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Herbert Merton Jessel MP

Born:
18 Heshvan 5627 (27 October 1866)
Died:
21 Heshvan 5711 (01 November 1950)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
JES0753
Other first name:
1st Baron Jessel
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
18 Heshvan 5627 (27 October 1866)
Place of birth:
Brighton, Sussex

Death

Date of death:
21 Heshvan 5711 (01 November 1950)
Died in combat?:
No

Places

Addresses

10 Hyde Park Gardens, (1871)
7 Grosvenor Place, (1891)
49 Mount Street, (1911)
The address where he died:
40 Parkside, Knightsbridge (1950)

Schools

Name:
Rugby
Name:
New College
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_Jessel,_1st_Baron_Jessel

Jessel was returned to Parliament as a Liberal Unionist for St Pancras South in an 1896 by-election (succeeding his deceased father-in-law Sir Julian Goldsmid). He also served as the third Mayor of Westminster in 1902-03. He lost his Parliamentary seat at the Liberal landslide at the 1906 general election but regained the seat as a Conservative in the January 1910 general election. The constituency was abolished in 1918 and Jessel never returned to the House of Commons. He was the Conservative candidate for the Westminster St George's by-election, 1921. He was created a Baronet, of Westminster, in 1917, made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1918 and an officer of the Order of Leopold and Companion of the Order of the Bathin 1919. In 1924 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Jessel, of Westminster in the County of London

Jewish Chronicle Obituary, 10 November 1950

LORD JESSEL
Lord Jessel. C.B., C.M.G., whose death in London on Wednesday of last week was briefly announced in our last issue, was the son of Sir George Jessel, Master of the Rolls and one of the most learned lawyers of his time. Herbert Merton Jessel was born in Brighton, in 1866, and was educated at Rugby and New College, Oxford.
He joined the 17th Lancers in 1886: served in India as Captain from 1887 to 1890; held the rank of Major in the Royal Berks Yeomanry; and was an Hon. Colonel of the 1st Royal Fusiliers. He married in 1894, Maud, fifth daughter of the late Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bart.
In 1896, Herbert Jessel retired from the army on his election as Unionist Member for St. Pancras South, where he succeeded his father-in-law and held the seat until 1906, and again from 1910 till 1918. He was responsible for carrying through the Old Age Pensions Act and the Municipal Election Act of 1911 and the Affiliation Orders Act of 1914. He served as Mayor of Westminster (in 1902). as a member of the L.C.C., and as Trustee and Chairman of the London Muncipal Society.
Army Career Resumed In 1914 when Jessel rejoined the army as Remount Conducting Officer, and he was promoted Commandant of the Army Remount Service, and then served as Deputy Director of Remounts at the War Office in 1918. He retired in 1919 with the rank of Colonel. Mr. Jessel was created a Baronet in 1917, and became Baron Jessel of Westminster in 1924. In the House of Lords he carried through the Road Traffic (Driving Licences) Act 1936. He was elected President of the Metropolitan Mayors’ Association in 1926. He took no part in Jewish communal affairs. The Freedom of the City of Westminster was conferred on Lord Jessel in 1948. He is succeeded by his only son, the Hon. Edward Herbert Jessel. who married Lady Helen Vane-Tempest-Stewart (daughter of the seventh Marquess of Londonderry) in 1935.

Family

Spouse

Maud Goldsmidt (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
Jessel

Children

Edward Jessel (male)
Gladys Jessel (female)
Maud Jessel (female)
Vera Jessel (female)
Doreen Jessel (female)

Siblings

Charles Jessel (male)
Amelia Jessel (female)
Emma Jessel (female)
Constance Jessel (female)
Lucy Jessel (female)

Parents

Father: Sir George Jessel (male)
Mother: Amelia Moses (female)

Military Record

Military service:
Army
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1998
Date discharged/death:
1894
Rank at discharge/death:
Hon. Colonel
Returned to service:
1914
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Bucks Yeomanry and 1st London Regiment
Posting:
India
Campaigns:
served in India as Captain from 1887 to 1890; held the rank of Major in the Royal Berks Yeomanry.
In 1914 when Jessel rejoined the army as Remount Conducting Officer, and he was promoted Commandant of the Army Remount Service, and then served as Deputy Director of Remounts at the War Office in 1918.
Mentioned in the British Jewry Book of Honour P 459
Medals:
London Gazette No. 30450. C.M.G.
The KING has been graciously please to give orders for the promotion in, and appointed to the Most Honourable Order of the Bath for services rendered in connection with the War. To be Additional Member of the Third Class, or Companion of the said Most Honourable Order.

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Member of Parliament
Date started:
1896
Date left:
1906
Organisation:
Liberal Unionist member for St Pancras South

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