John Llewellin, 1st Baron Llewellin

Colonel John Jestyn Llewellin, 1st Baron Llewellin GBE MC TD PC (6 February 1893 – 24 January 1957) was a British army officer, Conservative Party politician and minister in Winston Churchill's war government.

The Lord Llewellin

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Governor-General of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
In office
4 September 1953 – 24 January 1957
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byRobert Clarkson Tredgold
Minister of Aircraft Production
In office
22 February 1942 – 22 November 1942
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byJohn Moore-Brabazon
Succeeded byStafford Cripps
President of the Board of Trade
In office
4 – 22 February 1942
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded bySir Andrew Duncan
Succeeded byHugh Dalton
Member of Parliament
for Uxbridge
In office
30 May 1929 – 5 July 1945
Preceded bySir Dennistoun Burney, Bt
Succeeded byFrank Beswick
Personal details
Born(1893-02-06)6 February 1893
Died24 January 1957(1957-01-24) (aged 63)
Political partyConservative


Llewellin was the son of William Llewellin, of Upton House, Dorset, and Frances Mary, daughter of L. D. Wigan. He was educated at Eton.[1]

Military careerEdit

Llewellin was commissioned into the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1914 and reached the rank of Major during the First World War, winning the Military Cross in 1917.[2] He remained in the Territorial Army after the war and was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel commanding the Dorset Heavy Brigade in 1932. He was promoted Colonel in 1936 and retired in 1938. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1926,[3] promoted to a Commander (CBE) in 1939,[4] and then was made a Knight Grand Cross (GBE) in 1953.[5]

Political careerEdit

Llewellin was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Uxbridge in Middlesex in 1929. He held a number of ministerial posts in the Coalition government, eventually serving as President of the Board of Trade for two weeks in 1942. He subsequently became Minister of Aircraft Production in which capacity he served on the Combined Policy Committee set up by the British and United States governments under the Quebec Agreement of 1943 to oversee the construction of the atomic bomb.

In December 1943 Llewellin's seat on the committee was assumed by Sir Ronald Campbell and Llewellin became Minister of Food, the position he held until the Churchill government fell to the Labour Party of Clement Attlee in July 1945. Llewellin lost his seat in the election and was raised to the peerage as Baron Llewellin, of Upton in the County of Dorset.[6] After the war he served as Governor General of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland between 1953 and his death in January 1957.

Personal lifeEdit

Lord Lewellin died in January 1957, aged 63. The barony became extinct with his death.


  1. ^ John Jestyn Llewellin, 1st and last Baron Llewellin
  2. ^ "No. 30450". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1918. p. 40.
  3. ^ "No. 33179". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 July 1926. p. 4408.
  4. ^ "No. 34633". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1939. p. 3858.
  5. ^ "No. 39933". The London Gazette. 7 August 1953. p. 4303.
  6. ^ "No. 37287". The London Gazette. 28 September 1945. p. 4814.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Dennistoun Burney, Bt
Member of Parliament for Uxbridge
Succeeded by
Frank Beswick
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Andrew Duncan
President of the Board of Trade
Succeeded by
Hugh Dalton
Preceded by
John Moore-Brabazon
Minister of Aircraft Production
Succeeded by
Sir Stafford Cripps
Preceded by
The Lord Woolton
Minister of Food
Succeeded by
Sir Ben Smith
Government offices
New title Governor-General of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
Succeeded by
Robert Clarkson Tredgold
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Llewellin