In World War I he served with the 15th London Regiment and the Royal Air Force in France and Macedonia. He was appointed a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1914, serving as Dean from 1919–1927 and a Tutor from 1927-1935. He was President of the College from 1937-1944.
He served as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Cambridge University from 1935–1950 and, on the abolition of University constituencies, for the Carlton Division of Nottinghamshire from 1950-1966. He served in government as Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Education from 1951 until October 1954.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir John James Withers and
| Member of Parliament for Cambridge University
With: Sir John James Withers, to 1940
Dr Archibald Hill, 1940–1945;
Wilson Harris, 1945–1950
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Carlton
|Baronetage of the United Kingdom|
|New creation|| Baronet
of Orford, Suffolk
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