George Harcourt Vanden-Bampde-Johnstone, 3rd Baron Derwent
Derwent was born in London on 22 October 1899 the son of Hon. Edward Henry Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, younger son of Harcourt Vanden-Bempde-Johnstone, 1st Baron Derwent. Derwent was educated at Charterhouse and Merton College, Oxford where he won the Newdigate Prize in 1920. He succeeded as the third Baron Derwent on the death of his uncle in 1929.
Diplomatic and war service
On leaving Merton he joined the diplomatic service and served as an honorary attache from 1929 at Warsaw, Brussels and Madrid. At the start of the Second World War he was in Berne before he returned to the United Kingdom in 1942 to serve in the Royal Air Force until 1944.
Author and poet
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Derwent married Countess Sabine Czaykowska Iliesco in 1929, the daughter of Romanian General Iliesco. She died in 1941 and they had no children so when Derwent died aged 49 in Paris on his way back from a health visit to Switzerland, he was succeeded by his younger brother Patrick.
- "Lord Derwent" (Obituaries). The Times (London). Friday, 14 January 1949. Issue 51279, col E, p. 7.
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