Ronald Armstrong-Jones

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Ronald Armstrong-Jones
Personal details
Born Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones
(1899-05-18)18 May 1899
Romford, Essex, England
Died 27 January 1966(1966-01-27) (aged 66)
[[Caernarfon], [Gwynedd], Wales
Spouse(s) Anne Messel
(m. 1925; div. 1934)

Carol Akhurst
(m. 1936; div. 1959)

Jenifer Unite
(m. 1960)
Children Susan Vesey, Viscountess Vesci
Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
Peregrine Armstrong-Jones
Parents Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones
Margaret Roberts
Alma mater Eton
Magdalen College, Oxford (1922)
Military career
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service c. 1914–1945
Rank Major
Service number 139806
Unit Royal Regiment of Artillery
King's Royal Rifle Corps
Battles/wars World War I
World War II

Major Ronald Owen Lloyd Armstrong-Jones, MBE, QC, DL (18 May 1899 – 27 January 1966) was a British barrister and soldier and the father of Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.

The only son of Sir Robert Armstrong-Jones, a psychiatrist, and Margaret Roberts, daughter of Sir Owen Roberts, he was born in Romford and educated at Sandroyd School and Eton.[1][2]

During the First World War Armstrong-Jones was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant[3] into the Royal Regiment of Artillery. After the war he continued his education at Magdalen College, Oxford,[3] graduating in 1922, then became a barrister in the Middle Temple.[4] In 1936 Armstrong-Jones served as High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire.[5] During the Second World War he returned to the army and served as a Major in the King's Royal Rifle Corps; he was invalided out in 1945, after serving as Deputy Judge Advocate to Montgomery's staff in Normandy and being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 1945 New Year Honours in recognition of his service.[6] During the war, his home, "Stream House" at Henley Park, was requisitioned to the British Army.[7]

He was a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers and from 1955 to 1959 he was a member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal. He also served as a Governor of St Bartholomew's Hospital.

Armstrong-Jones was married three times. Firstly, on 22 July 1925, to Anne Messel (8 February 1902 – July 1992); after having two children, Antony (1930–2017), the brother-in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, and Susan (1927–1986), who married John Vesey, 6th Viscount de Vesci, they divorced in 1934, and Anne later married the 6th Earl of Rosse. On 18 June 1936 Armstrong-Jones married secondly Carol Akhurst; they divorced in 1959, and Carol was killed in a car crash in 1966. He married thirdly Jenifer Unite on 11 February 1960 and they had one son, Peregrine Armstrong-Jones (born 1960). Jenifer Unite, an air hostess, was the daughter of Basil Unite, a major fruit importer. Antony Armstrong-Jones attended his father's last wedding.

Armstrong-Jones died on 27 January 1966 in Caernarfon at the age of 66.[8]


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 December 2017. 
  2. ^ Cathcart, Helen (1968). Lord Snowdon. London: W.H. Allen. p. 60. ISBN 978-0491003810. 
  3. ^ a b Cathcart, Helen (1968). Lord Snowdon. London: W.H. Allen. p. 36. 
  4. ^ Cathcart, Helen (1968). Lord Snowdon. London: W.H. Allen. p. 35. 
  5. ^ "No. 34261". The London Gazette. 3 March 1936. p. 1380. 
  6. ^ "No. 36866". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 1944. p. 13. 
  7. ^ Cathcart, Helen (1968). Lord Snowdon. 1968: W.H. Allen. p. 63. ISBN 978-0491003810. 
  8. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 16 December 2017.