Sir Erskine William Gladstone was the great-grandson of William E. Gladstone.
Sir William served in the Royal Naval Reserves during the Second World War. Later he was a teacher in Shrewsbury and at Eton, and Head Master of Lancing.
He had significant public roles serving the local and national community. He was Chief Scout for 10 years and a Chairman for the representative body of the Church in Wales for 15 years.
He was described by those who knew him as a kind and patient man, a good judge of character and as having a commitment to the well-being of every member of the community.