Helena Gleichen (Helena Gleichen)

Helena Gleichen

British Aristocracy,  Artist. Born Helena Emily Gleichen in London, the youngest child of Viktor, Prinz zu Hohenlohe-Lanenburg and Lady Laura Seymour at which time she was granted the title of Gräfin von Gleichen. She provided some illustrations for the Younghusband Expedition to Tibet in 1904. During the First World War, in September 1917, she relinquished her German titles, and was granted the rank of a marquess’s daughter. She commanded the 4th Radiographic British Red Cross Unit housed in the Villa Zucco in Cormons, Italy. She was later decorated with the Italian Bronze Medal for Valor. She was invested as a Dame of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem and as an Officer, Order of the British Empire in 1920. During the Second World War, she staffed her estate with a private army of 80 men whom she lectured on military tactics and tutored in shooting. She was a Fellow, Society of Antiquaries. Her memoirs, “Contacts and Contrasts” were published in 1940. (bio by: Iola)


  • February, 01, 1873


  • January, 01, 1947


  • Golders Green Crematorium
  • England

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