Sir Ivone Augustine KIRKPATRICK, ,C.M.G. ,1st Secretary, British Embassy,Berlin,1933 to 1938

Male 1897 - 1964  (67 years)

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  • Name Ivone Augustine KIRKPATRICK 
    Prefix Sir 
    Suffix ,C.M.G. ,1st Secretary, British Embassy,Berlin,1933 to 1938 
    Born 3 Feb 1897  India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 May 1964  Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (Research):Ivone left school to join the British Army and was wounded in the Great War . He was mentioned in despatches twice and awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre. After being wounded he was sent to Holland as a spymaster . He entered the diplomatic service almost immediately after in 1919. He was first secretary at the British Embassy at Rome from 1930 to 1932; Chargé d'Affaires at the Vatican in 1932-33; and first secretary at the British Embassy at Berlin from 1933 to 1938. He held a number of diplomatic offices throughout the Second World War, as well as Controller of European Services of the BBBC in 1941.

      When Rudolf Hess landed in Britain in May 1941 he was questioned by Sir Ivone Kirkpatrick as he was a Foreign Office expert on Germany. His report on Hess was shown only to the Prime Minister,Winston Churchill ,Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden , Lord Privy Seal Clement Attlee and Minister of Aircraft Production Lord Beaveerbrook.

      He was also Assistant Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office in 1945 and Deputy Under-Secretary in 1948. He became Permanent Under-Secretary for the German Section at the Foreign Office in 1949 and British High Commissioner for Germany in 1950-53; then, he was Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign Office from 1953 to 1957. He then retired from the diplomatic service and became Chairman of the Independent Television Authority from 1957 to 1962. As Permanent Under-Secretary during the Suez Crisis Kirkpatrick was in favour of a strong line against Colonel Nasser.

      Sir Evelyn Shuckburgh said of Kirkpatrick: "He was so sharp that he cut !"
    Person ID I7730  Kirkpatrick Family Archives
    Last Modified 11 Mar 2016 

    Father Capt Ivone KIRKPATRICK, ,CBE,of Kilshanning,Mallow, County Cork.,   b. 1860,   d. 20 Nov 1936, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Mother The Hon Mary HARDINGE, ,Maid of Honour to H.M. Queen Victoria 1892-1894,   d. 10 Nov 1931, Stourton, Sudbury, Suffolk, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 17 Jul 1894 
    Family ID F2091  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Violet Caulfield COTTELL,   b. Sep 1900, Sculcoates, Yorkshire, U.K Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1929  St. Marylebone, London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2013 
    Family ID F2649  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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