Francis Rodd, 2nd Baron Rennell

Major General Francis James Rennell Rodd, 2nd Baron Rennell KBE CB JP (25 October 1895 - 15 March 1978) was the second but eldest surviving son of the diplomat James Rennell Rodd, 1st Baron Rennell. During the First World War he served in the artillery and as an intelligence officer in France, Italy North Africa , Palestine and Syria and joined the diplomatic service after the war. He was re-commissioned into the army in 1939 and served as Major General, Civil Affairs Administration in a number of theatres. He gained the title of 2nd Baron Rennell on the death of his father on 26 July 1941 and married The Hon. Mary Constance Vivian Smith, daughter of Vivian Hugh Smith, 1st Baron Bicester on 3 August 1928. They had four daughters.

* Hon. Joanna Pheobe Rodd (1929-?)
* Hon. Juliet Honor Rodd (1930-?) married Boobyer
* Hon. Mary Elizabeth Jill Rodd (1932-?) married Dunne
* Hon. Rachel Georgiana Rodd (1935-?) married Blythe.

As he had no sons, the barony passed to his nephew Tremayne Rodd, 3rd Baron Rennell on his death in 1978.

He was president of the Royal Geographic Society 1945-1948.


*"Biographical Dictionary of British Generals of the Second World War", Nick Smart. ISBN 1-84415-049-6.

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* [ Obituary from The Geographical Journal]

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