The Earl of Halifax
Memorial in York Minster
|Member of the House of Lords|
23 December 1959 – 19 March 1980
|Preceded by||The 1st Earl of Halifax|
|Succeeded by||The 3rd Earl of Halifax|
|Member of Parliament |
6 May 1937 – 9 July 1945
|Preceded by||Roger Lumley|
|Succeeded by||John Corlett|
|Born||3 October 1912|
Garrowby, Yorkshire, England
|Died||19 March 1980 (aged 67)|
Garrowby Hall, Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Lady Ruth Primrose|
|Children||3, including Peter|
|Parents||Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax|
Lady Dorothy Onslow
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax, Viscount Halifax of Monk Bretton, 6th Baronet Wood of Barnsley in the County of York, and 2nd Baron Irwin of Kirby Underdale in the County of York, was a British peer, Conservative politician, Lord Lieutenant of Humberside and High Steward of York Minster.(3 October 1912 – 19 March 1980), 4th
Early life and education
He was educated at Eton College. Charles graduated from Christ Church, University of Oxford, Oxford, England, in 1934 with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. He successfully captained the Oxford University Polo Team in the same year.
He gained the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1934 in the service of the Royal Horse Guards.
Like his father, Wood also entered politics, becoming Member of Parliament (MP) for the City of York in 1937, as a Conservative. In 1939, at the outbreak of World War II, he rejoined the Royal Horse Guards and served for three years in the Middle East. Charles was styled Lord Irwin between 1944 and 1959. In 1959, Wood succeeded his father as 2nd Earl of Halifax. He continued as a member of parliament during this time. At the 1945 general election, he lost his seat to the Labour candidate, John Corlett. Charles held the office of Deputy Lieutenant of the East Riding in Yorkshire between 1955 and 1968, Lord-Lieutenant of Humberside between 1974 until 1980 and High Steward of York Minster between 1972 until 1980.
In 1936, he married Ruth Alice Hannah Mary Primrose (18 April 1916 – 1989), daughter of the Liberal politician Captain Neil James Archibald Primrose and Lady Victoria Alice Louise Primrose, née Stanley, a granddaughter of the Prime Minister Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery.
They had three children:
- Lady Caroline Victoria Wood (born 10 September 1937, died 15 November 2014), married, firstly, Randle J. Feilden in 1958 (divorced in 1970), secondly, John V. Gosling in 1970.
- Virginia Mary Feilden (born 6 June 1959, died 24 March 1994)
- Randle Charles Roderick Feilden (born 19 January 1961)
- Fiona Caroline Feilden (born 26 January 1965)
- Lady Susan Diana Wood (born 22 September 1938), married Brigadier Ian Darsie Watson in 1959.
- David Charles Darsie Watson (born 29 July 1960)
- Richard Ian Watson (born 30 January 1962)
- The Rt Hon. Charles Edward Peter Neil Wood, 3rd Earl of Halifax (born 14 March 1944)
- "Charles Ingram Courtenay Wood, 2nd Earl of Halifax". ThePeerage.com. Darryl Lundy. 27 November 2008. Retrieved 9 August 2009.
- "Oxford University Polo Club". Oxforduniversitypoloclub.com. Archived from the original on 27 November 2013. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
- "Shirley Heights' Derby". The Age. 8 June 1978. p. 28. Retrieved 8 December 2014.
- "Kirby Underdale". Visitor.uk.com. Retrieved 28 February 2020.
- "Person Page 2289". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Lady Caroline Gosling – obituary". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Person Page 23097". Thepeerage.com. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- "Halifax, Earl of (UK, 1944)". Cracroftspeerage.co.uk. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Halifax
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
| Member of Parliament for the City of York
The Lord Middleton
| Lord Lieutenant of the East Riding of Yorkshire
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Earl of Halifax
| Viscount Halifax|
| Baron Irwin|
|Baronetage of Great Britain|