Taunton by-election, 1912

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The Taunton by-election was a Parliamentary by-election. It returned one Member of Parliament to the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, elected by the first past the post voting system.


William Peel had been Unionist MP for Taunton since 1909. He inherited his father's viscountcy in 1912, and moved to the House of Lords.

Previous result[edit]

General Election December 1910: Taunton Electorate 3,590
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative William Peel 1,806 53.4
Liberal John Edward Schunk 1,573 46.6
Majority 6.8
Conservative hold Swing


By-Election: Taunton Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Gilbert Wills 1,882 54.1 +0.7
Liberal John Edward Schunk 1,597 45.9 -0.7
Majority 8.2 +1.4
Turnout 3,479
Unionist hold Swing +0.7


A General Election was due to take place by the end of 1915. By the summer of 1914, the following candidates had been adopted to contest that election. Due to the outbreak of war, the election never took place.

General Election 1914/15: Electorate 3,914
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist Gilbert Wills

In 1918, Wills switched to contest the neighbouring seat of Weston super mare.

General Election 14 December 1918: Electorate 28,845
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Unionist 12,619
Labour George Woods 4,816
Unionist hold Swing
  • Boles was the endorsed candidate of the Coalition Government.


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1974). British parliamentary election results 1885-1918 (1 ed.). London: Macmillan.
  • Who's Who: www.ukwhoswho.com
  • Debrett's House of Commons 1916