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A Game of Soldiers…..

oliverlyttelton

This is Oliver Lyttleton aka 1st Viscount Chandos.

Who he?

Born in Mayfair, London, Chandos was the son of the Hon. Alfred Lyttelton, younger son of George Lyttelton, 4th Baron Lyttelton. His mother was his father’s second wife Edith, daughter of Archibald Balfour. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge. He served in the Grenadier Guards in the First World War, where he met Winston Churchill, and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Military Cross.

Chandos was managing director of British Metal Corporation, at a time when it was a major shareholder in “Metallgesellschaft A.G.” a German Industrial giant which financed Hitler’s Nazi party. He also served as Chairman of both the London Tin Corporation and Associated Electrical Industries. In 1970 he was made a Knight of the Garter.

He was Churchill’s minister for trade in the early stages of the Second World War, and as a result of protected occupations act, any man not compelled to join the forces due to critically required trade skills were dubbed to be part of ‘Oliver’s Army’

The title is significant because Lyttleton later became Secretary of State for the Colonies during the early to mid 50’s which coincided with multiple military deployments to quell independence movements at a time when the sun was finally setting on the empire.

Others claim the Elvis Costello song is about Oliver Cromwell’s New Model Army.

The lyrics seem to fit the Lyttleton/Chandos theory better.

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One Response

  1. The lyrics are a bit of a mash up so they could be about any old Oliver really?

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