Clive Bossom

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Sir Clive Bossom, 2nd Baronet, FRSA, FRGS (4 February 1918 – 8 March 2017) was a British Conservative Party politician and Member of Parliament (MP).

Early life and political career[edit]

Bossom was the son of Alfred Charles Bossom (also an MP, later ennobled as Lord Bossom) and Emily Bayne. He was educated at Eton. He served in the Second World War in The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regiment) in Europe and the Far East and became a Major.[1] He left the Army in 1948.[2]

His political career began in 1949 when he became a County Councillor in Kent until 1951 and he was subsequently Conservative Member of Parliament for Leominster from 1959 to 1974. During this time he was also Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance from 1960 to 1961, to the Secretary of State for Air from 1962 to 1964, to the Minister of Defence (RAF) in 1964 and to the Home Secretary from 1970 to 1972.[1] Bossom succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet Bossom, of Maidstone, in the County of Kent on 4 September 1965.[1]

Other interests[edit]

Outside politics he was a director of Vosper from 1973 to 1988, chairman of Europ Assistance Ltd (1972–88), chairman of the Anglo-Eastern Bank, director of the Northern Star Insurance Co, chairman of the British Motor Sports Council (1975–82), vice-chairman of the British Roads Federation (1975–82), vice-president (d'honneur) of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, president of IFPA (1969–81), and Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers (1979–80).[2] Bossom was also active in international relations. He was president of the Anglo-Netherlands Society (1978–89), Anglo-Belgian Society (1983–85) and the Iran Society. He received several awards from these countries.[2]

In the social fields, he was international president of the International Social Service for Refugees (1984–89), chairman of the Ex-Servicemens War Disabled Help Committee (1973–88) and vice-chairman Joint Committee of the Red Cross and St John (1987–92). He was Almoner of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem between 1987 and 1993.[2] Bossom was a patron of the charity Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB).

Private life[edit]

Bossom married Lady Barbara Joan North (a sister of the 9th Earl of Guilford) on 28 September 1951; the couple had four children.[1]

Awards and decorations[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Major Hon. Sir Clive Bossom, 2nd Bt". The Peerage. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Clive BOSSOM". Debretts. Archived from the original on 8 March 2015. Retrieved 3 March 2015. 

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Archer Baldwin
Member of Parliament for Leominster
1959February 1974
Succeeded by
Peter Temple-Morris
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Bossom
(of Maidstone)
1965 – 2017
Succeeded by
Bruce Charles Bossom