Bartle Bull (politician)

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Bartle Brennen Bull (1 April 1902 – 17 October 1950) was a Canadian-born British barrister and Conservative Party politician.[1]

He was the eldest son of William Perkins Bull, KC of Eaton Place in London and Lorne Hall in Rosedale, Toronto, Canada. Born in Toronto, he was educated in England at Eton College and Magdalen College, Oxford.[1] He subsequently studied law, passing bar examinations in criminal law and procedure in 1925 and property and conveyancing in 1926.[2][3] He was called to the bar at the Inner Temple in 1928.[1] In the same year he moved to Bartle, Cuba, to manage his family's cattle ranch and sugar plantation.[1] On return to England he began to practice law on the South Eastern Circuit.[1]

In February 1935 Bull was chosen by the Enfield District Conservative Association to contest the local constituency at the next general election, in place of the retiring member of parliament, Lieutenant-Colonel R V K Applin.[4] He retained the seat for the Conservatives at the general election held in October 1935.[5]

With the outbreak of the Second World War, Bull obtained a commission in the Coldstream Guards.[6] He took part in the North African Campaign, and was badly wounded at the Battle of Sidi Barrani.[1]

Bull lost his Commons seat at the 1945 general election, when it was one of many won by the Labour Party in a political landslide.[1]

On leaving parliament, Bull returned to his legal practice. He died suddenly from a heart attack at his home in Chesham Place, London, in October 1950, aged 48.[1][7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Obituary: Mr Bartle Bull". The Times. 18 October 1950. p. 6. 
  2. ^ "Bar Examinations. Michelmas Results". The Times. 29 October 1925. p. 8. 
  3. ^ "Bar Examinations. Trinity Term Results". The Times. 3 June 1926. p. 8. 
  4. ^ "News in Brief". The Times. 18 February 1935. p. 14. 
  5. ^ "The General Election". The Times. 15 November 1935. p. 11. 
  6. ^ "No. 34698". The London Gazette. 18 September 1939. p. 6649. 
  7. ^ "Deaths". The Times. 20 October 1950. p. 1. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Reginald Applin
Member of Parliament for Enfield
Succeeded by
Ernest Davies