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)

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)

‘The hero legislator of Uxbridge’: the Hon. Charles Thomas Mills (1887-1915)

100 years ago the Battle of Loos proved deadly for a third MP, as today marks the anniversary of the seventh MP who died in fighting in the First World War. Continuing our series of short biographies of these men, Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, discusses the life of Lieutenant Charles Thomas Mills… On 6 October 1915, the House of Commons suffered its third … Continue reading ‘The hero legislator of Uxbridge’: the Hon. Charles Thomas Mills (1887-1915)

‘One of the best’: Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart (1883-1915)

Sadly the anniversaries of MPs’ deaths in the First World War are coming at very regular intervals currently – today marks the 100th anniversary of the sixth MP who died in the fighting. Continuing our series of short biographies of these men, Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, discusses the life of Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart… On 2nd October 1915, the Conservative MP for Cardiff, … Continue reading ‘One of the best’: Lord Ninian Edward Crichton-Stuart (1883-1915)

‘In a dirty ditch somewhere in France’: the Hon. Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes (1880-1915)

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the fifth MP who died fighting in the First World War, and the second this month. Continuing our series of short biographies of these men, Dr Kathryn Rix, of the Victorian Commons, discusses the life of Thomas Agar-Robartes MP… Writing in May 1915 to apologise for his absence from a Liberal meeting in his Cornish constituency, Thomas Agar-Robartes MP headed … Continue reading ‘In a dirty ditch somewhere in France’: the Hon. Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes (1880-1915)