1. Memorial:Brookwood Cemetery

Awards & Titles:

Justice of the Peace

Early Life :

Shelley Leopold Laurence Scarlett, 5th Baron Abinger, joined the Anglesey House of the Wellington College in 1885.

A Naval Reserve Officer he was attached to the Bedfordshires during the war between 1915-16. He is reported to have died on active service in May 1917, aged 46 whilst serving at the Admiralty. He is buried at Brookwood Cemetery.

Abinger was Honorary Attache to Stockholm between 1897 and 1899, an honorary Major in the Army, and a JP. He was the great grandson of Percy Bysshe Shelley (by adoption).

Service Life:


Unit / Ship / Est.: Bedfordshire Regiment 

Action : Natural Causes 

Natural causes is attributed those deaths due to causes that were not directly associated with the war. Included in this are wartime deaths resulting from, for example, theSpanish Influenza pandemic and its associated pneumonia problems and other attributions such as age and exhaustion. It also groups those who through Post Traumatic Stress committed suicide as a result of their experiences.

Detail :

Probate record: ABINGER, Baron, The Honourable Shelley Leopold Laurence Scarlett of Abinger, Surrey and Rownhams House, Rownhams, Hampshire, died 23rd May 1917 at 22 George Street, Hanover Square, Middlesex. Probate, London 19 October to the Honourable Hugh Richard Scarlett, Major HM Army and John Edward Corbould esquire. Effects £73661 10s. 6d.

Hampshire Advertiser 26 May 1917 "ROWNHAMS. DEATH OF LORD ABINGER. Lord Abinger died in London on Wednesday, after a short illness. Shelley Leopold Lawrence, fith Lord Abinger, was a son of Lieuteant-Colonel L.J.Y. C. Scarlett, a grandson of the first Lord Abinger, who was raised to the peerage in 1835, shortly after his appointment to Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer. Lord Abinger was born April 1, 1872, and succeeded his cousin in 1903. He was for some time captain and honorary major in the 3rd Bedfordshire Regiment. In 1894 he was appointed an honorary Attache to the British Legation at Berne, and three years later he was transferred to Stockholm, where he remained for two years. He had been serving during the present war in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, in which he held the honorary rank of commander. In August, 1899, Lord Abinger married the only daughter of the late Sir William Arthur White, some time British Ambassador in Constantinople, and widow of the Kammerherr Curl E. De Geijer, of the Swedish Diplomatic Service, but he left no children, and is succeeded in title by his brother, the Hon. Robert Brooke Campbell Scarlett, who was born in 1876, and is barrister and at the present time serving as an assistant paymaster in the Royal Naval Reserve. The late Lord Abinger and Lady Abinger (who has greatly identified herself with war-charity activity) have been living at Rownhams in recent years. They had previously lived near Bournemout at the home of the Shelleys. The new Peer, brother of the late Lord Abinger, is a barrister, at present service as an Assistant-Paymaster in the Royal Naval Reserve. The funeral of Lord Abinger will be at Brookwood Cemetery this afternoon. A memorial service will be held at St. Margaret's Church, Westminster this morning."

Sheffield Daily Telegraph 24 May 1917 "Lord Abinger Dead. A popular and unassuming peer, Lord Abinger died to-day from pneumonia at the age of forty-five. He will be missed not only in the West End clubs, but at the Admiralty, where he had done valuable work in the intelligence department. His cousin, the last Lord Abinger, whom he succeeded in 1903, met an untimely death at the age of thirty-three by following down the staircase of a restaurant in Montmartre. The new Lord Abinger, the Hon. Robert Scarlett, is in the Navy. As a midshipman he was on H.M.S. Victoria in the collision off Tripoli. Lord Abinger was the eldest son of the late Lieutenant-Colonel Scarlett, of the Scots Guards, and a kinsman of General Scarlett, son of the first Lord Abinger, who led the Heavy Brigade at Balaclava. On his mother's side Lord Abinger was a great-great-nephew of Shelley. His family seat, Boscombe Manor, near Bournemouth, was once the home of the Shelleys."

Masonic :

TypeLodge Name and No.Province/District :
Mother : Powney No. 3099 E.C.Hampshire & IOW
Joined : Malmesbury No. 3156 E.C. London
Joined : Old Wellingtonian No. 3404 E.C. London

17th January 1906
21st February 1906
21st March 1906

Abinger was an initiate of Powney Lodge No. 3099, Lymington on the 17th January 1906.

Shortly after he is seen as a petitioner and a founding member of The Malmesbury Lodge No 3156, joining at its consecration on 14th March 1906. He was living at Boscombe, Bournemouth at the time and listed as a Peer.

He also was a joining member Old Wellingtonian Lodge No 3404 on 10th February 1910.

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