George Doland

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Lieutenant-Colonel George Frederick Doland OBE (1 May 1872 – 26 November 1946) was a British businessman and Conservative politician.

A native of the Wandsworth area, Doland was a merchant tailor, who established a chain of shops in south-west London.[1] In 1912 he entered local politics, when he was elected as a Municipal Reform Party member of Wandsworth Borough Council for Balham ward.[2] He served on Wandsworth council for more than a quarter of a century, and was mayor of the borough in 1928-29 and 1933-34.[3][4][5] In 1934 he was elected to the London County Council as a Municipal Reform councillor for Balham and Tooting, and retained the seat in 1937.[6][7] He was appointed a deputy lieutenant for the County of London in 1938.[8]

Doland was too old for active service in World War I, but became a member of the Volunteer Training Force. He was granted a commission as a temporary major in the County of London Motor Volunteer Corps in 1917, and was promoted to temporary lieutenant-colonel.[9] He was subsequently a member of the Royal Army Service Corps Motor Transport (Volunteers), and resigned his commission in 1921. He was permitted to retain the honorary rank of "lieutenant-colonel".[10]

In June 1936, Sir Alfred Butt, the sitting Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Balham and Tooting resigned following a scandal concerning the leak of details of the budget. Doland was chosen to be Conservative candidate for the resulting by-election, and was unopposed by the other parties forming the Coalition Government.[11] In a straight fight with W G Miller of the Labour Party, he retained the seat with a majority of 2,070 votes.[12]

Doland was a member of the Commons for nine years. Elections were cancelled on the outbreak of World War II in 1939, and the next general election was not called until 1945. As he was over seventy years of age, Doland chose to retire from parliament.[13]

He died in November 1946, aged 74, from complications following a medical operation. He was cremated at Putney Vale Cemetery.[14]


Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

  1. ^ "The Forthcoming By-Elections. Activity at Balham and Derby". The Times. 17 July 1936. p. 9. 
  2. ^ "Borough Council Elections. Municipal Reform Gains. The London Results.". The Times. 2 November 1912. p. 11. 
  3. ^ "Election Intelligence. Issues at Balham". The Times. 11 July 1936. p. 9. 
  4. ^ "New Mayors". The Times. 10 November 1928. p. 14. 
  5. ^ "New Mayors". The Times. 10 November 1933. p. 16. 
  6. ^ "L.C.C. Elections". The Times. 10 March 1934. p. 8. 
  7. ^ "The New L.C.C.". The Times. 6 March 1937. p. 7. 
  8. ^ "No. 34541". The London Gazette. 12 August 1938. p. 5189. 
  9. ^ "No. 300067". The London Gazette. 11 May 1917. p. 4640. 
  10. ^ "No. 32477". The London Gazette. 4 October 1921. p. 7860. 
  11. ^ "Likely Candidates at Balham". The Times. 13 June 1936. p. 16. 
  12. ^ "Balham Election Result". The Times. 24 July 1936. p. 14. 
  13. ^ "Retiring M.P.S At Farewell Dinner". The Times. 14 June 1945. p. 8. 
  14. ^ "Deaths". The Times. 28 November 1946. p. 1. 
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Alfred Butt, 1st Baronet
Member of Parliament for Balham and Tooting
Succeeded by
Harold Richard Adams