The Lord Caccia
Caccia in 1962
|Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs|
|Foreign Secretary||Home, Butler, Gordon Walker, Stewart|
|Preceded by||Sir Frederick Millar|
|Succeeded by||Sir Paul Gore-Booth|
|Born||21 December 1905|
|Died||31 October 1990 (aged 84)|
He was educated at Summer Fields School, Eton College and Trinity College, Oxford and won a Blue at rugby union, playing at centre for Oxford in the Varsity match in 1926. He played cricket for Oxfordshire in the Minor Counties Championship between 1928 and 1938. In 1932 he married Anne Catherine Barstow, daughter of Sir George Barstow and Enid Lillian Lawrence.
Caccia entered the diplomatic service in 1929 and was posted to Peking and then to Athens and London where, in 1936, he became assistant private secretary to Anthony Eden. He was back in Athens early in World War II, but was then attached to the staff of Harold Macmillan, Britain's representative at Allied headquarters in North Africa. The Greek Civil War once again saw him in that country, and by 1945 his services earned him recognition on the Birthday Honours List.
Caccia was Ambassador to Austria from 1951 to 1954, and from 1956 to 1961 Ambassador to the United States. He was sent to Washington to repair relations badly damaged by the Suez crisis of 1956. The breakdown in mutual confidence arose when Britain and France joined an Israeli invasion of Egypt and sent military forces to capture the Suez Canal, which had been nationalised by President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt. In the years that followed, he was instrumental in restoring and nurturing the "special relationship" between London and Washington.
He was knighted in 1950, and was created a life peer with the title Baron Caccia, of Abernant in the County of Breconshire, on 11 May 1965. Caccia was appointed a Bailiff Grand Cross and Lord Prior of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, a Knight Grand Cross of the Royal Victorian Order and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George. Lord Caccia was a Knight of the International Order of St. Hubertus.
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| British Ambassador to Austria
| British Ambassador to the United States
Sir Frederick Hoyer Millar
| Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
Sir Paul Gore-Booth
Claude Aurelius Elliott
| Provost of Eton