ASTOR, JOHN JACOB ), younger son of the 1st Viscount Astor, was born May 20 1886. Educated at Eton and New College, Oxford, in 1906 he joined the 1st Life Guards, and, from 1911 to 1914, was aide-de-camp to the viceroy of India. In 1916 Major Astor married Lady Violet Mary, daughter of the 4th Earl of Minto and widow of Lord Charles Mercer Nairne. At the outbreak of the World War, he went to France with the Household Cavalry, and served there four years. He was wounded at the first battle of Ypres and again severely in Sept. 1918. In 1922, Major Astor purchased the holding of the late Viscount Northcliffe in The Times Publishing Company, and became its chairman and the chief proprietor of The Times. Shortly afterwards he caused to be established a body of trustees consisting of the holders of certain important non-political offices, whose consent he made necessary to any future transfer of the control of that journal. He was Conservative member for the Dover division of Kent in Nov. 1922 and again in 1923 and 1925. In 1925, as treasurer of the Empire Press Union, he attended the press conference in Australia.