Gordon Jacob

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Birthday
5, 1895
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 8, 1984 (88)
Birth Sign
Cancer
Birthday
5, 1895
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jun 8, 1984 (88)

About

Known for his use of wind instruments. His version of the British National Anthem was used for Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation.

Before Fame

He served in the Field Artillery division during World War I and later the infantry. He was captured in 1917 and entertained the other POWs by making music with any instruments they could find around the prison camp.

Trivia

He taught at the Royal College of Music from 1924 to 1966.

Family Life

He was the youngest of 10 children. He married his second wife Margaret Gray in 1959, who was his first wife's niece and 42 years his junior.

Associated With

His life was turned into a 1959 BBC documentary directed by Ken Russell.

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