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Mary Elizabeth Catherine Gibbs
Henry W. Currie
Charles Henry Wyndham Court-Repington
Emily Currie
Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Court-Repington


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Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Court-Repington 36

  • Born: 29 January 1858, Heytesbury, Wiltshire
  • Marriage: Melloney Catherine Scobell on 11 February 1882 in London
  • Died: 25 May 1925, 81 Pembroke Crescent, Hove, Sussex aged 67 416

bullet  General Notes:

Charles Repington was born at Heytesbury, Wiltshire in 1858. His father, Henry Wyndham Repington, was Conservative MP for Wilton (1852-1855). Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he joined the Rifle Brigade in 1878. After active service in Afghanistan, he entered the Staff College at Camberley. After acting as a military attach in Brussels and the Hague, Repington served in the Boer War. In 1900 Repington was posted to
Egypt where he became involved with the wife of a British official. The military authorities warned Repington about his behaviour and he promised to stop seeing the woman. However, the relationship continued and when the husband named Repington in divorce proceedings, he was forced to resign from the army.
Repington now turned to writing and became military correspondent of the Morning Post (1902-1904) and The Times (1904-1918). On the outbreak of the First World War Repington remained in London and relied on his contacts in the British Army and the War Office for his information. Through his friendship with the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army, Sir John French, Repington was invited to visit the Western Front in November 1914, whereas most war correspondents were banned from France.
On a visit to the Western Front during the offensive at Artois, Repington was shown confidential information about the British Army being short of artillery shells. When his article about the shell shortage appeared in The Daily Mail, its owner, Lord Northcliffe, called for Lord Kitchener, the War Minister, to be sacked. Repington
now had growing influence over military policy and one politician described him as "the twenty-third member of the Cabinet". The discussion that followed Repington's article resulted in David Lloyd George being appointed Minister of Munitions. However, Lord
Kitchener got his revenge on Repington by getting him banned from the Western Front and he was not allowed to return until March, 1916.
In 1918 Repington and Lord Northcliffe, the owner of The Times, had a dispute over the war and this led to him rejoining the Morning Post. Soon afterwards, Repington was charged with contriving the Defence of the Realm regulations when he disclosed secret information in an article he wrote for the newspaper. Repington was found guilty and
After the war Repington worked for the Daily Telegraph. He also wrote several books on the war including The First World War (1920) and After the War (1922). In these books Repington divulged private conversations and correspondence. Although the books sold well, Repington was shunned by former friends who felt he had betrayed them. Charles Repington died in Hove on 25th May, 1925.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

1. Census UK 1891: 1891, 16 Hobart Place, Knightsbridge, London.

2. Census UK 1911: 1911, Maryon Hall, Frognal Lane, Hampstead, London. 10

3. Passenger list: 19 October 1921, SS Adriatic, Southampton To New York. 66

4. Passenger list: 17 December 1921, SS Olympic, New York to Southampton.

5. Passenger list: 28 January 1922, SS Aquitania, Southampton To New York. 66

6. Passenger list: 10 April 1922, SS Mauretania, New York To Southampton. 66

7. Resided: 10 April 1922, 1 Pembroke Crescent, Hove, West Sussex.

8. His funeral was held on 29 May 1925 in St. Barnabas Church, Hove, Sussex. 417 12:30pm


Charles married Melloney Catherine Scobell, daughter of Henry Sales Scobell and Catherine Sarah Jenner Bedford, on 11 February 1882 in London. (Melloney Catherine Scobell was born in 1860 in London and died in 1934 in Westminster, London 418.)

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