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Jellicoe, George Patrick John Rushworth

Date of birth:
April 4th, 1918 (Hatfield/Hertfordshire, United Kingdom)
Date of death:
February 22nd, 2007 (Tidcombe/Wiltshire, United Kingdom)
Service number:
124546
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

George Jellicoe, 2nd Earl Jellicoe was the son of one of the most famous men in the British Empire, Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Jellicoe. George V was one of his godfathers.
Jellicoe was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge after which he went to Sandhurst Royal Military Academy and was commissioned in the Coldstream Guards on 23 March, 1940.
During WW2 he was active in Bob Laycock's Layforce in the Middle East.
In 1943 he was named Commander of the Special Boat Regiment Middle East and he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel.
Soon after the war Lord Jellicoe joined His Majesty's Foreign Service and served in London, Washington, Brussels, Baghdad.
After the Suez Crisis he became director of two steam ship liners.
Late 1950's he entered the House of Lords and held several ministerial posts. In Ted Heath's administration he was Minister in charge for the Civil Service Department, Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lords from 20 June 1970 until 24 May 1973 when one of Lord Lambton’s prostitutes introduced the name ‘Jellicoe’ into one of her notebooks and hence lead to police investigation after which he resigned.
He then entered bussiness and was chairmain in severeal public and non-public organisations.
Lord Jellicoe had eight children in total, born between 1944 and 1984 and was married two times.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Captain
Unit:
L Detachment, No. 8 (Guards) Commando, Special Air Service (SAS), Combined Operations Headquarters, War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
November 5th, 1942
Citation:
"....His cool and resolute leadership, skill and courage throughout this very hazardous operation were mainly responsible for the high measure of success achieved. He ... placed charges on the enemy aircraft and brought off the survivors after the four Free French members of the party had been betrayed and killed or captured."

WO 373/46/22
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Temporary Major
Unit:
Special Boat Regiment "Middle East", Special Boat Service (SBS), Special Air Service (SAS), Combined Operations Headquarters, War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
March 23rd, 1944
He earned the MC - in a parachute operation in Rhodes, when the Italians surrendered.
Military Cross (MC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Captain
Unit:
Special Boat Regiment "Middle East", Special Boat Service (SBS), Special Air Service (SAS), Combined Operations Headquarters, War Office, British Government
Awarded on:
1945
Recommendation:
"As parachute officer in the Middle East Commando has shown exceptional courage and boldness and with the assistance of Frech Parachute troops has performed with outstanding success several extremely dangerous tasks which have been entirely succesful."

WO/373/185
Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
1950
Polemikos Stauros 1940
Rank:
Chairman
Unit:
British Overseas Trade Board
Awarded on:
June 14th, 1986
Knights/Dames Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (K/DBE)

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