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Sir Harry Waechter, 1st Baronet

Sir Harry Waechter, 1st Baronet DL (6 June 1871 – 20 May 1929)[1] was the only son of Sir Max Waechter.[2] He was a businessman and philanthropist, who started developing the garden, now called "Ramster" near Chiddingfold in Surrey, which he purchased at some time between 1890 and 1900.[3] He also had property in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia (now called Harare, Zimbabwe).

He was educated at Clifton College and Trinity College, Cambridge.[4] He was made a partner in Bessler, Waechter & Co. in 1901.[5]

Waechter was appointed a deputy lieutenant of the County of London in September 1909.[6] He was raised to the Baronetage in the New Years Honours, January 1911. He is described in The Times article [7] as "Henry Waechter, Esq, Managing Director of the firm of Bessler, Waechter and Co. Limited, Shippers and Ship owners of which Sir Max Waechter is Chairman. Has given generous support to the Territorial Force and Cadet Corps in Surrey. High Sheriff of Surrey in 1910 and Master of the Chiddingfold Foxhounds. "

In 1907, he instituted a Band Competition,[8] held at Ramster.

In 1912, he gave land in Woodbridge Road, Guildford to Guildford Borough Council, in trust, with cricket included in the objects of the Trust. This land is now the home of Guildford Cricket Club.[9]

He married Evelyn Mary Josephine d'Arcy in 1911. They had two sons and a daughter. She divorced him on 15 December 1923.[10]

He served in World War I (1914–1918) in France and in Italy he received the Croix de Guerre. He was awarded the C.M.G.

He died in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia on 20 May 1929,[2] and was succeeded as Baronet by his son, Harry Leonard d'Arcy Waechter, born 22 May 1912 who died in 1985, extinguishing the title.

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Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Ramsnest)
1911–1929
Succeeded by
Harry Leonard d'Arcy Waechter
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