Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley

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James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley

Birthdate: (84)
Birthplace: Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Death: February 6, 1968 (84)
Immediate Family:

Son of John Mathias Berry and Mary Anne Rowe
Husband of Mary Lilian Berry and Edith Merandon du Plessis, Lady Kelmsley
Father of Geoffrey Berry, 2nd Viscount Kemsley; Major Hon. Denis Gomer Berry; William Neville Berry; Hon Sir Anthony George Berry and Mary Pamela Gordon
Brother of Henry Seymour Berry, 1st Baron Buckland and William Ewart Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose

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About Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley


(James) Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley GBE (7 May 1883 – 6 February 1968), was a Welsh newspaper publisher.


Berry was born the son of John Mathias and Mary Ann (née Rowe) Berry, of Merthyr Tydfil in Wales. He was the younger brother of Henry Berry, 1st Baron Buckland, an industrialist, and William Berry, 1st Viscount Camrose, a fellow press lord.


Berry originally co-owned The Daily Telegraph with his second brother Lord Camrose, and Lord Burnham. He founded Kemsley Newspapers, which owned The Sunday Times, The Daily Sketch and The Sunday Graphic amongst its titles. He was created a baronet in 1928, and was appointed as an Officer of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem in 1931. In 1936, he was created Baron Kemsley, of Farnham Royal in the County of Buckingham, and raised to Viscount Kemsley, of Dropmore in the County of Buckingham, in 1945. In 1929 he was appointed High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and in 1959, a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GCB) for "political and public service".


Lord Kemsley married twice: firstly in 1907 to Mary Lilian Holmes, daughter of Horace George Holmes, with whom he had six sons and a daughter, and secondly Marie Edith Merandon du Plessis, daughter of E. N. Merandon du Plessis. Upon his death James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley of Dropmore GBE, was buried in St Anne's churchyard, Dropmore. Marie Edith, Viscountess Kemsley OBE was buried with him following her death on 12 September 1976. The title passed to his eldest son Lionel. His youngest son, Conservative politician the Honourable Sir Anthony Berry, was killed by the IRA in the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing.

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Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley's Timeline

May 7, 1883
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Age 25
July 11, 1911
Age 28
Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Age 30
Age 34
February 12, 1925
Age 41
February 6, 1968
Age 84