A characteristic Parliamentary question and answer about Lord Milner's "naturalisation" call for fuller explanation. Complete frankness is the one real remedy for suspicion whether justified or ignorant or merely malicious. In this case there is admittedly quite sufficient ground for rumour, though Lord Mihier has never thought it necessary to defend himself from attacks which began long before the war, and have always come (most comically) from avowed "pro-Germans."
The whole truth about Lord Milner's "German origin," as we have always understood, is that his father's -motherwas a German. His father, who lived for many years in Germany, is still remembered as the. head of a typically English household of the land which existed here and there in Germany 50 years ago. Not only did Lord Milner's father never become a. German subject, not only did he always pay tax as a foreign resident, but he deliberately placed oii record his English patriotism, when in this country, by spending a period of service as one of the earliest and most active members of the Volunteer Force. At an age, therefore, when he would have been liable for service in Germany if he had ever been counted a German, he took special pains to wear the uniform of the Queen of England. He married the daughter of an English General, and his son, Lord Milner, who was born in Germany, was educated entirely and from his earliest days in England, with the exception, of three years spent at a German school. Of Lord Milner's life-long services to the British Empire, it is unnecessary, and perhaps, irrevelant, to speak-., The point is that on both sides—Milnervj%nd Ready—he comes of unimpeachably English stock. That he has any number of German cousins is likely enough; but there is no truth whatever in the statement that he, or either of his parents, or any or his male forbear;*; was anything but English.—"The Times,"
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LORD MILNER., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 1 May 1919
LORD MILNER. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9599, 1 May 1919
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