Oliver Poole, 1st Baron Poole

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Oliver Brian Sanderson Poole, 1st Baron Poole CBE TD PC (11 August 1911 – 28 January 1993), was a British Conservative politician, soldier and businessman.

Early life

Poole was the eldest son of Donald Louis Poole, and was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford.

Military service

Poole fought in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Libya, North Africa, Sicily and North-West Europe during the Second World War as a Colonel in the Army and was thrice mentioned in despatches.[1][2][3] He was appointed to the Order of the British Empire as a Member (military) on 18 February 1943[4] and was promoted to be an Officer (military) on 16 September that year[5] and to be a Commander (military) on 11 October 1945.[6]

Poole was also appointed to the American Legion of Merit as a Legionnaire "in recognition of distinguished services in the cause of the Allies" on 15 March 1945[7] and to the Dutch Order of Orange-Nassau with Swords (denoting the military division) as a Commander on 16 January 1947.[8]

Political career

In 1945, Poole was elected Member of Parliament for Oswestry, but lost his seat in the 1950 general election. He was later Joint Honorary Treasurer of the Conservative Party from 1952 to 1955, its Chairman from 1955 to 1957, its Deputy Chairman from 1957 to 1959, its joint Chairman with Iain Macleod in 1963 and its Vice-Chairman from 1963 to 1964. In the 1958 Birthday Honours, he was raised to the peerage[9] and was gazetted on 11 July as Baron Poole, of Aldgate in the City of London.[10] In the 1963 Birthday Honours, The Lord Poole was sworn of the Privy Council.[11] He was also an Underwriting Member of Lloyd's, Chairman of Lazard Brothers & Co from 1965 to 1973 and a Director of S Pearson & Sons Ltd.


Lord Poole married, firstly, Betty Margaret, daughter of Captain Dugald Stewart Gilkison, in 1933. They had one son and three daughters but were divorced in 1951. He married, secondly, Daphne Wilma, daughter of Eustace Bowles, in 1952. They had no children and were divorced in 1965. He married, thirdly, Barbara Ann, only daughter of E. A. Taylor. They had no children. Lord Poole died in January 1993, aged 81, and was succeeded in the barony by his only son, David.

Styles of address

  • 1911–1943: Mr Oliver Poole
  • 1943: Mr Oliver Poole MBE
  • 1943–1945: Mr Oliver Poole OBE
  • 1945: Mr Oliver Poole OBE MP
  • 1945–1950: Mr Oliver Poole CBE MP
  • 1950–1958: Mr Oliver Poole CBE
  • 1958–1963: The Rt Hon. The Lord Poole CBE
  • 1963–1993: The Rt Hon. The Lord Poole CBE PC


  1. ^ "No. 35396". The London Gazette. 30 December 1941. p. 7341. 
  2. ^ "No. 35821". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 December 1942. p. 5439. 
  3. ^ "No. 36994". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 March 1945. p. 1548. 
  4. ^ "No. 35908". The London Gazette (Supplement). 18 February 1943. p. 861. 
  5. ^ "No. 36173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 September 1943. p. 4119. 
  6. ^ "No. 37302". The London Gazette (Supplement). 11 October 1945. p. 4990. 
  7. ^ "No. 36983". The London Gazette (Supplement). 15 March 1945. p. 1428. 
  8. ^ "No. 37853". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 January 1947. p. 327. 
  9. ^ "No. 41404". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 June 1958. p. 3511. 
  10. ^ "No. 41442". The London Gazette. 11 July 1958. p. 4348. 
  11. ^ "No. 43010". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 May 1963. p. 4793. 

External links

  • Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Oliver Poole

See also

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bertie Leighton
Member of Parliament for Oswestry
Succeeded by
David Ormsby-Gore
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Poole
Succeeded by
David Charles Poole
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