Rodney Dennys

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Lieutenant-Colonel Rodney Onslow Dennys, CVO, OBE, FSA (1911 – 13 August 1993) was a British foreign service operative and long-serving officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. During World War II he served in the Intelligence Corps of the British Army.

Career[edit]

Dennys joined the Foreign Service in 1937, serving in various intelligence posts, including Cairo and Paris. For his war work in the Middle East, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) on 14 October 1943.[1] He was granted the honorary rank of lieutenant-colonel on 1 January 1949,[2] and relinquished his commission in 1966, retaining that rank.[3] Dennys joined the staff at the College of Arms in 1958. His first heraldic appointment came on 8 August 1961 when he was appointed Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary to replace Walter Verco.[4] He continued in this office until 1967 when he was appointed Somerset Herald of Arms in Ordinary.[5] He held this position until his retirement in 1982,[6] after which he was granted the post of Arundel Herald of Arms Extraordinary.[7] In 1969 he was made a Member (4th Class) of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO), on the occasion of the Investiture of the Prince of Wales,[8] in the 1982 New Year Honours he was promoted to Commander (CVO).[9] In 1983 he was appointed High Sheriff of East Sussex.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Dennys's wife, Elizabeth, was a sister of the late Graham Greene. They had one son and two daughters.

Publications[edit]

  • Rodney Dennys. The Heraldic Imagination. New York: Clarkson N. Potter, 1975.
  • Rodney Dennys. Heraldry and the Heralds. London: Jonathan Cape, 1982 and 1984.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 36209. pp. 4539–4540. 12 October 1943. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 38918. p. 2563. 23 May 1950. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44056. p. 8132. 15 July 1966. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 42432. p. 5852. 8 August 1961. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: no. 44400. p. 9597. 1 September 1967. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49155. p. 14201. 1 November 1982. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49173. p. 15237. 22 November 1982. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 44888. p. 6967. 3 July 1969. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 48837. p. 4. 30 December 1981. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 49294. p. 3829. 18 March 1983. Retrieved 9 January 2008.

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Heraldic offices
Preceded by
Walter Verco
Rouge Croix Pursuivant
1961 – 1967
Succeeded by
Hubert Chesshyre
Preceded by
Michael Trappes-Lomax
Somerset Herald
1967 – 1982
Succeeded by
Thomas Woodcock
Preceded by
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Arundel Herald Extraordinary
1982 – 1993
Succeeded by
Alan Dickins