William Vanneck, 5th Baron Huntingfield
|The Right Honourable
|17th Governor of Victoria|
14 May 1934 – 4 April 1939
|Monarch||King George V (1934-1936)
King Edward VIII (1936)
King George VI (1936-1939)
|Preceded by||Lord Somers|
|Succeeded by||Sir Winston Dugan|
3 January 1883|
|Died||20 November 1969(aged 86)|
|Alma mater||Wellington College|
Born in Gatton, Queensland, Australia. He was the son of Hon. William Arcedeckne Vanneck and Mary Armstrong. He was educated at Wellington College, Berkshire, whereafter he joined the 13th/18th Hussars reaching the rank of captain. He succeeded his uncle in 1915 as 5th Baron Huntingfield of Heveningham Hall and 7th Baronet Vanneck of Putney.
He married Margaret Eleanor Crosby (d. 1 March 1943) and had four children:
- Hon. Sara Carola Vanneck (25 September 1913 – 2001), married David Arthur Peel on 14 April 1936
- Gerald Vanneck, 6th Baron Huntingfield (1915–1994)
- Hon. Anne Margaret Theodosia Vanneck (20 May 1918 – 2000), married Peter Moro, the architect, on 2 March 1940 and had issue; divorced 1984.
- Hon. Sir Peter Vanneck (1922–1999)
Between 1923 and 1929 he was member for Eye, Suffolk in the Parliament of the United Kingdom. He was successively Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of the Home Office 1926–7, and then to the President of the Board of Trade between 1927–8.
He was a freemason. He was initiated to the craft in 1919, in the United Lodge No. 1629. He became a member of the United Service Lodge No. 330 in Victoria as a Past Master in 1934. Shortly after that, in 1935, he became Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria. After his return to England, in 1940, he was appointed Senior Grand Warden of the United Grand Lodge of England.
Honours and later life
He was invested as a Knight Commander, Order of St Michael and St George in 1934. He was Colonel of the 58th Battalion, Company of London Home Guard during World War II. He was given the rank of Honorary Air Commodore in No. 21 (City of Melbourne) Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force. Finally he was invested as a Knight of Grace, Order of St. John of Jerusalem.
His first wife having died in 1943, he married Muriel Mary Georgina Duke (d. 13 May 1953) and had one daughter:
- Hon. Katherine Grace Vanneck (b. 10 August 1954), married Nicholas John Bacon on 2 December 1976 and had issue
- "thePeerage.com". Retrieved 27 January 2007.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Lord Huntingfield
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Eye
The Lord Somers
|Governor of Victoria
Sir Winston Dugan
|Peerage of Ireland|