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John Singer Sargent: Sybil Sassoon, Countess of Rocksavage, oil on canvas, 1913

Sybil Rachel Betty Cecile Sassoon, Marchioness of Cholmondeley, CBE (30 January 1894, Londonmarker – 26 December 1989) was Chief Staff Officer to Director WRNS, WRNS HQ, Admiralty (HMS Pembroke III) from 12 November 1939 until 1946. On 9 February 1945 she was appointed as Supt. of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) and the following year was made CBE.


Married on 6 August 1913 to George Cholmondeley, 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley (19 May 1883 – 16 September 1968); they had two sons and one daughter:


She was identified by a number of changing titles during the several phases of her life:
  • 1894–1913 Lady Sybil Sassoon
  • 1913–1923 Sybil Cholmondeley, Countess of Rocksavage
  • 1923–1968 Sybil Cholmondeley, Marchioness of Cholmondeley
  • 1968–1989 Sybil Cholmondeley, Dowager Marchioness of Cholmondeley

See also


  1. Peerage: 5th Marquess of Cholmondeley (#85433).


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