Sir Geoffrey Eley
Sir Geoffrey Eley, October 1964
Geoffrey Cecil Ryves Eley
18 July 1904
|Died||17 May 1990 (aged 85)|
Braintree, Essex, England
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Spouse(s)||Penelope Hughes Wake-Walker|
|Relatives||Maxwell Eley (brother)|
Sir Geoffrey Cecil Ryves Eley Bank of England, and as High Sheriff of both the County of London and the City of London.(18 July 1904 – 17 May 1990) was a British businessman and author. He served as a director of the
Early life and education
Eley was born in East Bergholt, Suffolk, one of four sons born to Charles Cuthbert Eley, a barrister and noted gardener, and Ethel Maxwell Ryves. His great-grandfather William Eley co-founded the Eley Brothers. He was the younger brother of Maxwell Eley, a gold medalist in rowing at the 1924 Summer Olympics. He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, 1925; MA, 1947). He also studied at Harvard University in 1925 and 1926.
He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1947 Birthday Honours for his services following the war, when he was Director of Overseas Disposals, Ministry of Supply. He was appointed to the Court of Directors for the Bank of England in 1949. He was knighted in the 1964 Birthday Honours.
In 1937, he married Penelope Hughes Wake-Walker, daughter of Admiral Sir Frederic Wake-Walker and Muriel, daughter of Sir Collingwood Hughes, 10th Baronet. They had two sons and two daughters. His youngest daughter, Chloë Sarabella, married Richard Christian Wynne Fremantle, grandson of Thomas Fremantle, 3rd Baron Cottesloe.
He is buried in the cemetery at East Bergholt in Suffolk.
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Michael Babington Smith
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