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James Gomer Berry Kemsley

publishing executive , editor-in-chief.

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.


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.


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.

John Mathias Berry Kemsley

Mary Anne (Berry) Kemsley

Mary Lilian Holmes

Edith du Plessis

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