James Ramsden (politician)
|The Right Honourable
|Secretary of State for War|
21 October 1963 – 1 April 1964
|Prime Minister||Sir Alec Douglas-Home|
|Preceded by||Joseph Godber|
|Succeeded by||Office abolished|
|Member of Parliament
11 March 1954 – 28 February 1974
|Preceded by||Christopher York|
|Succeeded by||Robert Banks|
1 November 1923 |
|Years of service||1942–51|
|Unit||King's Royal Rifle Corps|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
Ramsden born in Liverpool in 1923, the son of Captain Edward Ramsden and his wife Geraldine. His father was a brother of George Taylor Ramsden, a Coalition Unionist MP for Elland, while his mother was a sister of brothers Sir Frank O'Brien Wilson (a Royal Navy officer and early settler of Kenya) and Sir Murrough John Wilson (a Conservative MP for Richmond, Yorkshire). During the Second World War, he served as a lieutenant with the King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Ramsden sat as Member of Parliament for Harrogate from 1954 to 1974. He served under Harold Macmillan as Under-Secretary of State and Financial Secretary for War from 1960 to 1963 and under Sir Alec Douglas-Home as Secretary of State for War from 1963 to 1964. At the April 1964 reshuffle, the former cabinet positions of First Lord of the Admiralty and Secretary of State for Air, along with Ramsden's post, were incorporated into an expanded Ministry of Defence, under the leadership of the new position of Secretary of State for Defence. Ramsden was appointed Minister of State for the Army at the Ministry of Defence, a post he held until the Home government fell in October 1964. He was sworn of the Privy Council in 1963.
- "Oral history: RAMSDEN, James (b.1923)". The History of Parliament. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- The London Gazette: . 5 February 1943. Retrieved 16 September 2016.
- "Rt Hon James Ramsden interviewed by Alexander Lock". British Library Sound Archive. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
- "Charlotte Cheverton | Mapping Memorials to Women in Scotland". womenofscotland.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-12-18.
- Leigh Rayment's Peerage Pages [self-published source][better source needed]
- Rulers.org page on UK government officials (search for "Ramsden")
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