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Lord Geddes

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Auckland Campbell-Geddes, 1st Baron Geddes, GCMG KCB PC (21 June 1879 – 8 June 1954) was a British academic, soldier, politician and diplomat. He was a member of David Lloyd George's coalition government during the First World War and also served as Ambassador to the United States.

Geddes served in the Second Boer War as a Lieutenant (3rd class) in the Highland Light Infantry between 1901 and 1902. During the First World War he served as a Major in the 17th Northumberland Fusiliers and was on the staff of the General Headquarters in France as a Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel and Honorary Brigadier General. Geddes was Director of Recruiting at the War Office from 1916 to 1917.

He returned to public service during the Second World War when he served as Commissioner for Civil Defence for the South-East Region from 1939 to 1944 and for the North-West Region from 1941 to 1942. The latter year he was raised to the peerage as Baron Geddes, of Rolvenden in the County of Kent.

And at this point you will be asking why on earth is he on the site, and the answer is that he had an extraordinary out of body experience, which he related in graphic detail to the Royal medical Society in Edinburgh in 1937.


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