David Harlech

5th Baron Harlech, Member of Parliament and Ambassador to the United States David Harlech

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20 May 1918

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  • 1985
    Age 66
    Died on January 26, 1985.
  • 1969
    Age 50
    He had an active interest in the avant-garde, and for nearly ten years, beginning in 1969, was patron of the Institute for Research in Art and Technology. Lord Harlech married Sylvia Thomas, daughter of Hugh Lloyd Thomas and Hon Guendaline Ada Bellew, on 9 February 1940. They had five children: Lady Harlech died in a car accident on 30 May 1967. On 11 December 1969 Lord Harlech married Pamela Colin. They had one daughter: Lord Harlech was seriously injured in a car crash at Montford Bridge near Shrewsbury on the evening of 25 January 1985 and died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital the following morning, aged 66. Senator Edward Kennedy, Jacqueline Onassis and other Kennedy family members attended his funeral in Llanfihangel-y-traethau. He was succeeded in the barony by his second and only surviving son, Francis. Ormsby-Gore was portrayed by Peter Donat in the 1974 television play The Missiles of October, which was about the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • 1963
    Age 44
    According to the Duchess of Devonshire, who travelled with the British delegation to Kennedy's funeral in November 1963, Macmillan's successor as Prime Minister Alec Douglas-Home had wanted to appoint Ormsby-Gore as Foreign Secretary, but R. A. Butler had insisted on having this post as a condition of serving under Home.
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    However the friendship of Ormsby-Gore and Macmillan with John Kennedy helped secure the first Test-Ban Treaty in 1963.
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  • 1956
    Age 37
    Under Prime Minister Anthony Eden he served briefly, from November 1956 to January 1957, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; and under Prime Minister Harold Macmillan he was from 1957 to 1961 Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
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  • 1950
    Age 31
    At the 1950 general election he was elected Member of Parliament for Oswestry, which he remained until 1961.
  • 1948
    Age 29
    In 1948 he was commissioned a Major in the Shropshire Yeomanry, but left in 1950.
  • 1939
    Age 20
    In 1939 he was commissioned into the Royal Artillery (Berkshire Yeomanry Field Regiment), served in the 'Phantom' reconnaissance unit, and worked with airborne and other special units.
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  • 1918
    Born in 1918.
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