Brigadier Kenneth Hargreaves


Brigadier Hargreaves was awarded MBE in 1938 for services to Territorial Army and CBE in1956 for political and public services in Yorkshire. During the war he was twice mentioned in Despatches. From 1936 he was Managing Director of the Hargreaves Group of companies based at Bowcliffe Hall, Bramham and was appointed Chairman in 1964. He had a distinguished career in the Territorial Army commanding the 3rd Indian A A Brigade. He was a Lloyds underwriter, President of Wetherby Agricultural Society, President of Wetherby Silver Band and Master of the Clothworkers Company. He served as High Sheriff of Yorkshire then as Deputy Lieutenant of the West Riding of Yorkshire and City of York from 1956 – 1970. In 1974 he became the first Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire following local government re-organisation. In these roles he performed a great many duties including Meeting the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when their plane landed at Rufforth for a Royal visit to York, accompanying Princess Anne on a visit to the Marguerite Hepton Children’s Hospital in Walton, attending the opening ceremony of the Home Office Forensic Science Laboratory in Audby Lane Wetherby. He lived for many years at Castle Garth in Wetherby and after his first wife died he married Hon Mrs Margaret Packe in the Queen Anne Chapel at Bramham Park. Special permission for the venue had to be obtained from the Archbishop of Canterbury. A tribute dinner was held in Wakefield to celebrate his retirement as Lord Lieutenant on his 75th birthday and he and Mrs Hargreaves held a 150th birthday party at their home at Kirk Deighton Manor. Brigadier Hargreaves died at the age of 87.

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