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'Looked up to by all - his presence will be missed' Tributes are paid to leading member of Scout movement Gladstone.

Byline: JEZ HEMMING @FlintshireChron

TRIBUTES have been paid to a leading member of the Scout movement and descendant of one of the UK's greatest Prime Ministers. Sir Erskine William Gladstone - the great grandson of the 19th Century Liberal PM William Ewart Gladstone - has died.

Sir William, who lived at the family seat on the Hawarden Estate, Flintshire, died last week at the age of 92 in the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Sir William became the UK's Chief Scout of the United Kingdom in 1972, a position he held until 1982.

He was renowned for his work promoting scouting within deprived inner city areas and became chair of the World Scout Committee in 1979.

The son of Sir Charles Gladstone and Isla Margaret Gladstone, he was educated at Eton College, Berkshire.

A Royal Naval reservist, who saw action in the Indian Ocean during World War II, he was a Knight of the Garter and a former Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd.

After the war he taught at Eton and Shrewsbury Colleges and was a headmaster at Lansing College, West Sussex.

He is survived by his wife, Lady Rosamund and three children, Charles Angus, Victoria Frances and Robert Nicolas.

One of North Wales most famous parliamentarians, Lord Barry Jones of Mostyn, said Sir William gave "magnificent service" to the region.

He said: "He was a reforming scout who left his mark in changing times. His service to the world of education is well remembered as headmaster of Lansing School."

Lord Jones, a former MP for Alyn and Deeside, said Sir William was a "strong supporter" of North Wales Police and the Church in Wales.

He added: "Sir William was looked up to by all and his presence will be missed.

"Lady Janet and I wish to offer our sincere sympathies to Lady Rosamund and all of her family." His great-grandfather was born in Liverpool in 1809 and took office as Prime Minister between 1852-55, 1859-66, 1873-74 and 1880-82.

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Publication:The Chester Chronicle (Chester, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Apr 12, 2018
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