Basil Sanderson, 1st Baron Sanderson of Ayot

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Basil Sanderson
Born19 June 1894
Died15 August 1971
EducationRugby School
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford
TitleBaron Sanderson of Ayot
Spouse(s)Evelyn Constance Ismay
ChildrenAlan Lindsay Sanderson
Parent(s)Harold Arthur Sanderson
Maud Blood
RelativesJ. Bruce Ismay (father-in-law)

Basil Sanderson, 1st Baron Sanderson of Ayot, MC (19 June 1894 - 15 August 1971),[1][2] was a British businessman and public servant.

Early life[edit]

Basil Sanderson was born on 19 June 1894. His father, Harold Arthur Sanderson,[1] was the general manager of the White Star Line. His mother was Maud Blood of New York City.[1]

Sanderson was educated at the Rugby School and at Trinity College, Oxford.[1] He served in the Duke of Lancaster's Own Yeomanry in the First World War and was awarded the Military Cross.[1]


Like his father he became involved in business, especially the shipping trade, and held directorships with numerous company.

During the Second World War he served as Director of Shipping in Port at the Ministry of Shipping from 1939 to 1941 and as Head of Port Transit Control at the Ministry of War Transport from 1941 to 1945. After the war Sanderson was managing director of the Shaw Savill shipping line from 1945 to 1959 and the firm's chairman from 1947 to 1963.

On 4 July 1960, he was raised to the peerage as Baron Sanderson of Ayot, of Welwyn in the County of Hertford.[1][3]

Personal life[edit]

In 1927 Sanderson married Evelyn Constance Ismay (1897–1940),[1] daughter of shipowner J. Bruce Ismay[2] who was the managing director of the White Star Line.

Death and legacy[edit]

Sanderson died on 15 August 1971, aged 77.[1] He was succeeded in the barony by his eldest twin son Alan, who disclaimed the peerage for life the same year.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Burke’s Peerage & Baronetage, Crans, Switzerland: Burke’s Peerage, 2003, p. 3522
  2. ^ a b c Cokayne, George Edward; Hammond, Peter W. (1998), The Complete Peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, Extant, Extinct or Dormant: Addenda and Corrigenda, XIV, Gloucestershire, England: Sutton Publishing, Ltd., p. 829
  3. ^ "No. 42085". The London Gazette. 5 July 1960. p. 4671.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
New creation
Baron Sanderson of Ayot Succeeded by
Alan Lindsay Sanderson