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Viscount Cobham, GCMG, TD

Term (in Years): 
1957 to 1962
Role: 
Governor-General of New Zealand

Sir Charles John Lyttelton, 10th Viscount Cobham, was born in 1909 and educated at Eton and Cambridge, graduating with a law degree in 1932.

He joined the 100th Field Brigade in 1933 and served in France before Dunkirk. He commanded the 5th Regiment from 1943 to 45.

Sir Charles was a noted cricketer and captained Worcestershire from 1936 to 1939. He was also vice-captain of the MCC in New Zealand in 1935-36.

Sir Charles was connected to New Zealand through a forebear who was chairman of the Canterbury Association (and after whom Lyttelton was named).

As Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Charles became deeply involved in the establishment of New Zealand's Outward Bound movement.

He died in 1977.

Biographical information courtesy of NZ Almanack

Visit the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography for more information

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