Left : Elizabeth Catherine Howard. She was the 4th Countess of Carnarvon from 1878 -1890. After this she became the Dowager Countess of Carnarvon. She died in 1929, in Italy.
Right : Henry, 4th Earl of Carnarvon. He died in 1890. His first wife, Lady Evelyn Stanhope, died in 1875, from the effects of child birth.
Elizabeth and Henry were cousins.
AND THE GREAT WAR
HOSPITAL MAVERICK IN EGYPT
William Cross, FSA Scot, the biographer of Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, has uplifted previously untapped material from The Royal Archives, Windsor Castle and National Archives, Kew, for an in depth study of Elizabeth Catherine Howard ( 1856-1929), the 4th Countess of Carnarvon. In addition, Cross has made a close study of Elsie’s personal letters in Somerset Archives and in Cumbria Archives, as well as dipping into war diaries and newspaper sources about Elsie’s life and times. She was the second wife of Henry, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, a great Victorian statesman, and Colonel Secretary and Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, who died in 1890.
At the outset the research was focused on revealing Elsie’s role as a maverick hospital organiser in Egypt in the Great War. The Countess was given special powers to visit all the hospital ships coming into Alexandra from the killing fields of Gallipoli. It was described by Elsie as “chaos”. And she describes the battle for the beaches of Turkey as “the charge of the 600 over and over again”. That horrific story will be revealed by Cross in his new book “ Lady Carnarvon's Nursing Homes: Nursing the Privileged in Wartime and Peace" to be published in 2011.