John Profumo

John Profumo
Secretary of State for War
In office
27 July 1960 – 5 June 1963
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
Preceded by Christopher Soames
Succeeded by Joseph Godber
Personal details
Born John Dennis Profumo
(1915-01-30)30 January 1915
Kensington, London, England
Died 9 March 2006(2006-03-09) (aged 91)
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, South Kensington, London, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Valerie Hobson
(m. 1954-1998, her death)
Alma mater Brasenose College, Oxford
Military service
Allegiance   United Kingdom
Service/branch   British Army
Years of service 1939 – 1950
Rank British Army OF-6.svg Brigadier
Battles/wars Second World War

John Dennis Profumo, CBE (30 January 1915 – 9 March 2006), always known as Jack Profumo, was a British soldier and politician. A scandal, known as the Profumo affair, led to his resignation and withdrawal from politics. It may have damaged the Conservative government of Harold Macmillan. Profumo spent his later life working for charities.

Profumo died of a stroke in London, aged 91. [1]


Profumo's father was a barrister, though the Profumo family's money was in insurance. The family sold the Provident Life Association for £6 million in the 1980s. [2] Profumo was educated at Harrow and Brasenose College, Oxford. He joined the Army when war was declared, and in 1940 he became the youngest Member of Parliament. His military career is described:

"Profumo had a distinguished military career, being mentioned in dispatches during the North Africa campaign, and being appointed OBE (military) while serving on Field Marshal Alexander's staff in Italy. He was present at the surrender of the German forces in Italy and was later appointed Brigadier and Chief of Staff to the British Liaison Mission to General MacArthur in Japan. He also landed in Normandy on D-Day with an armoured brigade, and took part in the fierce fighting at Caen and in Operation Goodwood". [2]
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