frimley on the 13th April with his second wife and mother of his children. In his obituary in The Times (13.4.1927) it refers to the fact ‘His house at Camberley showed great hospitality throughout many years to the officers of the Aldershot garrison and the cadets of the RMC at Sandhurst’
In all within these graves are General Lempriere, his second and third wives and one of his four daughters. Another daughter is buried at Grave D5 XI – Gertrude wife of General Peyton who died in 1916, just a few days after her step-mother, at Collingwood Mount. A third, his eldest daughter, Ellen Annie Hay Lempriere is buried in Grave D6 XI
Research: Mary Ann Bennett