Alvary Gascoigne

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Portrait of Alvary Gascoigne, circa 1930

Sir Alvary Douglas Frederick Trench-Gascoigne GBE, KCMG (6 August 1893 – 18 April 1970) was a British diplomat.[1]

Early life[edit]

Alvary Douglas Frederick Trench-Gascoigne was born on 6 August 1893. He was the son of Colonel Frederick Richard Thomas Trench-Gascoigne and Laura Gwendolen Douglas Galton.[2]

He married Sylvia Wilder in 1916; and two children were born from that union:

  • Douglas Wilder Trench-Gascoigne (11 November 1917–August 1944)[2]
  • Yvonne Studd-Trench-Gascoigne (5 May 1919 – 17 January 1973)[2]

His first marriage ended in divorce in 1935; and he remarried in the same year to Lorna Priscilla Leatham.[2]

Lotherton Hall, Aberford, near Leeds

On the death of his father in 1937,[3] he inherited Lotherton Hall, which was the ancestral home of the Gascoigne baronets.[4]

Career[edit]

Gascoigne began military service in the First World War as a Second Lieutenant in the cavalry dragoons.[5] In 1915, he was transferred to the Coldstream Guards (Royal Field Artillery).[6]

Gascoigne's career as a diplomat lasted from 1921 through 1953.[2] In 1925, he was appointed as Second Secretary in the Foreign Office;[7] and he was promoted to First Secretary in 1933.[8]

In August 1939, Gascoigne was named Consul-General for the Tangier Zone and the Spanish Zone of the Protectorate of Morocco, to reside at Tangier.[9]

In August 1941, Gascoigne was promoted to the diplomatic rank of embassy Counsellor.[10]

Gascoigne was the British "Political Representative" in Japan from 1946 through 1951.[11] In 1947 when he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George.[12] He left Tokyo in 1951.[13]

Sir Alvary was appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Moscow on 18 October, 1951.[14] In December 1951, he was honored as Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire.[15]

Later years[edit]

Sir Alvary lived in retirement at Lotherton Hall. In 1968, he presented the Hall and grounds to Leeds City Council.[16] He died on 18 April 1970 at age 76; and the London Gazette published a notice of Sir Alvary's death.[1]

Honours[edit]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lundy, Darryl. "Sir Alvary Douglas Frederick Trench-Gascoigne, ID#34634". The Peerage. [unreliable source];"No. 45089". The London Gazette. 28 April 1970. p. 4854. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Lundy, Darryl. "ID#34634". The Peerage. [unreliable source], citing Burke's Peerage and Baronetage (Charles Mosley, ed.), 1999, vol. 1, p. 124.
  3. ^ "No. 34438". The London Gazette. 24 September 1937. p. 5987. ; "No. 34509". The London Gazette. 10 May 1938. p. 3014. 
  4. ^ Leeds City Council, Lotherton Hall
  5. ^ "No. 28791". The London Gazette. 9 January 1914. p. 259. ; "No. 28947". The London Gazette. 20 October 1914. p. 8491. 
  6. ^ "No. 31256". The London Gazette. 28 March 1919. p. 4107. 
  7. ^ "No. 33050". The London Gazette. 26 May 1925. p. 3550. 
  8. ^ "No. 33983". The London Gazette. 3 October 1933. p. 6352. 
  9. ^ "No. 34711". The London Gazette. 17 November 1939. p. 6949. 
  10. ^ "No. 35414". The London Gazette. 9 January 1942. p. 194. 
  11. ^ Hoare, James. (1999). Embassies in the East: the Story of the British Embassies in Japan, China, and Korea from 1859 to the Present, p. 214., p. 214, at Google Books
  12. ^ a b "No. 38161". The London Gazette. 30 December 1947. p. 7. ; 3rd grade "No. 38262". The London Gazette. 16 April 1948. p. 2411. ; 2nd grade "No. 38952". The London Gazette. 23 June 1950. p. 3257. 
  13. ^ UK Hansard, HC Deb 21 March 1951 vol 485 cc2413-4; retrieved 2011-05-18
  14. ^ "No. 39513". The London Gazette. 11 April 1952. p. 2013. 
  15. ^ a b c "No. 39732". The London Gazette. 30 December 1952. p. 21. 
  16. ^ Leodis, Lotherton Hall, Sir Alvary Gascoigne; retrieved 2011-05-18

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