George K. Cockerill
He joined the Queen's Royal Regiment (West Surrey) in February 1888, was promoted to a lieutenant on 26 June 1889, and served in the Hazara Expedition in 1891. From 1892 to 1895 he explored the eastern Hindu Kush, for which he won the MacGregor Memorial medal and was a gold medallist of the Royal United Services Institute in India. He served with the Chitral Relief Force in 1895, on the North-West Frontier of India from 1897 to 1898, and was promoted to captain (supernumerary) on 11 February 1899. He was a staff officer in the Second Boer War from 1900 to 1902, serving as deputy assistant adjutant general for communications from February 1900. For his war service, he was mentioned in despatches (dated 8 April 1902) and received the brevet promotion as major in the South African Honours list published on 26 June 1902. Following the end of the war, he received a regular commission as a captain in the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in August 1902. In 1907 he became a major in the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), and retired from that post in 1910.
At the December 1910 general election he stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative candidate in the Thornbury division of Gloucestershire. He was British technical delegate at the Hague Conference in 1907. During World War I he served in the War Office, first as Sub-Director of Military Operations, then as Deputy Director of Military Intelligence and Director of Special Intelligence with the rank of Brigadier-General. He received many honours for his wartime work, including being made a Companion of the Order of the Bath (military division) in 1916.
At the 1918 general election he was elected unopposed as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Reigate division of Surrey, having stood as a Coalition Conservative. He was returned unopposed in 1922 and in 1923, and re-elected with large majorities in 1924 and 1929. He retired from the House of Commons at the 1931 general election, having been knighted in the King's Birthday Honours in 1926.
- Sir George Cockerill. “Pioneer Exploration in Hunza and Chitral.” The Himalayan Journal. Vol. 11. 1939. 14-41.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "R" (part 1)
- Hesilridge, Arthur G. M. (1922). Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1922. London: Dean & Son. p. 35.
- "No. 27443". The London Gazette. 17 June 1902. pp. 3967–3974.
- "No. 27448". The London Gazette (Supplement). 26 June 1902. pp. 4191–4194.
- "No. 27460". The London Gazette. 1 August 1902. p. 4965.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1989) . British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 287. ISBN 0-900178-27-2.
- Craig, F. W. S. (1983) . British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 479. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
- "No. 33179". The London Gazette. 2 July 1926. p. 4402.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Cockerill
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Richard Hamilton Rawson
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1918 – 1931