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John Ganzoni, 1st Baron Belstead

Francis John Childs Ganzoni, 1st Baron Belstead, DL, FRGS (19 January 1882 – 15 August 1958[1]) was a Conservative Party politician in England.

The Lord Belstead

1914 FJC Ganzoni.jpg
Ganzoni in 1914
Member of the House of Lords
Lord Temporal
In office
28 January 1938 – 15 August 1958
Hereditary Peerage
Preceded byPeerage created
Succeeded byThe 2nd Lord Belstead
Personal details
Born19 January 1882
Died15 August 1958
Political partyConservative
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford

Personal lifeEdit

Born to Julius Charles Ganzoni and Mary Frances Childs, Ganzoni was educated at Tonbridge School and Christ Church, Oxford, from which he received a Master of Arts in 1906. In that same year he became a barrister with membership of the Inner Temple. On 31 May 1930 he married Gwendolen Gertrude Turner. He was the father of John Ganzoni, 2nd Baron Belstead.

Public serviceEdit

Ganzoni served in the First World War with the 4th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment; he rose to the rank of Captain. On 23 May 1914 he won a by-election to become the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for the formerly Liberal constituency of Ipswich, a position he would hold, with the exception of a brief period from 1923 to 1924, until 1938. During his parliamentary career he held other positions. He served as Chairman of the Private Bills Committee from 1923 to 1938. In 1924 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Postmaster-General, retaining that position until 1929. He held the office of Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Suffolk.

Honours, styles and armsEdit


Ganzoni was knighted in the 1921 New Year Honours.[2][3] On 1 March 1929, his baronetcy was announced[4][5] and he was created a Baronet, of Ipswich, in the County of Suffolk for "political and public services" on 30 March 1929.[6][7] In the 1938 New Year Honours, his barony for "political and public services" was announced[8][9] and he was raised to the peerage as Baron Belstead, of Ipswich, Suffolk, on 28 January 1938.[10] He was invested as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS).[11]

Styles of addressEdit

  • 1882–1914: Mr John Ganzoni
  • 1914–1921: Mr John Ganzoni MP
  • 1921–1923: Sir John Ganzoni MP
  • 1923–1924: Sir John Ganzoni
  • 1924–1929: Sir John Ganzoni MP
  • 1929–1938: Sir John Ganzoni, Bt., MP
  • 1938–1958: The Right Honourable The Lord Belstead[a]
  1. ^ Although The Lord Belstead was a baronet, by custom the post-nominal of "Bt" is omitted, as Peers of the Realm do not list subsidiary hereditary titles.

Coat of armsEdit

Coat of arms of John Ganzoni, 1st Baron Belstead
Coat of arms of the Ganzoni family
A coronet of a Baron
A Demi Lion Or supporting a Gentian Plant as in the Arms
Per fess Azure and Argent a Gentian Plant flowered and eradicated proper between in chief a Mullet and an Increscent both Or
On either side a Seahorse proper gorged with a Collar pendent therefrom a Portcullis chained Or
Fidelitas Vincit (Fidelity overcomes)


  1. ^ "Historical list of MPs: constituencies beginning with "I"". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  2. ^ "No. 32178". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1921. p. 2.
  3. ^ "No. 13745". The Edinburgh Gazette. 23 September 1921. p. 1567.
  4. ^ "No. 33472". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 February 1929. p. 1435.
  5. ^ "No. 14527". The Edinburgh Gazette. 5 March 1929. p. 227.
  6. ^ "No. 33482". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 April 1929. p. 2235.
  7. ^ "No. 14536". The Edinburgh Gazette. 5 April 1929. p. 358.
  8. ^ "No. 34469". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1937. p. 1.
  9. ^ "No. 15455". The Edinburgh Gazette. 7 January 1938. p. 13.
  10. ^ "No. 34477". The London Gazette. 28 January 1938. p. 578.
  11. ^ "Francis John Childs Ganzoni, 1st Baron Ganzoni". The Peerage. Retrieved 21 January 2017.


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