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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The Baroness Armstrong of Sanderstead 1918-2020

_. The Baroness Armstrong of Sanderstead, who died 22 May, 2020, aged 101, was the wife of the Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead, GCB, MVO, PC [1915-1980].

Her husband, was a civil servant and banker. From 1943 to 1945 he was private secretary to the Secretary of the War Cabinet Sir Edward Bridges. Between 1949 and 1953, he was principal private secretary to the three successive Chancellors of the Exchequer Sir Stafford Cripps, Hugh Gaitskell and then R. A. Butler.

Lady Armstrong was born Gwendoline Enid Bennett in 1918, daughter of John Bennett; and married the then William Armstrong, in 1942. Her husband was raised to the peerage as Baron Armstrong of Sanderstead, in the City of Westminster, in 1975. He died 12 July, 1980.

 She leaves a son, Peter [born 1943], and a daughter, Janet [born 1947].

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