Hastings Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay

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The Lord Ismay

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1st Secretary General of NATO
In office
24 March 1952 – 16 May 1957
Preceded byPost created
Succeeded byPaul-Henri Spaak
Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations
In office
28 October 1951 – 12 March 1952
Prime MinisterWinston Churchill
Preceded byPatrick Gordon Walker
Succeeded byThe Marquess of Salisbury
Member of the House of Lords
as Baron Ismay
In office
6 February 1947 – 17 December 1965
Preceded byPeerage created
Succeeded byPeerage extinct
Personal details
Born
Hastings Lionel Ismay

(1887-06-21)21 June 1887
Naini Tāl, North-Western Provinces, India
(now in Uttarakhand, India)
Died17 December 1965(1965-12-17) (aged 78)
Wormington Grange, near Stanton, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
Spouse(s)Laura Kathleen Clegg
ParentsStanley Ismay
Beatrice Read
AwardsKnight of the Order of the Garter
Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath
Order of the Companions of Honour
Distinguished Service Order
Mentioned in Despatches
Military service
Nickname(s)Pug
Allegiance United Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Raj British Indian Army
 British Army
Years of service1905–1946
RankBritish Army OF-9.svg General
CommandsSecretary General of NATO
Battles/warsFirst World War
Second World War

Hastings Lionel Ismay, 1st Baron Ismay KG GCB CH DSO PC (21 June 1887 – 17 December 1965), nicknamed Pug, was a British Indian Army officer and diplomat.

He was Winston Churchill's chief military assistant during the Second World War and he was the first Secretary General of NATO from 1952 to 1957. Ismay was the principal link between Churchill and the Chiefs of Staff Committee. Ismay also accompanied Churchill to many of the Allied war conferences.

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