Henry Frederick Comfort Crookshank, 1st Viscount
The Viscount Crookshank, 1932.
, CH PC
(27 May 1893 â€“ 17 October 1961), known as
, was a British Conservative Party
was born in Cairo and educated
College and Oxford University.
In World War I
he served in the Grenadier Guards
and was castrated by shrapnel in 1916. He then worked in the
British Embassy in Washington, D.C. until 1924.
was Conservative MP for Gainsborough, 1924â€“56.
He served as Parliamentary Under-Secretary
, 1934â€“5; Parliamentary
Secretary, Mines, 1935â€“39; Financial Secretary to the
, 1939â€“43; Postmaster General
1943â€“45; Minister of Health, 1951â€“52; Lord Privy Seal
, 1952â€“55; Leader of the House of
, 1951â€“55. He was raised to the peerage as the
Viscount Crookshank in 1956, a title which became
extinct upon his death in Chelsea aged
Papers released by The National Archives, London, November 2007,
show that Crookshank, with Harold
, led a faction within the Cabinet of Sir Winston
Churchill's government, who opposed what they perceived to be an
attempt to bounce the Cabinet into a premature decision to
authorise a British thermonuclear bomb programme in July