Antony Head, 1st Viscount Head


Antony Head, 1st Viscount Head

Antony Henry Head, 1st Viscount Head GCMG CBE MC PC (1906 – 1983) was a British Member of Parliament, peer and statesman.

Head was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was a career soldier, joining the 15th/19th The King's Royal Hussars and later the Life Guards, serving through World War II and achieving the rank of Brigadier. Head was elected Conservative MP for Carshalton in 1945. He served as Secretary of State for War from 1951 to 1956, in the Cabinets of Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. He was made a Viscount in 1960.

He married Lady Dorothea Louise Ashley-Cooper, daughter of Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury, on 23 July 1935. They had four children:
*Richard Antony Head, 2nd Viscount Head (b. 27 February 1937)
*Teresa Mary Head (b. 20 June 1938)
*Simon Andrew Head (b. 11 November 1944)
*Josephine Head (b. 24 May 1948–9 October 1949)


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