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James Gomer Berry Kemsley

James Gomer Berry Kemsley, Welsh publishing executive, editor-in-chief. Decorated Knight of St. John., Knight Grand Cross Order British Empire; Officer Legion of Honour (France); Grand Cross of George I (Greece); Commander Order of the Crown (Belgium). President Football Association Wales, 1946-1960, British Gliding Association, 1947-1961; Viscount or Dropmore and 1st Baron of Farnham Royal; business executive, University president.


  • Kemsley, James Gomer Berry was born on May 7, 1883 in Merthyr-Tydfil, Wales. Son of John Mathias Berry and Mary Anne (Berry) Kemsley.

  • Education

    • Received honorary Doctor of Laws, Manchester University, University of Wales.


    • Chairman Kemsley Newspaper Ltd., London, 1937-1959. Editor-in-chief Sunday Times, 1937-1959. Reuters Trustee, 1941-1959, chairman, 1951-1959.

      President University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire, 1945-1950. Justice of peace for Buckinghamshire, 1927. High sheriff for Buckinghamshire, 1929, president Merthr Tydfil General Hospital, 1928-1950.

      Chairman King Edward, VII Hospital Windsor, 1933-1937 Infants Hospital 1922-1937, Master Spectacle Makers Company, 1934-1936.


    Party affiliation: conservative


    Clubs: Royal Yacht Squadron, Carlton.


    • Married Mary Lilian Holmes, 1907 (died 1928).; married second, Edith du Plessis, 1931. Children: Lionel, Denis, Neville, Douglas (killed in action, Italy, 1944), Oswald, (deceased), Marchioness of Huntly, Anthony.
    • father: John Mathias Berry Kemsley
    • mother: Mary Anne (Berry) Kemsley
    • spouses: Mary Lilian Holmes
    • Edith du Plessis
    • children: Lionel Kemsley
    • Denis Kemsley
    • Neville Kemsley
    • Douglas (killed in action Kemsley
    • Italy Kemsley
    • 1944) Kemsley
    • Oswald Kemsley
    • (deceased) Kemsley
    • Marchioness of Huntly Kemsley
    • Anthony Kemsley
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    Born March 7, 1883
    Died February 6, 1969
    (aged 85)