1929 Cigarette Card.
Was the son of Lt-Col. Bolton James Alfred Monsell, a soldier and a Chief Constable in the Metropolitan Police, and Mary Beverley, 2nd daughter of Sir E. Ogle, 6th Bart. He was born in 1881 and married in 1904 Caroline Mary Sybil, C.B.E. (marriage dissolved 1950) daughter of H.W.Eyres of Dumbleton Hall, Evesham and had issue one son and three daughters. Monsell took the name Eyres upon his marriage to Caroline Eyres. Second marriage 1950, to Mrs. Essex Leila Hilary Drury. Educated: Stubbington House, Farnham. Entered Britannia 1894 and went to sea as a midshipman in 1896. He obtained first class certificates in all examinations, specialised as a Torpedo Lieutenant in 1903 and was placed on the Emergency list in 1906. M.P. for Evesham Division of Worcestershire 1910-1935. A Unionist Whip 1911. Returned to the Navy in August 1914 and received the Order of The Nile for services in Egypt, 1915 (dispatches), Commander 1917. Treasurer of the Royal Household 1919. Civil Lord of the Admiralty 1921. Financial Secretary to the Admiralty 1921-1923. Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury 1923-1924, 1924-1929 and 1931. First Lord of the Admiralty 1931-1936. Chief Conservative Whip 1923-1931. Regional Commissioner for Civil Defence, South Eastern Region 1941-1945. He was created Viscount Monsell in 1935, retaining his office in government until 1936. He died in 1969.
Lord Monsell's daughter, the Hon. Joan Eyres-Monsell, was married for the second time in 1968 to Patrick Leigh Fermor, the traveller and author.