Obituary: The Late Lieut. Francis A. Monckton

Published on 01 December 1915 in Obituaries

THE study of Ornithology and especially of the birds of Staffordshire has recently sustained a great loss by the death of Lieut. Francis Algernon Monckton, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, who was killed in action on November 8th. 1914. He was the eldest son of Mr. Francis Monckton, of Stretton Hall, Stafford, and was born on the 6th of May, 1890, and educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. He obtained his commission as 2nd Lieutenant in the Scots Guards in February, 1912, becoming Lieutenant in the following year. Around his home at Stretton, which is situated in a beautiful rural district, he had a great opportunity of studying the local birds and especially the wildfowl which frequent the lake in Stretton Park, the River Penk which runs through the estate, and a large sheet of water known as Bellfield’s Reservoir. This part of the county of Stafford lies almost in a direct line with one of the great flight lines of our winter migrants coming in from the east coast to the south-west, and thus Staffordshire has obtained records a great number of them being supplied by Monckton, of most of the rarer wild Geese, Ducks, Waders, etc. Here from his boyhood Monckton made a study of local birds, and especially of their various stages of plumage. The writer had the pleasure on April 8th, 1911, of staying with him at Stretton and of visiting Bellfield’s Reservoir, on which occasion we observed many interesting birds. Since the year 1905

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