Ronald Gorell Barnes, 3rd Baron Gorell, Liberal politician, poet, author and newspaper editor.(16 April 1884 – 2 May 1963) was a British peer,
The Lord Gorell
|Under-Secretary of State for Air|
|Preceded by||The Marquess of Londonderry|
|Succeeded by||The Duke of Sutherland|
Ronald Gorell Barnes
16 April 1884
|Died||2 May 1963 (aged 79)|
Arundel, West Sussex
|Alma mater||Balliol College, Oxford|
|Civilian awards||Commander of the Order of the British Empire|
Officer of the Order of the British Empire
|Years of service||1915–1918|
|Battles/wars||First World War|
|Military awards||Military Cross|
Gorell was educated at Winchester College, Harrow School and Balliol College, Oxford. While at Oxford, he played first-class cricket for the University cricket team. After leaving Oxford, Gorell played with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for 13 seasons, 431 runs and 43 wickets in his 19-match career. In 1909 he was admitted to Inner Temple, to practice as a barrister, and worked as a journalist for The Times from 1911 to 1915.
Barnes succeeded as third Baron Gorell on 16 January 1917 after his unmarried elder brother was killed in the War. After the war, he took his seat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords and in July 1921 he was appointed Under-Secretary of State for Air in the coalition government of David Lloyd George, an office he held until the government fell in October 1922. He was the founder of the (Royal) Army Education Corps in which he enabled the army "to take an immense step forward; the biggest it has ever taken" (Field Marshal Sir Henry Wilson, Chief of the Imperial General Staff). Barnes' autobiography is One Man... Many Parts.
After the war, he spent two years working at the War Office as Deputy Director of Staff Duties (Education), and then served a year as Under-Secretary of State for Air from 1921 to 1922. In 1925, he left the Liberals and joined the Labour Party.
Gorell was involved with many charities, particularly those that were educational or literary in nature. He was chairman of the Teachers' Registration Council (1922–1935), King's College Hospital (1929–1933), and of Dulwich College and Alleyn's School (1949–1959), and president of the National Council for the Unmarried Mother and her Child (1928–1962), the Royal Society of Teachers (1929–1935), and of the Royal Literary Fund (1951–1962).
Gorell was invested as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 Birthday Honours and as a Commander of the same order in 1919. He was also invested as an Officier of the Order of Leopold in 1919.
Lord Gorell married Maud Elizabeth Furse Radcliffe (1886–1954), eldest daughter of Alexander Nelson Radcliffe and Isabel Grace Henderson, in 1922. He died at his home in Arundel, aged 79, and was succeeded in the barony by his eldest son Timothy John Radcliffe Barnes.
Gorell wrote 14 works of fiction, mainly detective stories, and several collections of poetry, published by John Murray.