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 Army officer and Conservative Party politician.

Early life[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. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, graduating BA hons.

Military career[edit]

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. Lord and Lady Apsley published a book called The Amateur Settlers in 1929 recounting their escapades and adventures travelling through in the Northern Territory of Australia. They had many encounters, including with local aborigines, in which detailed descriptions reveal their social attitudes and behaviour.[13]

He remained a member of the Territorial Army between the wars,[14] and was awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD) in 1929,[15] promoted to brevet major in 1930,[16] and promoted to substantive major in 1938.[17] During World War II, he served overseas again and died on active service, commanding the Arab Legion in Malta, in 1942.[18]


On 27 February 1924, Lord Apsley had married Viola Meeking (who succeeded him as MP for Bristol Central)[19] 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.


  1. ^ "No. 29622". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1916. p. 5912. 
  2. ^ "No. 30379". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 November 1917. p. 11775. 
  3. ^ "No. 30148". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 June 1917. p. 6269. 
  4. ^ "No. 30558". The London Gazette (Supplement). 5 March 1918. p. 2861. 
  5. ^ "No. 31219". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 March 1919. p. 3225. 
  6. ^ "No. 31583". The London Gazette (Supplement). 3 October 1919. p. 12219. 
  7. ^ "No. 32775". The London Gazette. 8 December 1922. p. 8710. 
  8. ^ "No. 33769". The London Gazette. 6 November 1931. p. 7137. 
  9. ^ "No. 32897". The London Gazette. 11 January 1924. p. 366. 
  10. ^ "No. 32996". The London Gazette. 25 November 1924. p. 8531. 
  11. ^ "No. 34223". The London Gazette. 26 November 1935. p. 7496. 
  12. ^ "No. 32874". The London Gazette. 26 October 1923. p. 7215. 
  13. ^ selectedversion=NBD2533276
  14. ^ "No. 32731". The London Gazette (Supplement). 21 July 1922. p. 5434. 
  15. ^ "No. 33548". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 November 1929. p. 6991. 
  16. ^ "No. 33565". The London Gazette. 31 December 1929. p. 8505. 
  17. ^ "No. 34589". The London Gazette. 13 January 1939. p. 289. 
  18. ^ "Commonwealth War Graves Commission - casualty details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. 
  19. ^ "No. 35916". The London Gazette (Supplement). 23 February 1943. p. 937. 

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