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John Hugo Russell, 3rd Baron Ampthill

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: London, Middlesex, England
Death: June 3, 1973 (76)
Place of Burial: Chenies Churchyard, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England
Immediate Family:

Son of Oliver Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill and Margaret Russell, Baronness Ampthill
Husband of Sibell Faithfull Russell and Adeline Mary Constance Russell
Ex-husband of Christabel Hulme Russell
Father of Geoffrey Russell, 4th Baron Ampthill; John Hugo Trenchard Russell, Hon and Georgiana Adeline Villiers Russell
Brother of Admiral Hon. Sir Guy Russell, GBE, KCB, DSO; Hon. Phyllis Russell; Hon. Edward Russell and Brigadier Hon. Leopold Russell, OBE

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About John Russell, 3rd Baron Ampthill

Captain John Hugo Russell, 3rd Baron Ampthill CBE (4 October 1896 – 3 June 1973) was a British peer who served in the Royal Navy in both the First and Second World Wars.,_3rd_Baron_Ampthill

  • First Name: John Hugo (The Honourable)
  • Initials: J
  • Surname: Russell
  • Nationality: British
  • Information: Later Lord AMPTHILL.
  • Rank: Lieutenant
  • Service: Royal Navy
  • Archive Reference: ADM 91/144
  • Collection: Royal Naval Officers' Campaign Medal Rolls 1914-1920 - at (subscription needed)

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John Hugo Russell, 3rd Baron Ampthill

  • Born on 4 October 1896.
  • Son of Arthur Oliver Villiers Russell, 2nd Baron Ampthill and Lady Margaret Lygon.
  • Married, firstly, Christabel Hulme Hart, daughter of Lt.-Col. John Hart and Blanche Anstruther Erskine, on 18 October 1918 at St. Jude's, Kensington, London, England. He and Christabel Hulme Hart were divorced in 1931.* * Married, secondly, Sibell Faithfull Lumley, daughter of Thomas Wilkinson Lumley, on 22 February 1937.
  • Married, thirdly, Adeline Mary Constance Hone, daughter of Canon Henry Evelyn Hone and Adeline Mabel Ellen Lane, on 24 July 1948.
  • Died on 3 June 1973 at age 76

Fought in the First World War gaining the rank of Captain in the service of the Royal Navy.

In April 1922 he petitioned for divorce on account of his wife's adultery, with misconduct alleged as early as November 1918. In 1923 he again petitioned for a divorce, and disclaimed paternity of his son, Geoffrey. The petition was overturned on appeal in 1924.

In 1925 his wife was granted a declaration that his son was legitmate (although this seems doubtful given the various claims).

He succeeded to the title of 3rd Baron Ampthill, of Ampthill, co. Bedford [U.K., 1881] on 7 July 1935.

He fought in the Second World War.


  • Award of the Officer, U.S. Legion of Merit.
  • the award of the Croix de Guerre (avec palmes) in 1945.

Invested as a Commander, Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1945.

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John Russell, 3rd Baron Ampthill's Timeline

October 4, 1896
London, Middlesex, England
October 15, 1921
Age 25
October 13, 1950
Age 54
January 3, 1952
Age 55
June 3, 1973
Age 76
Chenies Churchyard, Chenies, Buckinghamshire, England