Brigadier Christopher Henry Maxwell Peto, of Kenwith Castle, near Bideford, formerly MP for the old North West Devon Division, was born in February 1897, and is the second son of the late Sir Basil Peto, first baronet, and grandson of the late Sir Morton Peto, Bart.
Educated at Harrow School, he subsequently entered the Army as a regular soldier and was commissioned in the 9th Queen’s Royal Lancers in 1915. He was seriously wounded in 1918 and was mentioned in despatches.
During the recent war he was again wounded while leading the 9th Lancers against a German position during the Dunkirk retreat, and was awarded the DSO.
For nearly three years, Brig Peto commanded two different armoured brigades and subsequently became Chief Liaison Officer to the Allied contingents on Field Marshall Montgomery’s staff.
Brig Peto is widely travelled and, during the inter-war period, in the course of his military service, visited Germany, Egypt, Palestine, Transjordan, Syria, East Africa, Uganda and India.
He comes of a family that has many Parliamentary associations. His father, the late Sir Basil Peto, was Conservative member for the Devizes Division of Wiltshire, from 1910 to 1918 and for the North West Devon Division from 1922-1923 and again from 1924-1935. His grandfather, the late Sir Morton Peto, was for many years Liberal Member of Parliament for Norwich.
Brig Peto married Miss Barbara Close, younger daughter of Mr and Mrs Edwin Close, of Camberley. They have a daughter and two sons.