George Tryon, 1st Baron Tryon

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Major The Right Honourable
The Lord Tryon
PC
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Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
In office
3 April 1940 – 14 May 1940
Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
Preceded by William Morrison
Succeeded by The Lord Hankey
First Commissioner of Works
In office
18 May 1940 – 3 October 1940
Preceded by The Earl De La Warr
Succeeded by Sir John Reith

Major George Clement Tryon, 1st Baron Tryon, PC (15 May 1871 – 24 November 1940, Little Court, Sunningdale) was a British Conservative politician who served in a number of ministerial positions in the inter-war years.[1]

George Clement Tryon was son of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon and Clementina Heathcote, daughter of Gilbert Heathcote, 1st Baron Aveland.[2] Educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Tryon joined the Grenadier Guards in 1890, serving for sixteen years before retiring as Major.[2]

Tryon was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton in 1910, serving until 1940. He became Under-Secretary of Air in 1919 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions in 1920 and in 1922 became a Privy Counsellor. He served as Minister of Pensions himself 1922-24, 1924–29 and 1931–35 and was then appointed Postmaster General in 1935, serving until 1940. He was one of those to appear on the first day of BBC television broadcasts, 2 November 1936.[3]

In April 1940, Tryon was elevated to the peerage as Baron Tryon, of Durnford in the County of Wilts[4] and made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and First Commissioner of Works. However, he was replaced as Chancellor (by Lord Hankey) when Winston Churchill became Prime Minister in May, while retaining the First Commissionership; he relinquished that post the following October, a few weeks before his death.

He married Averil Vivian, daughter of Colonel Sir Henry Hussey Vivian, 1st Baron Swansea. They had two children, including Charles, 2nd Baron Tryon.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tryon, 1st Baron". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 18 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b 'Lord Tryon: Unselfish political service' (obit.), The Times, 25 November 1940, p. 7
  3. ^ BBC. "The Contest". The BBC Story. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34834. p. 2383. 23 April 1940.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Ernest Villiers
Aurelian Ridsdale
Member of Parliament for Brighton
19101940
Served alongside: Walter Rice 1910–1911
John Edward Gordon 1911–1914
Charles Thomas-Stanford 1914–1922
Alfred Cooper Rawson 1922–1940
Succeeded by
Alfred Cooper Rawson
Lord Erskine
Political offices
Preceded by
Ian Macpherson
Minister of Pensions
1922–1924
Succeeded by
Frederick Roberts
Preceded by
Frederick Roberts
Minister of Pensions
1924–1929
Succeeded by
Frederick Roberts
Preceded by
Frederick Roberts
Minister of Pensions
1931–1935
Succeeded by
Robert Hudson
Preceded by
Sir Kingsley Wood
Postmaster General
1935–1940
Succeeded by
William Shepherd Morrison
Preceded by
William Shepherd Morrison
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
1940
Succeeded by
The Lord Hankey
Preceded by
The Earl De La Warr
First Commissioner of Works
1940
Succeeded by
Sir John Reith
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Tryon
1940
Succeeded by
Charles Tryon