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Sir-Edward William Macleay  Grigg

Sir-Edward William Macleay Grigg

Male 1879 - 1st December,1955  (75 years)

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  • Name Sir-Edward William Macleay Grigg 
    Born 8 Sep 1879  Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Gov. & Commander in Chief,Kenya 
    Died 1st December,1955  Sodbury Gloustershire,England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I98  griggfamilytree
    Last Modified 8 Aug 2015 

    Father Henry Bidewell Grigg,   b. 7 Jun 1841, Theberton, Suffock Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Apr 1895, Cochin-Madras India Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Louisa Deas-Thomson,   b. Nov 1836, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1920, Eton Buckinghamshire,England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 83 years) 
    Married 30 Nov 1870  Ootacamund,Madras,Indea Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F54  Group Sheet

    Family Hon.Joan Alice Katherine Dickson Poynder 
    +1. John Edward Poynder Grigg,   b. 15 Apr 1924,   d. 31 Dec 2001, London U.K. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Hon Anabel Desiree Grigg
    +3. Hon Anthony Ulick David Douglas Grigg
    Last Modified 8 May 2014 
    Family ID F55  Group Sheet

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  • Notes 
    • The wedding was a grand event with many distinquished guests including
      The Prince of Wales,Lady Patricia Ramsey,the Spanish Ambassador and
      Mne Merry del Val, the Polish Minister, Prince Obolensky,the Marquess
      of Carmarthen,the Dowager Marchioness of Tweeddale,Earl and Countess
      Beatty,Miss Field,The Earl and Countess of Cromer,the Countess of
      Derby,Lady Victoria Bullock,the Countess of Dunmore,Earl and Countess
      of Buxton,Cora Countess of Stratford,The Spanish Ambassador,Duke and
      Duchess of Rutland ,the Earl and Countess Buxton, Earl and Countess of
      Derby, Lady Geraldine Churchill , LLyod George and his wife and
      another 200 Lords and Lady's.
      The bridal gown was ivory chiffon velvet with long white and silver
      brocaded train, embossed in a raised design of white roses in velvet.
      A tulle veil reaching to the head of the train fell from a wreath of
      real orange blossom ,and a bouguet of orange flowers grown in
      England,was carried.
      There was a guard of honour at the church of Girl Guides and Boy
      Scouts from North London.
      After the reception at 20, Portmore-square, Sir Edward and Lady Grigg
      left for Sandwich Bay, whence they will proceed to Egypt.

      Sir Edward died of Cardiac Asthma

      Sir Edward is a great-grandson of Sir Richard Bourke a former Governor
      of New South Wales.
      He had a distinguished career at Oxford and as Dominions editor of the
      London Times. Subsequently he was editor of the " Round Table" on the
      outbreak of war he joined the Grenadier Guards, and took part in heavy
      fighting. He was promoted to a post of great responsibility on the
      divisional staff early in 1918, and when the army of occupation was
      reduced he was appointed a member of the War Office Committee on " The
      Organization of the Future Army" He is acting as political adviser to
      the Prince on his Dominions tour.
      He is secretary of the Rhodes Trust, and a director of Reuters and sat
      in Parliament for Oldham.
      Sir Edward was honoured in England, 1945. Created 1st Lord Atrincham
      of Tormarton, Gloustershire. Edward was the Parlimentary Under-
      Secretary for war to Winston Churchill. He was made first Lord
      Altrincham of Tormastron, Somerset in 1954.
      Was highly decorated ; PC , KCMG , KCVO , DSO , MC.
      Was a member of Parliament.
      Was military secretary to HRH Prince of Wales during visit to Canada
      1919 and Australia and New Zealand 1920,
      Private Secretary to PM (Rt Hon D Lloyd George) 1921-2.
      Governor and Commander in Chief, Kenya 1925-30.
      Parliamentary Secretary to Minister of Information 1939-40, Financial
      Secretary to War Office April/May 1940.
      Joint Under Secretary of State for War 1940-42, Minister Resident in
      the Middle East 1944-45, sat as MP for Oldham (NL) 1922-25 and for
      Altricham Division of Cheshire (C) 1933-45 ,
      Created Baron Altricham of Tormarton, country Gloucestershire 1945,
      married 1923 Hon Joan Alice Katherine Dickson Poydner daughter 1st
      Baron Islington, died 1955, succeeded by his eldest son (27) John
      Edward Poydner , 2nd Baron and present peer Debrett's Peerage
      ' He accompanied the Prince of Wales to South Australia and the other
      Australian States in 1920 in capacity of military secretary.
      The Prince of Wales was founded in the '30s for the sons of the white
      settlers and administrators. The school magazine for 1963 includes the
      address from Canon Capon, the school chaplain, at the Duke of York
      School's Founder's Day [the DoY was the brother school to the PoW] :
      'European education had begun in this country originally, I believe,
      for the children of railway officials. It expanded, and what had begun
      as one school in successive stages divided into primary and secondary
      section .... About 1929 Sir Edward Grigg, then Governor and later to
      become the first Lord Altrincham, had the vision to see that Kenya
      would soon need a school to be run along the lines of the English
      Public Schools. A good many people thought he was crazy - not long
      after that I first came to this countryand remember well the fears
      felt by my friends. They really believed that if their children were
      kept out here during their 'teens they would row up to be either
      mentally deficient or physically deforemd or both. But despite those
      fears the Prince of Wales School was founded and begun on its present
      wonderful site in 1931 - all honour to Sir Edward Grigg for his
      persistence and vision.'
    • Edward Grigg, 1st Baron Altrincham
      From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
      The Right Honourable
      The Lord Altrincham

