MPs in World War I: Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot (1872-1916)

100 years ago yesterday the Somme claimed another MP: Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot. Dr Kathryn Rix of the Victorian Commons, blogs on his life… Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot was killed in action on 25 September 1916 while serving with the Grenadier Guards during the Battle of the Somme. Like Guy Baring, whose death we marked two weeks ago, he is buried at the Citadel New Military Cemetery, … Continue reading MPs in World War I: Gerald Archibald Arbuthnot (1872-1916)

Labour Unrest: Ramsay MacDonald and the Labour party, 1931

Our series this summer has taken a look at historical cases of division within political parties.  In our last post of the series, this week we discuss the Labour party of the 1930s, and how Ramsay MacDonald came to be reviled by the party he led for many years… The wartime split in the Liberal party and the increase in suffrage in 1918 and 1928 … Continue reading Labour Unrest: Ramsay MacDonald and the Labour party, 1931

MPs in World War I: Charles William Reginald Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham (1879-1916)

Yesterday we marked the death of Hon. Guy Victor Baring, who died on 15 September 1916. Another former occupant of the Conservative benches in the Commons was killed in action on the same day, as Dr. Kathryn Rix records… Of the MPs and former MPs who died on military service during the First World War, Charles William Reginald Duncombe was the only one to have been … Continue reading MPs in World War I: Charles William Reginald Duncombe, 2nd Earl of Feversham (1879-1916)

MPs in World War I: Hon. Guy Victor Baring (1873-1916)

The Battle of the Somme claimed another two MPs one hundred years ago this week. Today Dr Kathryn Rix of the Victorian Commons, continues our series with a short biography of Hon. Guy Baring, who died on the same  day as the former MP, Charles William Reginald Duncombe, second Earl of Feversham, who will feature on our blog tomorrow. With the Battle of the Somme entering a … Continue reading MPs in World War I: Hon. Guy Victor Baring (1873-1916)

‘Died not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor’: Thomas Michael Kettle (1880-1916)

Continuing our series of short biographies of the MPs who sadly lost their lives fighting in the First World War, today Dr Kathryn Rix of the Victorian Commons, discusses the second MP to die at the Somme, Thomas Kettle… Five days before his death in France on 9 September 1916, while leading his men at Ginchy, Thomas Kettle wrote to a friend in Dublin: This … Continue reading ‘Died not for flag, nor King, nor Emperor’: Thomas Michael Kettle (1880-1916)

Parliament, patriotism and the Last Night of the Proms

As the Proms come to an end this Saturday with the traditional ‘Last Night’, Dr Robin Eagles, Senior Research Fellow in the House of Lords 1660-1832 section, discusses the political history of the proms… Few events appear more synonymous with Britishness than the flag-waving jamboree that is the (second half of) the Last Night of the Proms – the gala concert that brings to a … Continue reading Parliament, patriotism and the Last Night of the Proms

‘The thing is to get on with the War’: Duncan Frederick Campbell (1876-1916)

Our blog today returns to our series, all written by Dr Kathryn Rix of the Victorian Commons, of short biographies of the MPs who sadly lost their lives fighting in the First World War. It’s the first of several in this series during September as the Somme offensive continued to claim the lives of thousands of British soldiers… On 4 September 1916 Lieutenant-Colonel Duncan Frederick … Continue reading ‘The thing is to get on with the War’: Duncan Frederick Campbell (1876-1916)