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- 1891 - 1997
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Amery's career began as a War Correspondent in the Spanish Civil War, (1938-1939), and from there he moved to foreign affairs, serving as Attaché at the British Legation, Belgrade [Yugoslavia], and on special missions in Bulgaria, Turkey, Roumania and the Middle East, (1939-1940). He joined the RAF as a sergeant in 1940, then was commissioned and transferred to the army in 1941, seeing active service in Egypt, Palestine and Adriatic, (1941-1942), before a period as liaison officer to the Albanian resistance movement in 1944, and finally a position on the staff of General Carton de Wiart, VC, Churchill’s personal representative with Generalissimo Chiang Kai-Shek, in 1945.
Once the war was over, Amery turned to politics, unsuccessfully contesting the seat of Preston [Lancashire] in July 1945. At the next attempt, however, Amery won the seat, and remained Conservative MP for Preston North, from 1950 to 1966, later becoming MP for Brighton Pavilion [Sussex], (1969-1992).
Once in Parliament, Amery served as a delegate to the Consultative Assembly of the Council of Europe, (1950-1953 and 1956), and a member of the Round Table Conference on Malta, (1955). His political positions included: Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and Financial Secretary at the War Office, (1957-1958); Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Colonial Office, (1958-1960); Secretary of State for Air, (October 1960-July 1962); Minister of Aviation, (1962-1964); Minister of Public Building and Works, (June-October 1970); Minister for Housing and Construction, (1970-1972); Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (1972-1974). Amery was made a Privy Counsellor in 1960, and his other honours include: Honorary LLD Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri [United States]; Knight Commander, Order of the Phoenix, Greece; Grand Cordon, Order of Skanderbeg, Albania; Order of Oman, first class. He died in September 1996.
Amery's publications include: "Sons of the Eagle" (1948); "The Life of Joseph Chamberlain": volume IV, "1901-3: At the Height of his Power" (1951); volumes V and VI, "1901-14: Joseph Chamberlain and the Tariff Reform Campaign" (1969); "Approach March", Amery's autobiography (1973); articles in National Review, Nineteenth Century and the Daily Telegraph.
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