Mention in Despatches London Gazettes 4.1.1917. and 24.12.1917.
Colonel Richard Walter John Hely-Hutchinson, 6th Earl of Donoughmore, [K.P.], was born in March 1875, educated at Eton and New College, Oxford and served as Private Secretary to the Governor of Hong Kong, Sir Henry Blake, G.C.M.G., prior to entering the world of politics in 1903 with his appointment as Under Secretary of State for War. Subsequently Chairman of Committees in the House of Lords, he became Deputy Speaker to the same establishment in 1911, an appointment that was interrupted by the outbreak of hostilities.
Onetime serving as a Captain in the 3rd (Militia) Battalion of the Royal Irish Regiment, Donoughmore went on to attain the rank of Colonel for his work with the British Red Cross Society in France and Belgium between 1915-18, services that also resulted in him being Mentioned in Despatches and awarded the Belgian Order of Leopold I, in addition to being appointed a Knight of Justice of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem on becoming Director of the St. John Ambulance Service in 1916.
Returning to the political arena at the House of Lords at the end of hostilities, Donoughmore, who had been appointed a Knight of St. Patrick in April 1916 and a P.C. in June 1918, served as Chairman of the Special Commission on the Ceylon Constitution between 1927-28 and of the Committee set up to investigate Ministers' Powers between 1929-31.
The Earl, onetime a J.P. and D.L. for County Tipperary, and a J.P. for Country Waterford, was latterly Chairman of the National Radium Commission and died in October 1948, his passing sounding another death knell for the survival of the Order of St. Patrick. Interestingly, his ancestor, the 1st Earl of Donoughmore, in his capacity as Prime Serjeant of Ireland, had read out the Royal Warrant instituting the Order in March 1783, an event now brought full circle.