Gerald Grosvenor, 4th Duke of Westminster
The Duke of Westminster
|Born||13 February 1907|
|Died||25 February 1967 (aged 60)|
|Parents||Lord Hugh Grosvenor|
Lady Mabel Crichton
|Awards||Distinguished Service Order|
He inherited his titles 1963 upon the death of his sixty-eight year old cousin, William Grosvenor, 3rd Duke of Westminster, who died unmarried and childless.
He was commissioned into the 9th Lancers from the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, in 1926. He was promoted lieutenant in 1929, Captain in 1936, and major in 1943. From 1936 to 1938 he served as regimental adjutant and in 1938 he was appointed adjutant of the Nottinghamshire Yeomanry.
He commanded his regiment in the Second World War with the rank of lieutenant-colonel and was wounded in the leg by a shell splinter on 18 July 1944, suffering from attacks of septicaemia for the remainder of his life. In 1947 he was invalided out of the Army, but in 1950 was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Wiltshire Army Cadet Force.
In 1952, he was appointed as an Exon in the Yeomen of the Guard. On 18 February 1955, he was appointed honorary colonel of the Cheshire Yeomanry and on 19 May 1961, he was appointed colonel of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers. In 1959 he served as High Sheriff of Cheshire. He was made a Privy Counsellor in 1964.
On 11 April 1945, when he was third in line of succession to his eventual titles, he was married to Sally Perry, who was one of three extramarital daughters of Muriel Perry by Roger Ackerley. They were childless.
He is also known to have ordered the demolition of Alfred Waterhouse's Eaton Hall in 1963, at a time when Victorian architecture was unappreciated. It was replaced by a far smaller, modern house. At the time of the demolition, he was Britain's wealthiest peer.
Styles of address
- 1907–1943: Mr Gerald Grosvenor
- 1943–1961: Major Gerald Grosvenor
- 1961–1963: Colonel Gerald Grosvenor
- 1963–1967: His Grace The Duke of Westminster
The Duke of Hamilton
| Lord Steward
The Viscount Cobham
Sir Richard McCreery
| Colonel of the 9th/12th Royal Lancers
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Vere Arbuthnot Arnold
| High Sheriff of Cheshire
Ronald Henry Antrobus
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Duke of Westminster