Harold Arthur Guy

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Col. Harold Arthur Guy OBE (April 1898 – 1980), was a British Motor car dealer and Liberal Party politician.

Background[edit]

Guy was born in Weymouth, Dorset in April 1898.[1] He married Nora. In March 1945 he was awarded the OBE.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Guy served in the 1914-1918 war in the Royal Navy. He served as a Major in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. In 1939 he was evacuated from the beaches at Dunkirk. He was with the Canadian forces for 2–3 years. He served at the HQ of 21 Army Group under Field Marshal Montgomery. He was managing director of Cheltenham & Gloucester Car Mart Limited.[3] He was President of the Motor Agents Association. He was President of the British Motor Trade Association. He was President of Gloucester Chamber of Trade. He was President of the Gloucester Rotary Club.[4]

Political career[edit]

Guy was Liberal candidate for the Gloucester division of Gloucestershire at the 1945 General Election;

General Election 1945: Gloucester[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Moss Turner-Samuels 14,010 46.99
Conservative Harold Leslie Boyce 10,466 35.10
Liberal Col. Harold Arthur Guy 5,338 17.90
Majority 3,544 11.89
Turnout 74.36
Labour gain from Conservative Swing

He became Chairman of the Gloucester group of hospitals under the National Health Service Act 1946.[6] He was again Liberal candidate for the Gloucester division of Gloucestershire at the 1950 General Election;

General Election 1950: Gloucester
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Moss Turner-Samuels 20,202 47.70
Conservative John Anthony Kershaw 15,708 37.09
Liberal Harold Arthur Guy 6,444 15.21
Majority 4,494 10.61
Turnout 86.60
Labour hold Swing

He did not stand for parliament again.[7]

He died in Gloucestershire, England in 1980.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index, 1837-1915
  2. ^ Who's Who of 475 Liberal Candidates fighting the 1950 General Election
  3. ^ Who's Who of 475 Liberal Candidates fighting the 1950 General Election
  4. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1950
  5. ^ British parliamentary election results 1950-1973, Craig, F.W.S.
  6. ^ The Times House of Commons, 1950
  7. ^ British parliamentary election results 1950-1973, Craig, F.W.S.
  8. ^ England & Wales, Death Index, 1916-2007