LONDON (Dec. 31)
Scores of leaders in every walk of British life joined today in sending condolences to Lady Reading and to Viscount Erleigh, son of the British statesman, who died yesterday. Among those from whom messages were received were King George, Queen Mary, David Lloyd George, Lord Hailsham and Ramsay MacDonald.
Lord Reading’s body will be cremated at Golders Green tomorrow. Memorial services will be held Thursday afternoon at the West London Synagogue.
The Times, in a lengthy editorial today reviewing the services the Marquess rendered to Britain, declared: “His countrymen may reflect with profound gratitude that he lived to do them great services in the stage of life at which it is conventionally considered a career is over.”
Lord Hewart, Lord Chief Justice (the position that Lord Reading previously held), asserted in an article in the London Daily Mail he was one of the greatest advocates of his time, embodying “all the best traditions of a profession that is proud to have numbered him among its members.”
The Daily Telegraph terms him in an editorial “the most eminent and versatile British public servant of his race and faith since Disraeli,” adding that “there could be no higher eulogy.”