John Verney, 20th Baron Willoughby de Broke
Background and education
During the First World War, he was awarded the Military Cross (1918). At the end of hostilities, he became aide-de-camp to the Governor of Bombay, Sir George Lloyd, from 1919 to 1922 and adjutant of the Warwickshire Yeomanry from 1925 to 1929. In 1939 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, a post he held until 1967. Between the wars both Lord and Lady Willoughby were keen aviators with their own aeroplane and private aerodrome at their home in Kineton, Warwickshire. He was also Commanding Officer from 1936–1939 of 605 County of Warwick squadron.
During the Second World War, he was a Duty Controller in the No. 11 Group Operations Room at RAF Uxbridge, responsible for the fighter protection of the south-east (when he was mentioned in despatches) and then became Deputy Director of Public Relations at the Air Ministry (1941–44) and Director from 1945-46.
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Joint Master of the Warwickshire Hounds (1929-35) and chairman of the Wolverhampton Racecourse Company (1947-71), he was also President of the Hunters' Improvement Society (1957–58).
On 4 October 1933 Lord Willoughby de Broke married Rachel Wrey, daughter of Sir (Robert) Bourchier Sherard Wrey, 11th Baronet (1855-1917) of Tawstock in Devon and Lutterworth in Leicestershire. They had two children:
- David Verney, 21st Baron Willoughby de Broke (born 1938)
- The Honourable Susan Geraldine Verney (born 1942).
- Crozier 2007, p. 28
- Crozier, Hazel. (2007) RAF Uxbridge 90th Anniversary 1917 – 2007. RAF High Wycombe: Air Command Media Services
- The Birmingham Post Year Book and Who's Who 1973–74, Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd., July 1973
Lord Henry Charles Seymour
|Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire
|Honorary Colonel of The Warwickshire Yeomanry
|Honorary Colonel of The Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry
The Viscount Cobham
|Peerage of England|
Richard Greville Verney
|Baron Willoughby de Broke
Leopold David Verney