- Walter Monckton, 1st Viscount Monckton of Brenchley
Plaxtol, Kent, Monckton was educated at Harrow Schooland Balliol College, Oxford. Whilst at Oxford, he played a first-class cricketmatch for the Combined Universities in 1911.
He worked in propaganda and information during
World War IIand became Solicitor General in Winston Churchill's 1945 caretaker government, although he refused to join the Conservative Party. He finally joined after the war and became a Member of Parliamentfor Bristol West at a 1951 by-election. Churchill soon appointed him to the cabinetas Minister of Labour and National Service, in which post he served from 1951 to 1955. He was Anthony Eden's Minister of Defence1955–1956, but was the only cabinet minister to oppose his Suez policy, and was moved to Paymaster-General1956–1957.
Monckton was made
Viscount Monckton of Brenchleyin 1957. He was chairman of Midland Bank(1957–1964), President of the Marylebone Cricket Club(1956–1957), President of Surrey County Cricket Club(1950–1952 and 1959–1965), Chairman of the Iraq Petroleum Company(1958), Chairman of the Advisory Commission on Central Africa (1960), and Chancellor of the University of Sussex(1961–1965).
He was succeeded by his son Gilbert on his death in 1965 at the age of 74.
*"The life of Viscount Monckton of Brenchley", Frederick Winston Furneaux-Smith, (1969)
* [http://content-uk.cricinfo.com/ci/content/player/17638.html Cricinfo profile]
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