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Sir George Herbert Duckworth

Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Marylebone, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: April 27, 1934 (66)
Immediate Family:

Son of Herbert Duckworth and Julia Prinsep Stephen
Husband of Margaret Leonora Evelyn Selina Duckworth
Father of Henry George Austen de l'Etang Herbert Duckworth; Auberon Charles Allan Campbell Duckworth and Anthony John S. Duckworth
Brother of Stella Hills and Gerald de l'Etang Duckworth
Half brother of Vanessa Bell; Thoby Stephen; Virginia Woolf and Adrian Stephen

Managed by: Susan Mary Rayner (Green) ( Ryan)
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About Sir George Herbert Duckworth CB FSA

Sir George Herbert Duckworth CB FSA (5 March 1868 – 27 April 1934) was an English public servant.

Early life and family

The son of Herbert Duckworth, a barrister, of Orchardleigh Park, Somerset, by his marriage to Julia Prinsep Jackson, a niece of the photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, Duckworth had a younger brother, Gerald, who later founded the London publishing firm of Duckworth & Co.

After Herbert Duckworth's death, Julia Duckworth married secondly the author Leslie Stephen, and Duckworth was thus a half-brother of the painter Vanessa Bell and the writer Virginia Woolf, leading members of the Bloomsbury Group, and of Thoby and Adrian Stephen. Both sisters, Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf later accused their two Duckworth half-brothers of molesting them as a child.

Duckworth was educated at Eton, where in 1886 he was a member of the First XI for cricket, and then at Trinity College, Cambridge.


From 1892 to 1902, Duckworth acted as secretary (without pay) to the philanthropist Charles Booth, and then from 1902 to 1905 as secretary to Austen Chamberlain, at a time when Chamberlain was in the Cabinet, first as Postmaster General and then as Chancellor of the Exchequer. From 1906 to 1908 Duckworth was secretary to the Treasury Committee on War Risks of Shipping, and from 1908 to 1933 Secretary to the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments. During the First World War he was appointed deputy Director of Munitions Finance, serving from 1915 to 1918, and in 1918 as Controller of Labour Finance. In 1919 he became a Companion of the Order of the Bath. After the war, from 1919 to 1920, he was Controller of Munitions Housing Schemes. In 1924 he became a Trustee and first Chairman of the Irish Land Trust, which had the aim of providing houses and land for ex-service men in Ireland. In 1927 he was knighted and the same year served as a member of the Royal Commission on London Squares and Open Spaces. The next year, 1928, he was on the Advisory Committee on the New Survey of London Life and Labour.

Private life

On 10 September 1904, Duckworth married Lady Margaret Herbert (1870–1958), a daughter of Henry Herbert, 4th Earl of Carnarvon, and together they had three sons. They lived at Dalingridge Place, West Hoathley, Sussex, while in London Duckworth was a member of the Travellers and Garrick Clubs. He was Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Archæological Institute and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London.

Duckworth's son Henry George (died 1992) married Mary Katharine Medina (1911–2009), the younger daughter of Admiral of the Fleet Lord Chatfield. Their twin daughters Harriet Angela Victoria and Sarah Margaret Katharine were born in 1951.

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Sir George Herbert Duckworth CB FSA's Timeline

March 5, 1868
Greater London, England, United Kingdom

irst name(s) GEORGE HERBERT
Birth year 1868
Birth quarter 2
Registration month -
Mother's last name -
District Marylebone
County London
Country England
Volume 1A
Page 503
Record set

Age 36
Age 38
October 1913
Age 45
July 1917
Age 49
Bath and North East Somerset, England, United Kingdom

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette 21 July 1917

The funeral of Miss Amy Duckworth, who died on July 10th, took place on Saturday at the Abbey Cemetery.
The chief mourners were Mrs. Russel Duckworth (mother),, Mr W. H. Duckworth (brother) and Miss Edith Duckworth (Sister), Mr George Duckworth, Mrs. Harold Smith and Miss Evelyn Duckworth (cousins)

April 27, 1934
Age 66

First name(s) GEORGE
Birth year -
Birth day 5
Birth month Mar
Death year 1934
Death day 27
Death month Apr
Age -
Dedication St Mary
Type of memorial Tablet
County Somerset
Country England
Notes Sir. C. B. , F. S. A. Husband of Margaret
Reference 15604
Record set Somerset Monumental Inscriptions