Michael Hicks Beach, Viscount Quenington

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Michael Hugh Hicks Beach, Viscount Quenington (19 January 1877 – 23 April 1916), was a British politician.


Hicks-Beach was the eldest son of former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Michael Hicks-Beach, 1st Earl St Aldwyn, and his wife Lady Lucy Catherine Fortescue. He sat as Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Tewkesbury from 1906 to 1916 and was a board member at Lloyds Bank.

Hicks-Beach fought in the First World War as a Captain with the 1/1st Royal Gloucestershire Hussars and died, aged 39, on 23 April 1916 as a result of wounds received at Katia, Egypt. He is buried at the Cairo New British Protestant Cemetery alongside his wife.[1] Viscount Quenington 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.[2][3] Viscount Quenington is one of 19 MPs who fell in the war who are commemorated by heraldic shields in the Commons Chamber.[4] 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 Viscount Quenington.[5][6]

From 1915, when his father was created 1st Earl St Aldwyn, Hicks-Beach held the courtesy title of Viscount Quenington.

Marriage and children[edit]

Hicks-Beach married Marjorie Brocklehurst, daughter of Henry Dent Brocklehurst of Sudeley Castle, on 28 September 1909. They had two children:[7]

Lady Quenington died in Egypt[9] on 4 March 1916, less than two months before her husband. Their son Michael succeeded his grandfather in the earldom only a week after his father's death. He also became a prominent politician.

Cover of memorial service sheet, 4 May 1916, for Lord St. Aldwyn (1837–1916) & Viscount Quenington (1877–1916).


  1. ^ "Casualty Details: Hicks-Beach, Michael Hugh". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Recording Angel memorial Panel 8". Recording Angel memorial, Westminster Hall. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ "Hicks-Beach". Heraldic shields to MPs, First World War. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "House of Commons War Memorial: Final Volumes Unveiled by The Speaker". The Times (46050). London. 6 February 1932. p. 7. 
  6. ^ Moss-Blundell, Edward Whitaker, ed. (1931). The House of Commons Book of Remembrance 1914–1918. E. Mathews & Marrot. 
  7. ^ The Peerage, entry for Viscount Quenington
  8. ^ Obituary of Lady Delia Dillwyn-Venables-Llewelyn
  9. ^ cf Plaque in the chapel at Sudeley Castle.

External links[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir John Dorington, Bt
Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury
Succeeded by
William Frederick Hicks-Beach