Charlotte ('Cara') Brocklebank


Charlotte Carissima (‘Cara’) Brocklebank (1885–1948), only surviving daughter of Gen. Sir Bindon and Lady Blood, was born in Simla, Bengal. (Sir Bindon, who was descended from an old Irish family, was known to be one of Lord Kitchener’s most trusted lieutenants). In her early years in India, it was reported, Cara Brocklebank grew up to be ‘a notable sportswoman and tiger-shot, and … accounted for much big game in her last year or two in India’. She married in 1910 Lt.-Col. Richard Hugh Royds Brocklebank, DSO (1881–1965), of the 9th Lancers. They had three children (of whom one died in childhood), lived at 18 Hyde Park Square, London W.2, and enjoyed a fine country residence: Alveston House, near Stratford-on-Avon. Cara Brocklebank enjoyed the arts, and cultivated writers including Edith Sitwell.