Seymour Berry, 2nd Viscount Camrose
Berry was born in Surrey on 12 July 1909, the eldest son of William Berry, later first Viscount Camrose and first Baronet Berry of Hackwood Park, and Mary Agnes Berry, née Corns. He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, where he was tutored by Sir Roy Harrod.
On 10 March 1941 he was elected Member of Parliament (Conservative) for Hitchin in the by-election held after Sir Arnold Wilson was killed on active service. He held his seat until 1945, when it was won by Philip Asterley Jones (Labour).
Coterminously, he served in the City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders). He saw active service in North Africa and Italy, rose to the rank of Major, was mentioned in despatches, and was awarded the Territorial Efficiency Decoration (TD).
At the age of seventy-six, and following a discreet friendship of more than thirty years, Lord Camrose married the Honourable Joan Yarde-Buller, daughter of Sir John Yarde-Buller, 3rd Baron Churston and Jessie Yarde-Buller (née Smithers) Baroness Churston, then Jessie FitzGerald, Duchess of Leinster, who was perhaps better known by her stage name Denise Orme. Lady Camrose had twice been previously married, first to Loel Guinness, and secondly to Prince Aly Khan, son and heir apparent of Aga Khan III. Prince Aly was disinherited and consequently Lady Camrose's son Karīm succeeded as Aga Khan IV. Lady Camrose was also known as Princess Joan and Princess Tajudaullah.
Lord Camrose died aged 85 in Westminster, London, without issue, on 15 February 1995. He was survived by his wife, while the viscountcy and the baronetcy were inherited by his brother, Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, who disclaimed the viscountcy for life.
- Historic painting bought for the nation, BBC News, 21 January 2002
- Announcement of the death of Lady Camrose, including her obituary from Electronic Telegraph no. 708, 3 May 1997
- Burke's Peerage, Baronetage, and Knightage (107th edn, 3 vols, Wilmington: Burke's Peerage, 2003), i, 673
- Brief biographical entry on a website about his tutor Sir Roy Harrod
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Viscount Camrose
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Sir Arnold Wilson
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Philip Asterley Jones
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