George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway
|The Right Honourable|
The Viscount Galway
GCMG, DSO, OBE
|5th Governor-General of New Zealand|
12 April 1935 – 3 February 1941
|Preceded by||The Lord Bledisloe|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Newall|
|Born||24 March 1882|
|Died||27 March 1943 (aged 61)|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford|
George Vere Arundel Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway GCMG, DSO, OBE (24 March 1882 – 27 March 1943) was a British politician. He served as the fifth Governor-General of New Zealand from 1935 to 1941.
Early life and family
George Vere Arundell Monckton-Arundell Galway was born on 24 March 1882. His parents were George Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway and Vere Gosling. He had one sibling: Violet Frances Monckton-Arundell (14 May 1880 – 24 October 1930). He received his education at a preparatory school in Berkshire before attending Eton (1895–1900) and Christ Church College in Oxford (1900–1904). He graduated with a Master of Arts in modern history.
Viscount Galway married Lucia Margaret White, daughter of the 3rd Baron Annaly, in 1922. They had four children: Mary Victoria Monckton (born 1924), Celia Ella Vere Monckton (1925–1997), Isabel Cynthia Monckton (born 1926) and Simon George Robert Monckton-Arundell (1929–1971).
Viscount Galway succeeded his father to the family's Irish peerage in 1931.
Monckton-Arundell was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Rangers) Yeomanry on 1 January 1900, and promoted to lieutenant on 11 June 1902. In 1904, he joined the First Life Guards, the senior regiment of the British Army that makes up the Household Cavalry, where he rose to the rank of Colonel Commandant. During the First World War he was appointed as adjutant general and quartermaster general. He was of the Royal Artillery (1933–35). In 1933 he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) until 1934, when he relinquished it on appointment as Governor-General of New Zealand. Upon retirement from his post as Governor General he returned as Colonel Commandant of the HAC until his death. He was also appointed Honorary Colonel of the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (later 42nd (The Robin Hoods, Sherwood Foresters) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers) in 1933.
Governor-General of New Zealand
Viscount Galway was Governor-General of New Zealand from 12 April 1935 to 3 February 1941. His military background made an impression with cabinet ministers of the time. His term was twice extended because of World War II. Viscount Galway and his wife received numerous gifts during his time as Governor-General. Some were returned to New Zealand around the time of the sale of the family house Serlby Hall and were donated to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 1980.
He was a freemason. During his term as governor-general (1935–1938), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand.
Later years and death
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The Viscount Bledisloe
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Sir Cyril Newall
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