MPs and the First World War

Since 2014 Dr. Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of our House of Commons, 1832-1868 project, has been writing blogs to mark the centenary of the death of each of the 24 MPs and former MPs who died on military service during the First World War. This blog looks back over that series, reflecting on this group of men who went from Westminster to war, but did … Continue reading MPs and the First World War

Gerald Arbuthnot MP and the Parliamentary War Memorial

Since 2014 Dr. Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of our House of Commons, 1832-1945 project, has been blogging about the 24 MPs and former MPs who died on military service during the First World War. We have published her posts to mark the centenary of the death of each of these parliamentarians, one of whom was in the Lords by the time of his death. We’re … Continue reading Gerald Arbuthnot MP and the Parliamentary War Memorial

MPs in World War I: the Hon. Charles Henry Lyell (1875-1918)

Last month we marked the centenary of the last serving MP to be killed in action during the First World War and today we commemorate a former MP who died while on military service. Dr. Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of our House of Commons, 1832-1868 project, will conclude her blog series next month with a special post reflecting on all 24 MPs and former MPs … Continue reading MPs in World War I: the Hon. Charles Henry Lyell (1875-1918)

‘He chose the forefront of the battle’: Lord Alexander George Thynne (1873-1918)

Here’s the next instalment from Dr Kathryn Rix (Assistant Editor of the House of Commons 1832-1868 project) in her series commemorating those MPs who died during the First World War. You can see the rest of the series here… On 14 September 1918 Lord Alexander Thynne became the final serving Member of Parliament to be killed in action during the First World War. A Conservative, he … Continue reading ‘He chose the forefront of the battle’: Lord Alexander George Thynne (1873-1918)

‘One of my best and most reliable officers’: the Hon. Oswald Cawley (1882-1918)

Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the Commons 1832-68 Section continues with her series on MPs who died during WWI. Today we remember Captain Oswald Cawley who was killed in action in northern France on this day in 1918… On 20 June 1918 the former MP for Prestwich, Lord Cawley, watched from the peers’ gallery as his successor in the seat was sworn in as … Continue reading ‘One of my best and most reliable officers’: the Hon. Oswald Cawley (1882-1918)

MPs in World War I: Francis Bennett-Goldney (1862-1918)

Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the Commons 1832-1868 Section continues with our blog series to commemorate those MPs who died during the First World War. Today we remember Francis Bennett-Goldney, MP for Canterbury, who died on this day, 1918… Francis Bennett-Goldney was one of three MPs or former MPs who were in their fifties when they died while on military service during the First World War. He did … Continue reading MPs in World War I: Francis Bennett-Goldney (1862-1918)

‘A gallant death in the cause of freedom’: Percy Archer Clive (1873-1918)

Dr Kathryn Rix, Assistant Editor of the Commons 1832-1868 Section continues with our blog series to commemorate those MPs who died during the First World War. Today we remember Percy Archer Clive of the Grenadier Guards and MP for South Herefordshire…  On 5 April 1918 Percy Archer Clive became the twentieth MP or former MP to die while serving with the forces during the First World … Continue reading ‘A gallant death in the cause of freedom’: Percy Archer Clive (1873-1918)