Martin Furnival Jones

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Martin Furnival Jones

Born7 May 1912
Died1 March 1997(1997-03-01) (aged 84)
NationalityBritish
Alma materGonville & Caius College, Cambridge
OccupationIntelligence officer, Solicitor
Espionage activity
AllegianceUnited Kingdom Flag of the United Kingdom.svg
Service branchMI5
RankDirector General of MI5

Sir Edward Martin Furnival Jones CBE (7 May 1912 – 1 March 1997) was Director General of MI5, the United Kingdom's internal security service, from 1965 until 1972.

Career[edit]

Born in High Barnet[3] and educated at Highgate School, Furnival Jones was a Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge graduate, having read modern and mediaeval languages, and law. He was Admitted as a solicitor in England in 1937, joining the leading City of London law firm Slaughter and May.[4]

When the Second World War broke out, Furnival Jones was commissioned into the Intelligence Corps, transferring to the Security Service, MI5, in 1941.[5]

He was Director-General of MI5 from 1965 to 1972.[6]

Personal life[edit]

A well-liked member of the community in the Hampstead Garden Suburb where he lived, Jones was a tennis player and bird watcher and loved to perform in amateur theatre in both the local groups; the Play and Pageant Union and Speedwell Players. It was during a production of I Remember Mama that he first met his wife, Margaret.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 41089". The London Gazette. 13 June 1957. p. 3378.
  2. ^ "No. 44326". The London Gazette. 10 June 1967. p. 6269.
  3. ^ Obituary: Sir Martin Furnival Jones New York Times, 16 March 1997
  4. ^ West, Nigel (2 September 2009). The A to Z of British Intelligence. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810870284.
  5. ^ West, Nigel (2 September 2009). The A to Z of British Intelligence. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810870284.
  6. ^ Andrew, Page 853
  7. ^ Nora Packer, writing in Garden Suburb Theatre newsletter edition 47, May 1997
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Roger Hollis
Director General of MI5
1965–1972
Succeeded by
Sir Michael Hanley