      Governor of Kenya

      In office
      10 February 1925 ? 27 September 1930
      Preceded by Edward Denham (Acting)

      Succeeded by Henry Monck-Mason Moore

      Personal details
      Born 8 September 1879
      Madras, India

      Died 1 December 1955 (aged 76)
      Tormarton, Gloucestershire,England

      Nationality England

      Political party Liberal, then Conservative

      Spouse(s) Joan Alice Katherine Dickson-Poynder
      Children John Grigg (son)

      Alma mater
      New College, Oxford

      Occupation Journalist, civil servant
      Edward William Macleay Grigg, 1st Baron Altrincham, KCMG, KCVO,DSO, MC, PC (8 September 1879 ? 1 December 1955) was a British colonial administrator and politician.
      ? 1 Biography
      o 1.1 Early years
      o 1.2 Military service
      o 1.3 Entry into politics
      o 1.4 Governor of Kenya
      o 1.5 Resuming politics
      o 1.6 Final years
      ? 2 Works
      ? 3 References
      ? 4 External links
      Early years[edit]
      Grigg was the son of Henry Bridewell Grigg, a member of the Indian Civil Service, and Elizabeth Louisa, née Thomson, the daughter of Edward Deas Thomson. Born in Madras, he was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he won the Gaisford Prize for Greek verse in 1902.[1]Upon graduation, he embarked on a career in journalism. He joined The Timesin 1903 as secretary to the editor, George Earle Buckle, then moved to The Outlook in 1905, where he worked as assistant editor under J. L. Garvin. Grigg returned to The Times in 1906, where he was the head of the colonial department until he resigned in 1913 in order to become the co-editor of The Round Table Journal.[2]
      Military service[edit]
      At the start of the First World War, Grigg enlisted in the Grenadier Guards. Serving in France, he distinguished himself in combat before his transfer to the staff in 1916. He received the Military Cross in 1917 and the Distinguished Service Order the following year, and was a lieutenant-colonel by the end of the war. Grigg was created Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1919 and served as military secretary to the Prince of Wales from 1919 until 1920, accompanying the prince on tours of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. For his services, Grigg was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1919 and Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1920.
      Entry into politics[edit]
      Upon his return in 1920, Grigg became a private secretary to Prime Minister David Lloyd George. Grigg became devoted to Lloyd George, developing a deep respect for the "Welsh Wizard" that subsequently limited his political career. After Lloyd George's departure in 1922, Grigg passed up a number of appointments within the civil service to enter the House of Commons. He was elected to Parliament as a Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) in 1922 from the constituency of Oldham. During this period he also served as secretary to the Rhodes Trust, a position he held from 1923 until 1925.[2]
      Governor of Kenya[edit]
      In 1925, Grigg resigned his seat to accept an appointment as governor of Kenya. While frustrated in his assigned task to merge Kenya with the bordering British colonies of Uganda and Tanganyika, he provided energetic administration to the colony, improving agriculture, education, and infrastructure during his governorship. Yet Grigg opposed consideration of the colony's development into a multi-racial state, believing that the native African population was ill-prepared for managing the government. During this period he was named KCMG in 1928.[3]
      Resuming politics[edit]
      Grigg returned to Britain in 1930. Though offered his choice of Indian governorships, his poor health, along with that of his wife, forestalled accepting an appointment. Instead, Grigg decided to reenter politics. Though initially nominated as theConservative candidate for the Leeds Central constituency in the 1931 general election, Grigg loyally stood aside for theNational Labour candidate, Richard Denman. Two years later, he returned to Parliament in a by-election for the constituency of Altrincham. He would serve as MP for Altrincham until the constituency was abolished in 1945.
      Grigg's return to politics coincided with the rise to power of Adolf Hitler as German chancellor. Grigg feared the Nazimovement and in two books he pressed the case for a strong defense against the threat it posed. Yet Grigg never openly challenged the policy of appeasement advanced by the governments of Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain, keeping his criticisms private. When war did break out, Grigg joined the government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Information. In April 1940 he became first the financial secretary, then joint parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War, a post he held until March 1942. He declined Winston Churchill's invitation to become First Commissioner of Works, as it was dependent upon acceptance of a peerage, and did not return to government until he was selected as Minister Resident, Middle East in November 1944. He was also appointed a Privy Counsellor in 1944.[3]
      Final years[edit]
      In the aftermath of the Conservative caretaker government's defeat in the 1945 general election, Grigg was raised to the peerage as Baron Altrincham, ending his political career. Three years later, he assumed the editorship of the National Review, a post he held until failing health forced his retirement in 1954. Grigg died a year later in Gloucestershire aged 76. His son, John Grigg, who became the second Baron Altrincham upon his father's death, disclaimed the peerage in 1963 under the terms of the Peerage Act of that year.