Former High Sheriff dies at the age of 96

Former High Sheriff of West Sussex Peter Luttman-Johnson died on October 1, aged 96, while on holiday in Spain.


He was born in London, brought up in West Sussex, spending his formative years at Crouchland, Plaistow.

Educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Oxford, from where he volunteered for service in the Second World War. He served in the UK until he joined a wartime organisation called Phantom and served in France, Belgium and Germany. He continued in the Territorial Army, reaching the rank of Colonel. After the war he worked in the City as a bill broker.

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In 1961 he married Barbara Sclater-Booth and they had three children. He brought his family down to West Sussex in 1965, where he was a district councillor for many years. He was High Sheriff in 1978 and Master of the Clothworkers’ Livery Company in 1986. He was also a great supporter of the Chiddingfold and Leconfield Hunt and a keen shot. He took a great interest in Lodsworth Cricket Club and all village and county activities.

After Barbara’s death, in 2000, he married Anna Rice (nee Minton Beddoes) and had 13 happy years with her in Petworth. There will be a thanksgiving service at 3pm on Monday, October 31 at St Mary’s Church, Petworth, The family has asked for no black.

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