The Lord Tryon
|Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster|
3 April 1940 – 14 May 1940
|Prime Minister||Neville Chamberlain|
|Preceded by||William Morrison|
|Succeeded by||The Lord Hankey|
|First Commissioner of Works|
18 May 1940 – 3 October 1940
|Preceded by||The Earl De La Warr|
|Succeeded by||Sir John Reith|
|Born||15 May 1871|
|Died||24 November 1940 (aged 69)|
Little Court, Sunningdale
|Children||2, including Charles, 2nd Baron Tryon|
|Years of service||1890-1906, 1914-|
|Rank||Major (United Kingdom)|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War|
George Clement Tryon was son of Vice-Admiral Sir George Tryon and Clementina Heathcote, daughter of Gilbert Heathcote, 1st Baron Aveland. Educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, Tryon joined the Grenadier Guards in 1890, serving for sixteen years before retiring as major.
Tryon was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Brighton in 1910, serving until 1940. He became Under-Secretary of Air in 1919 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Pensions in 1920 and in 1922 became a Privy Counsellor. He served as Minister of Pensions himself 1922–24, 1924–29 and 1931–35 and was then appointed Postmaster General in 1935, serving until 1940. He was one of those to appear on the first day of BBC television broadcasts, 2 November 1936.
In April 1940, Tryon was elevated to the peerage as Baron Tryon, of Durnford in the County of Wilts and made Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and First Commissioner of Works. However, he was replaced as Chancellor (by Lord Hankey) when Winston Churchill became prime minister in May, while retaining the First Commissionership; he relinquished that post the following October, a few weeks before his death, aged 69.