Lord Alexander Thynne

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Alexander Thynne from the Roll of Honour published in The Illustrated London News on 28 September 1918.

Lord Alexander George Boteville Thynne, DSO, MP (17 February 1873 – 16 September 1918), was a British Army officer and Conservative politician.

Thynne was the third and youngest son of John Thynne, 4th Marquess of Bath, and his wife Frances Isabella Catherine (née Vesey). He was commissioned a Second lieutenant in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry in April 1897.[1] Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, Thynne volunteered for service and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the Imperial Yeomanry on 7 February 1900,[2] serving in South Africa with the 1st (Wiltshire) company of the 1st Battalion. He was promoted lieutenant in the Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry on 13 June 1900, while still in South Africa. He was later a temporary Lieutenant-Colonel in the Service Battalion of the Wiltshire Regiment and served in the Somaliland campaign of 1903 to 1904.

In the January 1910 general election he was elected to the House of Commons as one of two representatives for Bath.

During the First World War Thynne was twice wounded in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and awarded the Distinguished Service Order[3] and the Croix de Guerre. He was killed in action in France on 14 September 1918, aged 45, and was buried at Béthune Town Cemetery.[4] He never married. He is commemorated on Panel 8 of the Parliamentary War Memorial in Westminster Hall, one of 22 MPs that died during World War I to be named on that memorial.[5][6] Thynne is one of 19 MPs who fell in the war who are commemorated by heraldic shields in the Commons Chamber.[7] A further act of commemoration came with the unveiling in 1932 of a manuscript-style illuminated book of remembrance for the House of Commons, which includes a short biographical account of the life and death of Thynne.[8][9]


  1. ^ "No. 26841". The London Gazette. 13 April 1897. p. 5. 
  2. ^ "No. 27162". The London Gazette. 6 February 1900. p. 809. 
  3. ^ London Gazette Issue 29886 published on 29 December 1916
  4. ^ "Casualty Details: Thynne, Lord Alexander George". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Recording Angel memorial Panel 8". Recording Angel memorial, Westminster Hall. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  6. ^ "List of names on the Recording Angel memorial, Westminster Hall" (pdf). Recording Angel memorial, Westminster Hall. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  7. ^ "Thynne". Heraldic shields to MPs, First World War. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "House of Commons War Memorial: Final Volumes Unveiled by The Speaker". The Times (46050). London. 6 February 1932. p. 7. 
  9. ^ Moss-Blundell, Edward Whitaker, ed. (1931). The House of Commons Book of Remembrance 1914–1918. E. Mathews & Marrot. 


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