Harald Peake was born in October 1899 in Doncaster. Educated at Eton and later at Trinity College, Cambridge, he served with the Coldstream Guards towards the ends of the war and later served in the R.F.A., and Yorkshire Dragoons Yeomanry. Harald had a great interest in aviation, becoming Air Commodore in the R.A.F. He married twice, for the first time in 1933 and for the second time in 1952. His second wife, Felicity Hyde Watts, served with the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during WWII and achieved seniority, pushing the cause of women’s involvement in the war effort. Harald held a variety of important business appointments, working as the managing director of Denaby and Cadeby Main Collieries and later as a director of Rolls Royce and Chairman of Lloyds Bank. Harald was knighted in 1973 and died in 1978.
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