Death of Lord Carnarvon in 1923

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The death certificate of George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, certified on 5 April 1923 by Fletcher Barrett,  MB BS (London), a Cairo physician,  contains numerous errors including blunders over the 5th Earl’s name, date of birth and the duration of his last illness. Lord Carnarvon’s name is given as Henry George Stanhope instead of George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert. Lord Carnarvon’s date of birth is given as 22 June 1865 instead of 26 June 1866. The duration of the final illness is given as 8 days instead of  the 19 days i.e between 18 March and 5 April 1923. 



In his new book Lordy! Tutankhamun’s Patron As A Young Man, William Cross, FSA Scot reveals the true cause of the death of Lord Carnarvon from the testimony of the Earl’s widow, Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon.



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George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and husband to the Rothschild heiress, Almina Wombwell, was a multi-faceted character. Yachtsman, motoring pioneer, race-goer, horseracing stud establisher, crack shot, big game hunter – his interests were indulgent. Yet all these activities are dwarfed by Carnarvon’s finest hour: his unearthing, with archaeologist friend Howard Carter, of the ancient tomb of a boy king in Egypt; a discovery that captured imaginations worldwide.


Tutankhamun’s tomb would have remained lost were it not for Lord Carnarvon, the project’s patron. “Lordy”, as he was named by the natives of the desert who were employed to dig and shift colossal sand dunes and debris, eagerly spent his wife’s money on several years of excavations in the Valley of the Kings, led by Carter. How excited he was, then, following the events of 4 November 1922 when the army of diggers uncovered a stone staircase leading down to a lost treasure. The rest is a well-known fable, with Carnarvon dying soon after the opening of the tomb – the victim of an ancient curse, according to many.


In this retrospective on the 5th Earl, William Cross ( biographer of Lady Carnarvon) offers a portrait of his very early days within a family saga, based on diaries and correspondence of the 4th Earl, Lordy’s father. Here, is Lord Carnarvon in a fresh light, one that has hitherto been buried as deep as the entrance to Tutankhamun’s tomb. Indeed, Lordy’s father and stepmother, Elsie Howard, butchered parts of the diaries, removing scores of pages, and Elsie arranged the publication of a watered-down biography of her husband, so keen were they to bury family secrets.  Thankfully plenty of evidence about Lordy was not erased, and it is through detailed research that Cross is able to present this account.



New Book Shatters The Myth Of
Lord Carnarvon's Death
Tutankhamun's Patron As A Young Man
A New Book from William Cross, FSA Scot
With An Introduction by Alfred Jones Ph.D 

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 William Cross, FSA Scot is also the Author of
The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon
A candid biography of Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon

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