William Legge, 7th Earl of Dartmouth
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In 1907, he joined the London County Council and entered Parliament in 1910 as Member of Parliament for West Bromwich, a seat he held until 1918. He was High Bailiff of Westminster from 1930–42 and was knighted for his services in 1934. Legge inherited his father's titles in 1936. He served with the Staffordshire Yeomanry in the Egypt and Palestine campaign in the Second World War, for which he was awarded the Territorial Decoration.
Lord Dartmouth married Lady Ruperta Wynn-Carrington, third daughter of Robert Wynn Carrington, 1st Marquess of Lincolnshire, on 7 December 1905. They had six children:
- Lady Mary Cecilia Legge (1906–2003), married Noel Findlay.
- Lady Elizabeth Legge (1908–2000), married Ronald Lambert Basset.
- Lady Diana Legge (1910–1970), married (1) Hon. John Hamilton-Russell, son of 9th Viscount Boyne (killed 1943); (2) Adrian Matthews.
- William Legge, Viscount Lewisham (1913–1942), killed at the Second Battle of El Alamein.
- Lady Barbara Legge (b. 1916), married Adam Kwiatkowski.
- Lady Josceline Gabrielle Legge (1918–1995), married Dermot Chichester, 7th Marquess of Donegall.
Following the death of his father-in-law in 1928 Lord Dartmouth acted as Deputy Lord Great Chamberlain until the death of George V in 1936. Lord Dartmouth died in February 1958, aged 77. As he had no surviving male issue, he was succeeded by his younger brother, Humphry Legge.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by the Earl of Dartmouth
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