Allen Bathurst, Lord Apsley

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Allen Algernon Bathurst, Lord Apsley, DSO, MC, TD, DL (3 August 1895 – 17 December 1942) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Family[edit]

Apsley was the eldest son of Seymour Bathurst, 7th Earl Bathurst and his wife Lilias Margaret Frances née Borthwick, daughter of Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk.

Career[edit]

He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. During World War I, he served overseas with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He was promoted to temporary lieutenant in April 1916,[1] acting captain in June 1917,[2] receiving a substantive promotion to lieutenant from the same date,[3] and to substantive captain in 1918.[4] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his actions in Egypt:[5][6]

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Southampton in 1922[7] and for Bristol Central in 1931,[8] seats he held until 1929[9][10] and 1942[11] respectively. In 1923 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the "County of Gloucester, and of the City and County of the City of Gloucester, and the City and County of the City of Bristol."[12]

During this time, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to: the Under-Secretary of State for the Overseas Trade Department 1922-24, the Minister of Transport 1925-29 and the Minister for Co-ordination Defence 1936. He had also been President of the UK Pilot's Association in 1925 and sometime chairman of Western Airways, Western Air Transport Company and a director of Morning Post.

He remained a member of the Territorial Army between the wars,[13] and was awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD) in 1929,[14] promoted to brevet major in 1930,[15] and promoted to substantive major in 1938.[16] During World War II, he served overseas again and died on active service, commanding the Arab Legion in Malta, in 1942.[17]

Marriage[edit]

On 27 February 1924, Lord Apsley had married Viola Meeking (who succeeded him as MP for Bristol Central)[18] and they had two sons: Henry Allen John (1927–2011) and George Bertram (1929–2010). As Lord Apsley predeceased his father, the latter's earldom later passed to Lord Apsley's eldest son, Henry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 29622. p. 5912. 13 June 1916. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30379. p. 11775. 13 November 1917. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  3. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30148. p. 6269. 22 June 1917. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30558. p. 2861. 5 March 1918. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31219. p. 3225. 7 March 1919. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  6. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31583. p. 12219. 3 October 1919. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32775. p. 8710. 8 December 1922. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  8. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33769. p. 7137. 6 November 1931. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  9. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32897. p. 366. 11 January 1924. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  10. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32996. p. 8531. 25 November 1924. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34223. p. 7496. 26 November 1935. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  12. ^ The London Gazette: no. 32874. p. 7215. 26 October 1923. Retrieved 10 January 2008.
  13. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 32731. p. 5434. 21 July 1922. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  14. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 33548. p. 6991. 1 November 1929. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  15. ^ The London Gazette: no. 33565. p. 8505. 31 December 1929. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  16. ^ The London Gazette: no. 34589. p. 289. 13 January 1939. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  17. ^ "Commonwealth War Graves Commission - casualty details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 35916. p. 937. 23 February 1943. Retrieved 15 January 2008.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Ivor Philipps
and William Dudley Ward
Member of Parliament for Southampton
19221929
With: Edwin Perkins
Succeeded by
Ralph Morley
and Tommy Lewis
Preceded by
Joseph Alpass
Member of Parliament for Bristol Central
19311942
Succeeded by
Lady Apsley