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George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway Passes Away

Today in Masonic History George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway passes away in 1943.

George Monckton-Arundell, 8th Viscount Galway was a British businessman and politician.

Monckton-Arundell was born March 24th, 1882 in Berkshire County, England. He would receive his preparatory education in Berkshire schools before attending Eton College and Christ Church College in Oxford. He would graduate with a Master of Arts in modern history in 1904.

After college Monckton-Arundell would join the First Life Guards, the senior regiment, the Household Calvary, in the British Army. In the First Life Guards he would rise to the rank of Colonel Commandant. During World War I he would serve as Adjutant General and Quartermaster General.

In 1910, Monckton-Arundell would try to follow in his fathers footsteps and gain a seat in the House of Commons, he was unsuccessful.

In 1933, he would be appointed Colonel Commandant of the Honorable Artillery Company, the second oldest military organization in the world behind the Pontifical Swiss Guard. He would stay in that position just a year before being appointed Governor General of New Zealand.

Monckton-Arundell became Governor General of New Zealand in April of 1935. His military background made him popular with the ministers in New Zealand. Monckton-Arundell and his wife would receive many gifts during their time in New Zealand. When the family estate was sold, many of the gifts were donated to the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. After two extensions of his term due to World War II, Monckton-Arundell he would retire from his position as Governor General of New Zealand in February of 1941.

When Monckton-Arundell returned to England he would become the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Notinghamshire. He would also resume his post as part of the Honorable Artillery Company. Both positions he would hold until his sudden passing.

Monckton-Arundell was a Freemason and during his time in New Zealand was named Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New Zealand