John Gretton, 1st Baron Gretton

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John Gretton
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Personal information
Full name John Gretton, 1st Baron Gretton
Nationality British
Born (1867-09-01)1 September 1867
Newton Solney
Died 2 June 1947(1947-06-02) (aged 79)
Melton Mowbray
Sport Sailing
Class(es) .5 to 1 ton
Updated on 2014-02-08.

John Gretton, 1st Baron Gretton, CBE, PC (1 September 1867 – 2 June 1947), was a British businessman and Conservative politician. Gretton won two gold medals in the 1900 Olympic Games.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Gretton was the eldest son of John Gretton of Burton upon Trent, and was educated at Harrow School. He was Chairman of Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton Ltd, and also served as a Colonel in the Territorial Army. In 1895 he was elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament (MP) for Derbyshire South, a seat he held until 1906, and then represented Rutland from 1907 to 1918 and Burton from 1918 to 1943. Gretton was made a CBE in 1919 and admitted to the Privy Council in 1926. In 1944 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Gretton, of Stapleford in the County of Leicester. He was a Deputy Lieutenant of Derbyshire.[2]

Lord Gretton married the Hon. Maud Helen de Moleyns, youngest daughter of Dayrolles Blakeney Eveleigh-de-Moleyns, 4th Baron Ventry, in 1900. He died in June 1947 in Melton Mowbray, aged 79, and was succeeded in the barony by his son John.

A noted yachtsman, Gretton won two gold medals in the 1900 Olympic Games. He is unique in winning an Olympic gold medal whilst serving as a member of the House of Commons. (John Wodehouse, MP for Mid Norfolk 1906-10, won a silver medal at the 1908 Olympic Games.)


  1. ^ "John Gretton Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympic Sports. Retrieved 2014-02-08. 
  2. ^ Lundy, Darryl. "John Gretton". The Peerage accessdate=September 2009. [unreliable source]

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Harrington Evans Broad
Member of Parliament for Derbyshire South
Succeeded by
Herbert Raphael
Preceded by
George Finch
Member of Parliament for Rutland
Constituency abolished
Preceded by
Robert Ratcliff
Member of Parliament for Burton
Succeeded by
John Frederic Gretton
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Gretton
Succeeded by
John Frederic Gretton