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Lord Peter Carrington MC

Discussion in 'WWII Obituaries' started by The_Historian, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. The_Historian

    The_Historian Pillboxologist Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    "Lord Carrington's political views were coloured by his experience of World War Two.
    Like many of his generation, he had the desire to seek out a peaceful solution to conflict, an aim he followed throughout his career.
    It also instilled in him a sense of honour and an acceptance that he would take full responsibility for his actions.
    And it was this that led him to take the blame for the government's failure to anticipate the invasion of the Falkland Islands by Argentina in 1982.
    Peter Carington - the family name, unlike the title, had only one "r" - was born on the 6 June 1919 and educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst.
    He succeeded to the title, as sixth Baron Carrington, on the death of his father, in 1938, and took his seat in the Lords on his 21st birthday, in 1940.
    He served in the Grenadier Guards during the War, where he reached the rank of major and was awarded the Military Cross.
    Turning to politics after the War, he served as parliamentary secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture under Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden before moving to a similar position in the Ministry of Defence.
    In 1956, he was appointed high commissioner to Australia, a post he held for three years before returning to Britain and an appointment as first lord of the Admiralty under Harold MacMillan.
    He became leader of the Lords in the government of Sir Alec Douglas-Home, moving to opposition leader when Labour won the 1964 general election.
    He remained in that position until the Conservatives regained power in 1970, when the incoming Prime Minister, Edward Heath, appointed him as defence secretary.
    It was Heath's government that took Britain into the Common Market, something Lord Carrington supported at the time.
    As someone who had experienced war in Europe at first hand, he felt that joining the EEC meant that future conflicts could be avoided.
    He was later to express grave reservations over the way the EU had subsequently developed.
    When Heath's government fell, in 1974, Lord Carrington returned as leader of the opposition in the Lords until Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979.
    She made him foreign secretary, a job he later said he had always wanted but never thought he would get.
    His first major task was to end the guerrilla war against Ian Smith's government in Rhodesia and pave the way for multi-racial elections.
    The Lancaster House talks, which he chaired in 1979, brought the various parties together and led to the creation of Zimbabwe.
    The Foreign Office came in for heavy criticism for failing to predict the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands, in April 1982, and Lord Carrington resigned as foreign secretary.
    He was later cleared of any personal blame by the Franks Committee, which investigated government failures over the invasion."
    Obituary: Lord Carrington
     
  2. George Patton

    George Patton Canadian Refugee

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    Thanks Gordon. I was unaware that he was still alive as of this year.

    *Cue the Market-Garden conspiracy nuts in 3... 2.... 1....*
     

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