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John Wodehouse

Death: Died
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Son of John Wodehouse, 2nd Earl of Kimberley and Isabel Geraldine, Countess of Kimberley
Husband of Frances Margaret Wodehouse
Father of John Wodehouse, 4th Earl of Kimberley

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John Wodehouse, 3rd Earl of Kimberley CBE, MC (11 November 1883–16 April 1941), styled Lord Wodehouse from 1902 to 1932, was a British peer and Liberal politician.


Wodehouse was the eldest son of John Wodehouse, 2nd Earl of Kimberley. He attended Eton College and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. At Cambridge, he was a committee member of the University Pitt Club. He started playing polo at university, where he was a member of the Light Blue team. He later played for the Old Cantabs team. He holds the unique distinction of being the only person to win a Gold Medal at the Olympics in 1920 and a Silver Medal in 1908, both for polo.

Political career and military service

Wodehouse was Member of Parliament for Mid Norfolk from 1906 to 1910. In the former year he became JP for the county of Norfolk.

Lord Wodehouse was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Norfolk Yeomanry in 1911 and served with them until the beginning of the First World War in 1914. He served as a Captain in the 16th Lancers during the war, when he was wounded and twice mentioned in despatches. He was at the Western Front in France from 1914 to 1917, and on the Italian Front during 1917-18. He won the MC in the latter year, and also received the Italian War Merit Cross. From 1921 to 1933 he was on the Reserve of Officers.

From outside Parliament he served as unpaid Assistant Private Secretary to the Colonial Secretary, then Winston Churchill, in 1921-22, and was awarded the CBE in 1925.

He succeeded in his father's titles in 1932, enabling him to sit in the House of Lords.


Lord Kimberley married the twice-divorced Frances Margaret Montagu, daughter of Leonard Irby, on 5 May 1922.

In April 1941, aged fifty-seven, he was killed in The Blitz at 48 Jermyn Street, Westminster, London, and was succeeded by his only child, John.

It is also said (Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable) that his kinsman P. G. Wodehouse based the character of Bertie Wooster on him.

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May 12, 1924
Age 41
Age 58