Godfrey Agnew

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Godfrey Agnew
William Godfrey Agnew

(1913-10-11)11 October 1913
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England
Died 10 December 1995(1995-12-10) (aged 82)
Bracknell, Berkshire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Civil Servant
Known for Clerk of the Privy Council

Sir (William) Godfrey Agnew KCVO CB (11 October 1913 – 10 December 1995) was a British civil servant.

Agnew was born as William Charles Agnew in Kent on 11 October 1913 and was educated at Tonbridge School.[1] In 1936 be became a solicitor in the Public Trustee's office, he joined the Royal Artillery at the start of the Second World War, he received a bad back injury caused by a bad landing during parachute training.[1]

Agnew worked as Senior Clerk of the Privy Council Office from 1946 to 1951, before serving as Deputy Clerk until 1953. He was Clerk of the Privy Council from 1953 to 1974, and was made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1965.[2] Between 1972 and 1974 he was Deputy Secretary at the Cabinet Office, and Agnew was made Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1975.[3]

He married firstly Ruth Moore, with whom he had three sons and three daughters. After her death in 1962, Agnew married secondly Lady (Nancy) Tyrwhitt.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Sir Godfrew Agnew". The Times (65449). London. 13 December 1913. p. 21.
  2. ^ "No. 43529". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1965. p. 5.
  3. ^ "No. 46444". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1975. p. 3.
  4. ^ Dalyell, Tom (14 December 1995). "OBITUARY: Sir Godfrey Agnew". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
Major Francis Ford Fernau
Clerk of the Privy Council
Succeeded by
Sir Neville Leigh
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