William Patrick Albert, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn
(01.05.1850 - 16.01.1942)
place of birth: London, England
Kingdom: hon. Generalfeldmarschall
Seventh child born to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, his
name was given to him by his godfather the Duke of Wellington, hero of Waterloo.
Having such a role model of course made a great impression on young
Arthur, so he was early on destined for a military career.
Arthur entered the service as a 16-year old,
and his career took him to places such as Canada, Egypt, South Africa
and India. In 1874, his mother
pronounced him Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, and in 1879 he married
Princess Lousie Marguerite, grand-niece of Kaiser Friedrich III. of
September 1906 he received ceremonial promotion to field marshal of the
Prussian Army. His relatively heavy involvement in German
affairs is most likely the reason that Arthur was sent to Canada from
1911 until 1916 where he served as Great Britain's Governor General and
Supreme Commander while the situation with Germany deteriorated. Arthur
died at Baghshot Park, Surrey, in January 1942 at the age of 91.