George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway

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5th Governor-General of New Zealand
In office
12 April 1935 3 February 1941
Monarch George V
Edward VIII
George VI
Preceded by The Lord Bledisloe
Succeeded by The Lord Newall
Personal details
Born(1882-03-24)24 March 1882
Died27 March 1943(1943-03-27) (aged 61)
Blyth, Nottinghamshire
United Kingdom
Alma mater Christ Church, Oxford

George Vere Arundel Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway GCMG , DSO , OBE (24 March 1882 – 27 March 1943) was a British politician. He served as the fifth Governor-General of New Zealand from 1935 to 1941.

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Early life and family

Simon, the 8th Viscount Galway, Isabel, Lucia, Celia and Mary (from left). The Monckton-Arundell family.jpg
Simon, the 8th Viscount Galway, Isabel, Lucia, Celia and Mary (from left).

George Vere Arundell Monckton-Arundell Galway was born on 24 March 1882. His parents were George Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway and Vere Gosling. [1] He had one sibling: Violet Frances Monckton-Arundell (14 May 1880 – 24 October 1930). [2] He received his education at a preparatory school in Berkshire [3] before attending Eton (1895–1900) and Christ Church College in Oxford (1900–1904). He read Modern History and graduated with Bachelor or Arts and took the M.A. subsequently (this degree at Oxford, Cambridge and Dublin is an elevation in rank and not a postgraduate qualification). [1] [4]

George Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway British politician

George Edmund Milnes Monckton-Arundell, 7th Viscount Galway, CB was a British Conservative politician and courtier.

Berkshire County of England

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Viscount Galway married Lucia Margaret White, daughter of the 3rd Baron Annaly, in 1922. They had four children: Mary Victoria Monckton (born 1924), Celia Ella Vere Monckton (1925–1997), Isabel Cynthia Monckton (born 1926) and Simon George Robert Monckton-Arundell (1929–1971). [4] [5]

Viscount Galway succeeded his father to the family's Irish peerage in 1931. [4]

Military career

Monckton-Arundell was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Nottinghamshire (Sherwood Rangers) Yeomanry on 1 January 1900, and promoted to lieutenant on 11 June 1902. [6] In 1904, he joined the First Life Guards, the senior regiment of the British Army that makes up the Household Cavalry, where he rose to the rank of Colonel Commandant. During the First World War he was appointed as adjutant general and quartermaster general. He was of the Royal Artillery (1933–35). In 1933 he was appointed Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) [7] until 1935, when he relinquished it on appointment as Governor-General of New Zealand. Upon retirement from his post as Governor General he returned as Colonel Commandant of the HAC until his death. [4] [8] [9] He was also appointed Honorary Colonel of the 7th (Robin Hood) Battalion, Sherwood Foresters (later 42nd (The Robin Hoods, Sherwood Foresters) Anti-Aircraft Battalion, Royal Engineers) in 1933. [10] [11]

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Political ambitions

In 1910, he attempted to follow his father into the House of Commons. He contested the Scarborough constituency in the 1910 general election, but was unsuccessful. [5]

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Scarborough (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1997 onwards

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January 1910 United Kingdom general election

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Governor-General of New Zealand

Viscount Galway was Governor-General of New Zealand from 12 April 1935 to 3 February 1941. His military background made an impression with cabinet ministers of the time. His term was twice extended because of World War II. [9] Viscount Galway and his wife received numerous gifts during his time as Governor-General. Some were returned to New Zealand around the time of the sale of the family house Serlby Hall [12] and were donated to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 1980. [13]


He was a freemason. During his term as governor-general (1935–1938), he was also Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand. [14]

Later years and death

Upon his return to England, he held the honorary post of Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire under the 7th Duke of Portland. He died suddenly on 27 March 1943 in Blyth. [9]


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Military offices
Preceded by
Earl of Denbigh
Colonel Commandant and President, Honourable Artillery Company
Succeeded by
Earl Fortescue
Government offices
Preceded by
The Viscount Bledisloe
Governor-General of New Zealand
Succeeded by
Sir Cyril Newall
Peerage of Ireland
Preceded by
George Monckton-Arundell
Viscount Galway
Succeeded by
Simon Monckton-Arundell