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Henry Charles Ponsonby Moore, 10th Earl of Drogheda KCMG PC (21 April 1884 – 22 November 1957)[1] was an Anglo-Irish civil servant, British Army officer, barrister and peer.

He was the son of Ponsonby Moore, 9th Earl of Drogheda and Anne Tower Moir. He worked as a clerk in the Foreign Office between 1907 and 1917. On 28 October 1908 he succeeded to his father's title and in 1913 was elected as an Irish representative peer, entitling him to a seat in the House of Lords.[2] Having left the Foreign Office, on 31 July 1917 he commissioned into the Irish Guards and subsequently saw active service in the First World War.[3] In 1919 he was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George.[4] He relinquished his commission in 1921.[5]

After leaving the Army, Drogheda trained in law and became a member of the Inner Temple. During the Second World War, he served as Director-General of the Ministry of Economic Warfare between 1942 and 1945. On 1 January 1945 he was knighted as a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.[6] Between 1946 and 1957 he was Chairman of Committees and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, and in 1951 he was made a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. On 30 January 1954 he was made Baron Moore, of Cobham in the County of Surrey in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, thus entitling him and his descendants to an automatic seats in the House of Lords.[7]

Between 1918 and 1922, Drogheda served as the last Lord Lieutenant of Kildare. Drogheda married twice, to Kathleen Pelham Burn and Olive Mary Meatyard, and was succeeded in his titles by his eldest son from his first marriage, Charles Moore.

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Political offices
Preceded by
The Lord Dunboyne
Irish Representative Peer for Ireland
1913–1957
Succeeded by
Position lapsed
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Sir Anthony Weldon, Bt
Lord Lieutenant of Kildare
1918–1922
Succeeded by
Office lapsed
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
Ponsonby Moore
Earl of Drogheda
1908–1957
Succeeded by
Charles Moore
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Moore
1954–1957
Succeeded by
Charles Moore

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