Richard Onslow, 5th Earl of Onslow


Richard Onslow, 5th Earl of Onslow

Richard William Alan Onslow, 5th Earl Onslow GBE PC (23 August 1876–9 June 1945) was a British peer, diplomat, parliamentary secretary and government minister.

The son of the 4th Earl of Onslow, Onslow was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford before joining the Diplomatic Service in 1901. He became an Attaché to Madrid a year later, Third Secretary to Tangier in 1903 and to St Petersburg in 1904 and Second Secretary to Berlin in 1907. In 1909, he became assistant private secretary to Sir Edward Grey, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. He then held a number of positions in the Foreign Office as a clerk in 1910, private secretary to the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1911-13 and assistant clerk from 1913-14.

Onslow had succeeded to his father's title in 1911 and he joined the army on the outbreak of World War I in 1914 and was mentioned in despatches three times. After the war, he was a Lord-in-Waiting from 1919-20, a Civil Lord of the Admiralty from 1920-21, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture in 1921, Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health from 1921-23, Parliamentary Secretary to the Board of Education from 1923-24, Under-Secretary of State for War and Vice-President of the Army Council from 1924-28 and Chairman of the Committees and Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1931-44.

On 22 February 1906, Onslow had married Hon. Violet Marcia Catherine Warwick Bampfylde, the only daughter of the 3rd Baron Paltimore and they later had two children.


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