Hampden Whalley

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George Hampden Whalley, later George Hampden White (1851–1917) was a British Liberal Party politician and soldier.

The son of George Hammond Whalley, Member of Parliament (MP) for Peterborough, he was born at the family estate of Plas Madoc in 1851. Educated at Brighton College and on the training ship Britannia, he afterwards entered the Royal Navy.[1]

Whalley received a lieutenant's commission in the 6th Royal Lancaster Regiment of Militia on 9 March 1871.[2] He resigned his commission on 1 June 1872,[3] and was commissioned a cornet in the Denbighshire Yeomanry on 29 June 1872.[4] Whalley was promoted lieutenant, then captain on 4 December 1878.[5] In 1879, Whalley commanded C Troop of Lonsdale's Horse, a local colonial unit, in the Anglo-Zulu War. A convoy under his command from Fort Tenedos to Fort Chelmsford successfully beat off a Zulu ambush.[6]

Whalley was elected Liberal MP for Peterborough in 1880, like his father (who had occupied the seat until his death in 1878). He resigned by becoming Steward of the Manor of Northstead in June 1883. He was adjudged bankrupt later that year.[7] In April 1884, Whalley and his wife rented a house in South Kensington. They were evicted in August, after Whalley's draft for the rent had proved uncollectable, but by this time Whalley had broken into a locked room and stolen £200 of the owner's goods and pawned them. He was subsequently convicted of theft at the Old Bailey and sentenced to nine months at hard labour.[8] He subsequently changed his surname to White, and emigrated to Queensland, with his wife and infant daughter, in 1885 or 1886. He died in Innisfail, Queensland in 1917.[9]


  1. ^ Dod, Charles Roger; Robert Phipps Dod (1881). Dod's Parliamentary Companion. Dod's Parliamentary Companion, ltd. p. 325. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  2. ^ "No. 23718". The London Gazette. 21 March 1871. p. 1497.
  3. ^ "No. 23863". The London Gazette. 31 May 1871. p. 2577.
  4. ^ "No. 23871". The London Gazette. 28 June 1871. p. 2976.
  5. ^ "No. 24652". The London Gazette. 3 December 1878. p. 6917.
  6. ^ Ashe, Walter; Edmund Verney Wyatt Edgell (1880). The Story of the Zulu campaign. S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington. p. 232. Retrieved 30 August 2008.
  7. ^ "No. 25312". The London Gazette. 25 January 1884. p. 418.
  8. ^ Old Bailey Proceedings Online (accessed 2009-02-04), Trial of GEORGE HAMPDEN WHALLEY, THOMAS HERBERT. (t18841020-1038, 20 October 1884).
  9. ^ "INNISFAIL ITEMS". The Northern Herald. XVII (212). Queensland, Australia. 27 April 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 19 April 2019 – via National Library of Australia.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Thomson Hankey
John Wentworth-FitzWilliam
Member of Parliament for Peterborough
With: John Wentworth-FitzWilliam
Succeeded by
John Wentworth-FitzWilliam
Sydney Buxton