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John Henry Peyto Verney

Birthdate: (90)
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Death: May 25, 1986 (90)
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Verney, 19th Baron Willoughby de Broke and Marie Frances Lisette Verney, Lady Willoughby de Broke
Husband of Rachel Verney, Lady Willoughby de Broke
Father of Private and Hon. Susan Geraldine Wagg

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About John Henry Peyto Verney, 20th Baron Willoughby de Broke

John Henry Peyto Verney, 20th Baron Willoughby de Broke, MC, AFC

From Wikipedia,_20th_Baron_Willoughby_de_Broke

(21 May 1896, London – 25 May 1986) was a British peer.

Background and education

The son of Richard Verney, 19th Baron Willoughby de Broke, and Marie Frances Lisette Hanbury, Verney was educated at Eton and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst. He succeeded his father in 1923.

Military career [edit]During the First World War, he was awarded the Military Cross (1918). At the end of hostilities, he became aide-de-camp to the Governor of Bombay, Sir George Lloyd, from 1919 to 1922 and adjutant of the Warwickshire Yeomanry from 1925 to 1929. In 1939 he was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire, a post he held until 1967. Between the wars both Lord and Lady Willoughby were keen aviators with their own aeroplane and private aerodrome at their home in Kineton, Warwickshire. He was also Commanding Officer from 1936-1939 of 605 County of Warwick squadron.

During the Second World War, he was a Duty Controller in the No. 11 Group Operations Room at RAF Uxbridge,[1] responsible for the fighter protection of the south-east (when he was mentioned in despatches) and then became Deputy Director of Public Relations at the Air Ministry (1941–44) and Director from 1945 to 1946.

Joint Master of the Warwickshire Hounds from 1929 to 1935 and chairman of the Wolverhampton Racecourse Company from 1947 to 1971, he was also President of the Hunters' Improvement Society for 1957–58.


Lord Willoughby de Broke married Rachel Wrey, daughter of Sir Bourchier Wrey of Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on 4 October 1933. They had two children, David Verney (born 1938), who succeeded him as 21st Baron Willoughby de Broke, and the Honourable Susan Geraldine Verney (born 1942).

ReferencesCitations [edit]^ Crozier 2007, p.28

Bibliography ]Crozier, Hazel. (2007) RAF Uxbridge 90th Anniversary 1917 - 2007. RAF High Wycombe: Air Command Media Services The Birmingham Post Year Book and Who's Who 1973-74, Birmingham Post and Mail Ltd., July 1973

Honorary titles Preceded by Lord Henry Charles Seymour Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire 1939–1968 Succeeded by Charles Smith-Ryland Preceded by P.L.M. Wright Honorary Colonel of The Warwickshire Yeomanry 1942–1956

Succeeded by

(regiment amalgamated)

Preceded by (regiment formed) Honorary Colonel of The Queen's Own Warwickshire and Worcestershire Yeomanry 1956–1963

Succeeded by

The Viscount Cobham

Peerage of England Preceded by Richard Greville Verney Baron Willoughby de Broke 1923–1986 Succeeded by Leopold David Verney

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John Henry Peyto Verney, 20th Baron Willoughby de Broke's Timeline

May 21, 1896
London, United Kingdom
May 25, 1986
Age 90