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Name  Helenus Milmo

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Died  August 30, 1988, Chichester, United Kingdom
Education  Trinity College, Cambridge

Sir Helenus Milmo, QC (born Helenus Padraic Seosamh Milmo; 24 August 1908 – 30 August 1988) was a British lawyer and High Court judge. His career was notable for his role in the prosecution team at the Nuremberg trials.


Early life and education

He was born in County Limerick on 24 August 1908, the third son of Daniel and Kathleen (née White) Milmo, but spent his early years in Furbogh, Galway Gaeltacht. Milmo attended St. Gerard's School, Downside School and Trinity College, Cambridge; he went on to become a barrister, becoming a QC in 1961.


During World War II, Milmo was a member of MI5. Having previously worked under Kim Philby, Milmo was selected to investigate Philby in 1951, when Philby's treason became increasingly obvious. Milmo failed to elicit definitive answers and concluded "that Philby is and has been for many years a Soviet agent. But the case remained unproven." Milmo's peers were not entirely forgiving. "Some felt", wrote Peter Carter-Ruck when Milmo died in 1988, "that he was perhaps too much of a gentleman for that daunting task."

Milmo was appointed to the High Court in 1964.

Personal life

Milmo married Joan Frances Morley (9 March 1907 – June 1978), the second daughter of Francis Morley of Sloan Court, London, in 1933. The couple had five children:

  • Deirdre (born 1934)
  • Patrick, QC (born 1938), a barrister
  • Verity (born 1941)
  • Shaun (born 1943), a journalist
  • Patricia (born 1949/1950), a solicitor; she married Bennett Umunna in 1976
  • Two grandchildren, Cahal and Daniel Milmo, are also journalists, while another, Chuka Umunna, is a Labour Member of Parliament. Joan Milmo died in 1978, aged 71, from undisclosed causes. He married, secondly, in 1980 Mrs. Anne Brand, the widow of Francis Bernard Brand. Mrs. Brand was born Anne Gilmore O'Connell, the daughter of Maurice William O'Connell. Anne, Lady Milmo (born 27 May 1907 – died 28 November 2003) died at age 96. Sir Helenus Milmo died in 1988 in Chichester, West Sussex, six days after his 80th birthday. He was a distant nephew of Don Patricio Milmo O'Dowd (né Patrick Milmo; 1826–1899), who emigrated to Mexico and became a successful businessman and banker.


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