Born: 17th June 1912, Elstree, Hertfordshire.

Died: 7th January 1944; age 31; at Aislaby Hall, Aislaby, Yorkshire – from suffocation and burning sustained as the result of an accidental fire.

Inquest held 10th January 1944 and by adjournment on 17th January 1944.

Residence: Thurston Lodge, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Occupation: Chartered Accountant.


On the 23rd July 1939, Ronald, late Cadet Under-Officer, Eton College, Contingent, Junior Division, Officers Training Corps became a 2nd Lieutenant.


Rank: Major; Service Number: 94115.

Regiment: 8th King’s Royal Rifle Corps.


Grave Reference:

Screen Wall,

Ipswich Crematorium,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Major R.M. Grigg & the Hon. Mrs. E.D. Grigg, of Sunninghill, Berkshire.


Father: Major Ronald Methven Grigg J.P., born 1877, Buenos Aires, Argentina – died February 1942, of Thurston Lodge, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

Mother: Lady Ethel Dorothy Grigg (nee Sugden), born 1888, Bowes, Middlesex.


Ronald attended Eton College – entered Michaelmas Term of 1925 until Michaelmas 1931. His Headmaster and Tutor was Mr. C.A. Gladstone. Ronald was involved with many activities at Eton.  He was a member of the Eton Society, he acted in plays, took part in debates, and played many sports including Cricket, Rowing, Football, and Rugby.

Information courtesy of Georgina – Archives Assistant – Eton College.

Ronald was admitted as Pensioner at Trinity College, Cambridge 1st October 1931 on the tutorial side of the classicist A. S. F. Gow. Ronald studied French and German within the Modern Languages Tripos, graduating with a 3rd-class BA in 1934. He also took subsidiary courses in British Archaeology from the Air and Economic Problems of the British Empire.

Information courtesy of Jonathan – Trinity College Archivist.


Probate to the Honourable Ethel Dorothy Grigg – mother.


Minor bit of information: Ronald’s parents, in about 1919, purchased a large house in Kentford, Suffolk, called Regal Lodge. The vendor was actress Lillie Langtry, who had lived there from about 1895 and entertained many famous people, including Edward, the Prince of Wales. She had her race horses in training at Newmarket. In 1899 Langtry had married Hugo de Bathe and became Lady de Bathe.
Ronald’s uncle was Frank Edward Sugden, 3rd Baron St Leonard, who remained a bachelor, and from census return for 1911 and the register for 1939, seems to have lived with Ronald’s parents.

Ted Robbens.

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