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Lord Raglan dies in hospital near his Usk home


Lord Raglan, who was an avid car enthusiast, speaking in 1996 about his Bugatti

Lord Raglan has died in hospital at the age of 82.

Born FitzRoy John Somerset, the fifth Baron Raglan was taken on Friday to Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, where he died on Sunday.

He was patron of a number of charities, heavily involved in the Usk community, and renowned for his love of vintage racing cars, including his own Bugatti.

He was described by friend Peter Woodiwiss as a "true gentleman" who shied away from the limelight.

Lord Raglan was patron of the Bugatti Owners Club and in 1996 his Bugatti - which he kept in his stable of his Cefntilla Court home - was featured on BBC Wales Today.

He often allowed charities to use his home and gardens near Usk for events and was involved with the Usk Open Gardens weekend, which raises money for charities.

Lord Raglan
He was a very well liked, humorous man who can never be replaced
Peter Woodiwiss, friend

Lord Raglan was also involved in Usk Civic Society, Usk Rural Life Museum and many other organisations.

Mr Woodiwiss said his friend frequently visited his home to eat with him and his wife Betty, and described Lord Raglan as a man with a big heart who was generous with his time.

'Way of life'

"He could be stubborn, but was always fair and generous," said Mr Woodiwiss. "He did a huge amount behind the scenes and didn't want to be in the limelight.

"He was a very well liked, humorous man who can never be replaced. He was part of a generational way of life that has now gone."

Born FitzRoy John Somerset on November 8 1927, Lord Raglan was the son of the Fourth Baron Raglan and the Honourable Julia Hamilton.

He married Alice Baily, daughter of Peter Baily, in 1973. The couple had no children and were divorced in 1981.

The former Welsh Guard lived alone at Cefntilla, employing a housekeeper.

The First Baron Raglan commanded British troops in the Crimea and was responsible for the Charge of the Light Brigade, although he didn't actually join the charge, instead observing it through a telescope from a nearby hill.

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