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Ismay, Baron (UK, 1947 - 1965)


Creation: let.pat. 14 Jan 1947


Extinct: 17 Dec 1965


Family name: Ismay




Azure a Cross Crosslet Or on a Chief Argent a Maunch Sable between two pairs of Cavalry Swords in saltire proper


Two Cavalry Swords in saltire proper in front of a Crescent between two Annulets Gules


Dexter:  A Private of the Somaliland Cavalry Corps;  Sinister:  A Sowar of the Indian Cavalry, both in field service dress proper


 Have No Fear



Hastings Lionel [Ismay], 1st Baron Ismay, KG CH GCB DSO PC

second son of Sir Stanley Ismay KCSI by his wife Beatrice Ellen Read, dau. of Col Hastings Read


21 Jun 1887


4 Aug 1921 Laura Kathleen Clegg, only dau. of Henry Gordon Clegg, of Wormington Grange, Broadway, co. Gloucester


1. Hon Susan Katharine Lucy Ismay (b. 29 May 1922), mar. (1) 28 Apr 1942 (div. 1946) Maj Neville Ewart Hyde Chance, only son of William Hyde Chance, of Rangoon, Burma, and (2) 16 Dec 1949 Maj Michael John Evetts MC, only son of Lt Gen Sir John Fullerton Evetts CB CBE MC, of Kemerton, co. Worcester, and has issue by both husbands

2. Hon Sarah Field Ismay (b. 16 May 1928), mar. 10 Feb 1948 (div. 1984) Wentworth Hubert Charles [Beaumont], 3rd Viscount Allendale, and has issue

3. Hon Mary Quenelda Stanley Ismay (b. 28 Jul 1929), mar. (1) 19 Feb 1952 Robert Mervyn Fitz Finnis, solicitor (d. 1955), only son of Robert Leslie Finnis, of 29 Palace Gate, London W8, and (2) 1957 Maj George Raymond Seymour CVO DL, of Thane Cottage, Templeton Road, Kintbury, co. Berkshire, High Sheriff of Berkshire 1989 (b. 5 May 1923), only son of Lt Col Sir Reginald Henry Seymour KCVO, Equerry to King George V 1916-36, by his first wife Winifred Boyd-Rochford, widow of Lt Col Harold Boyd-Rochford DSO MC and only dau. of John Bathurst Ackroyd, of Birdingbury Hall, Rugby, co. Warwick, and has issue by both husbands


17 Dec 1965


14 Jan 1947 Baron Ismay, of Wormington in the County of Gloucester


joined the Army 1905;  served on North West Frontier of India 1908, in Somaliland 1914-15 and 1920, in World War I 1914-19 as Brevet Major, at Staff College, Quetta 1922, and RAF Staff College, Andover 1924;  DSO 1920;  Deputy Assistant Quarter Master General, Army HQ, India 1923;  Assistant Secretary to Committee of Imperial Defence 1926-30;  CB 1931;  Military Secretary to Viceroy of India 1931-33;  General Staff Officer at War Office 1933-36;  Deputy Secretary to Committee of Imperial Defence 1936-38 and Secretary 1938;  Maj General 1939;  Deputy Secretary (Military) to War Secretary 1939;  KCB 1940;  Chief of Staff to Ministry of Defence 1940-46;  Lieut General 1942;  General 1944;  additional Secretary (Military) to Cabinet 1945;  CH 1945;  GCB 1946;  Chief of Staff to Viceroy of India 1947;  Privy Councillor 1951;  Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations 1951-52;  Secretary-General of NATO 1952-57;  Knight of the Garter 1957


 First written 4 Sep 2012



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