Charles Thomas Milnes-Gaskell was the son of Major Evelyn Milnes-Gaskell and Lady Constance Harriet Stuart Milnes-Gaskell. Constance was the daughter of the Earl of Ranfurly and the brother of Viscount Northland who died in World War One. She was brought up in Northland House in Dungannon. Charles Thomas Milnes-Gaskell was born on 5th November 1908 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire. Like his late uncle, Viscount Northland, he joined the Coldstream Guards. Lieutenant Colonel Milnes-Gaskell became part of S.O.E. during WW2. He died on the 5th November 1943. He was killed in an air crash whilst returning from Moscow. It was his 35th birthday.