David Kelly (diplomat)
Kelly passed the entrance examination for the Foreign Office in 1914 but on the outbreak of the First World War he volunteered for the army and was commissioned in the Leicestershire Regiment. He was brigade intelligence officer for the 110th Infantry Brigade (formed from Leicestershire Regiment battalions and known as the Leicester Tigers) from 1915. He was awarded the Military Cross in 1917.
After the war Kelly joined the Diplomatic Service and served in Buenos Aires, Lisbon, Mexico, Brussels, Stockholm and Cairo. He was Minister to Switzerland 1940–42 followed by appointments as Ambassador to Argentina 1942–46, to Turkey 1946–49 and to the Soviet Union 1949–51. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the King's Birthday Honours of 1935, promoted to Knight Commander (KCMG) in the Birthday Honours of 1942 on his appointment to Argentina, and to Knight Grand Cross (GCMG) in the New Year Honours of 1950. He was also made a Knight of Malta in 1954.
In 1920, while serving in Buenos Aires, Kelly met and married Isabel Adela Mills. They had a son and a daughter, but she died in 1927. In 1929 he married his second wife, Marie-Noële de Jourda de Vaux, who as Lady Kelly became "a diplomatic hostess, traveller and writer ... one of the grandes dames of British diplomacy ... [who] presided with great panache over embassies in Bern, Buenos Aires and Ankara" As Marie Noele Kelly she wrote five books including her autobiography, Dawn to dusk (Hutchinson, London, 1960) with a preface by Rebecca West, a close friend. They had two sons and she survived her husband by 35 years until she died in 1995.
Battle of Britain film
- 39 months with the "Tigers", 1915-1918, E. Benn Limited, London, 1930
- The ruling few : or, the human background to diplomacy, Hollis & Carter, London, 1952
- Beyond the Iron Curtain, Hollis & Carter, London, 1954
- The hungry sheep : a discussion of modern civilisation, Hollis & Carter, London, 1955
- El poder detrás del trono (The power behind the throne), Ediciones Coyoacán, Buenos Aires, 1962
- The London Gazette: . 4 June 1917.
- The London Gazette: . 2 May 1919.
- The London Gazette: . 23 February 1940.
- The London Gazette: . 22 September 1942.
- The London Gazette: . 3 December 1946.
- The London Gazette: . 30 August 1949.
- The London Gazette: . 3 June 1935.
- The London Gazette: . 11 June 1942.
- The London Gazette: . 2 January 1950.
- Lady Kelly (obituary), The Times, London, 24 February 1995, page 10
- KELLY, Sir David (Victor), Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007, accessed 19 July 2012
- Neville Wylie, Kelly, Sir David Victor (1891–1959), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008, accessed 19 July 2012
- Sir David Kelly (obituary), The Times, London, 24 February 1995, page 21
- Obituary – An Outspoken Envoy At Moscow – Sir David Kelly, The Glasgow Herald, 28 March 1959, page 6
Sir George Warner
|Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary at Berne
Sir Clifford Norton
Sir Esmond Ovey
|Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Buenos Aires
Sir Reginald Leeper
Sir Maurice Peterson
|Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Angora
Sir Noel Charles
Sir Maurice Peterson
|Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at Moscow
Sir Alvary Gascoigne