Arthur Marsden (politician)

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Sir Arthur Marsden (1883 – 26 November 1960)[1][2] was a Royal Navy officer who became a British Conservative Party politician. He served as a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1931 to 1935 and from 1937 to 1950.

Naval career[edit]

Marsden was made a Royal Navy Sub-lieutenant on 15 November 1902[3] and was promoted to Lieutenant on 31 August 1904.[4] He later was promoted to Lieutenant Commander, and as such was in command of the Acasta-class destroyer HMS Ardent in 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. The Nassau-class battleship SMS Westfalen sank Ardent, but Marsden was commended for his service in the battle.[5][6] Later Marsden was promoted to Captain, and on 5 October 1920 he transferred to the Royal Navy Retired List.[7]

Political career[edit]

Marsden first stood for election to the House of Commons at the 1929 general election, when he unsuccessfully contested the Communist-held Northern division of Battersea. In a four-way contest, the seat was won by the William Sanders of the Labour Party, and when Labour's vote collapsed at the 1931 general election, Marsden won the seat from Sanders.[8]

Sanders regained the seat at the 1935 general election, but Marsden returned to Parliament two years later when he won a by-election in July 1937 in the safely-Conservative Chertsey division of Surrey. He held the seat until he retired from the Commons at the 1950 general election.[8]


  1. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "B" (part 1)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  2. ^ "House of Commons constituencies beginning with "C" (part 3)". Leigh Rayment's House of Commons pages. Archived from the original on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2009.
  3. ^ "Viewing page 7937". The London Gazette (27621). 1 December 1903. p. 7937. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  4. ^ "Viewing page 6797". The London Gazette (27727). 25 October 1904. p. 6797. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Viewing page 9068". Supplement to The London Gazette (29751). 15 September 1916. p. 9068, column 2. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Viewing page 9072". Supplement to The London Gazette (29751). 15 September 1916. p. 9072. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  7. ^ "Viewing page 9891". The London Gazette (32081). 12 October 1920. p. 9891, column 1. Retrieved 13 August 2012.
  8. ^ a b Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. pp. 3, 473. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Sanders
Member of Parliament for Battersea North
Succeeded by
William Sanders
Preceded by
Archibald Boyd-Carpenter
Member of Parliament for Chertsey
Succeeded by
Lionel Heald