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John Cavendish Lyttelton, 9th Viscount Cobham KCB DL (23 October 1881 – 31 July 1949), was a British peer, soldier and Conservative politician.


Cobham was the eldest son of Charles Lyttelton, 8th Viscount Cobham, and the Hon. Mary Susan Caroline Cavendish, daughter of William Cavendish, 2nd Baron Chesham. Alfred Lyttelton was his uncle. He was educated at Eton. Like his father and his uncle, Cobham was a successful cricketer. He represented Worcestershire County Cricket Club in three first-class matches during 1924-5. He was President of Marylebone Cricket Club in 1935, again emulating his father and uncle. He served with the Rifle Brigade in the Second Boer War and from 1905 to 1908 he was Aide-de-Camp to the High Commissioner to South Africa.

Cobham was elected to the House of Commons for Droitwich in the January 1910 general election, a seat he held until 1916. During the First World War he fought at Gallipoli and in Egypt, the Sinai and Palestine, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He succeeded his father as ninth Viscount Cobham in 1922 and entered the House of Lords. In 1939 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for War in the government of Neville Chamberlain, a position he retained until May 1940. Apart from his political and military career he was also Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire from 1923 to 1949.

Lord Cobham married Violet, daughter of Charles Leonard, in 1908. He died in July 1949, aged 67, and was succeeded in his titles by his son Charles, who later served as Governor-General of New Zealand. Lady Cobham died in 1966.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Cecil Harmsworth
Member of Parliament for Droitwich
Jan. 1910–1916
Succeeded by
Herbert Whiteley
Political offices
Preceded by
The Earl of Munster
Under-Secretary of State for War
Succeeded by
Sir Henry Croft, Bt
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The Earl of Coventry
Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire
Succeeded by
Sir William Tennant
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Charles George Lyttelton
Viscount Cobham
Succeeded by
Charles John Lyttelton

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