Additional short biography of Norman Loder
Norman Wilfrid Loder came to Ettington, with his wife and young son, when in 1924 he took the lease of Fosse Hill House (now the Chase Hotel and Conference Centre). They were joined by Mrs. Loder's sister, whose husband was a senior navy officer, Commander Edward Richard Busk Kemble.
Major Loder had served on the Western Front in the First World War, in the Suffolk Regiment, East Kent Regiment ('The Buffs') and the Army Service Corps, attaining the rank of Lieutenant.
He was born at Slaugham, Sussex in 1885 and attended Henley House School near Tunbridge Wells where he met Siegfried Sassoon. The two became great friends and both went on to Cambridge University in 1905.
Norman Loder's great passion was hunting and in 1907 he became Master of the Pack of the Cambridge University Staghounds. He was also a polo enthusiast and well-known in the polo world.
After university he went to Ireland and became Master of the Galway Blazers. In 1913 he became Master of the Atherstone Hunt in Warwickshire and the following year was appointed Master of the Fitzwilliam Hunt at Milton, near Peterborough. After the war he returned to Atherstone.
He remained good friends with Siegfried Sassoon and introduced him to hunting. Sassoon visited Loder's home on many occasions before, during and after the war, and in 1918 dedicated his poem 'The Old Huntsman' to him. However there is no record of him ever visiting Loder at Fosse Hill House.
When he moved to Ettington, Norman Loder took up the post of Land Agent to Viscount Bearsted of Upton House, the HQ of the Warwickshire Hunt and continued in that role for the rest of his life.
Very sadly in 1927 his young son John W. Loder died at the age of 11 years.
At some point he became Major Loder. During his time in Ettington he became the inaugural President of the British Legion on formation of the branch in 1936, he was President of the Men's Hut Committee, Section Leader of the Special Constabulary, School Manager, member of the Parochial Church Council and Treasurer of the Ettington branch of the Rugby Conservative Association.
His death occurred suddenly on Thursday 1st August 1940 at Fosse Hill House. He was dressed and about to go downstairs for breakfast when he collapsed and passed away owing to heart trouble, from which he had suffered for some time. He was 53 years old.
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