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Subject: Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, 9th Baron Langford


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Date Posted: Monday, November 13, 09:45:58am

War hero 105-year-old Baron Langford dies at his Rhuddlan estate

The 9th Baron Langford has died aged 105. Geoffrey Alexander Rowley-Conwy, was born on March 8 1912.

He lived at the Bodrhyddan estate in Rhuddlan , which he inherited on the death of his unmarried and childless paternal uncle Captain Rafe Grenville Rowley-Conwy in April 1951.

During the Second World War he was involved in an amazing episode in which he, then a Major, fled from Singapore when the Japanese took control of the island.

He and 18 others refused to surrender and sailed 1,500 miles across the Bay of Bengal with few supplies in a frail sailing boat before reaching safety in Ceylon.
The venture was described in detail in the 1973 book Escape From the Rising Sun by former Daily Post columnist Ian Skidmore. He left the army in 1951 when he was about to be posted to Berlin.

He attributed his longevity to his genes, as his mother was 104 when she died in 1984, his father having been killed in Gallipoli in 1915.

Ann Davies, past Chairman of Denbighshire Council, said: "He did much for the community of Rhuddlan and attended various events over the years.

"It was always delightful to visit Lord Langford at Bodrhyddan Hall and hear all about his interesting life experiences.

"It was poignant that his passing was on Remembrance Day.

"As past chairman of DCC it was a privilege visiting Bodrhyddan Hall to deliver a 105th birthday card to Lord Langford on behalf of the authority.

"This remarkable man will be sadly missed."

Lord Langford, who held the title of Constable of Rhuddlan Castle, was married three times he wed his current wife Susan in 1975 and his heir is Owain, his third son from his second marriage.

A spokesman for the Welsh Ambulance Service said: "We were called at approximately 1.35pm on Sunday afternoon to an address on Dyserth Road, Rhuddlan.

"We sent a crew in an emergency ambulance and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle to the scene."

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/baron-langford-rhuddlan-death-bodrhyddan-13894868

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He survived his father by 102 years! (His mother lived to be 104.) (NT)egee33Monday, November 13, 10:59:35am


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