Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes (known as Tommy) (22 May 1880 – 30 September 1915) was a British Liberal politician.
Background and education
Tommy Agar-Robartes was the eldest son and heir of Thomas Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden, and his wife Mary (née Dickenson) and was brought up at Lanhydrock House, Bodmin. He was the eldest of ten (including a twin sister). Educated at Oxford and a keen horseman, he played in the Oxford University polo team that beat Cambridge in 1903.
He was elected a Member of Parliament for Bodmin in the 1906 general election, but lost his seat in June 1906 following a controversial election petition by the defeated candidate alleging illegal payments to potential voters. He was elected to the St Austell Division of Cornwall in a by-election in 1908 and held the seat until his death.
He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Royal 1st Devon Imperial Yeomanry on 4 June 1902. At the outbreak of World War I he joined the Royal Bucks Hussars as an officer. Tommy then joined the Coldstream Guards and was subsequently posted to France & Flanders. Captain The Honourable Thomas Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes, in command of No. 2 Coy, 1st Bn, the Coldstream Guards, was wounded in the Battle of Loos on 28 September and killed by a sniper on 30 September 1915 after rescuing a wounded comrade under heavy fire for which he was recommended for the Victoria Cross.
Agar-Robartes is commemorated on Panel 8 of the Parliamentary War Memorial in Westminster Hall, one of 22 MPs who died during World War I to be named on that memorial. Agar-Robartes is one of 19 MPs who fell in the war who are commemorated by heraldic shields in the Commons Chamber. 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 included a short biographical account of the life and death of Agar-Robartes. His younger brother Francis later succeeded their father in the viscountcy.
- Headstone at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, near Béthune
- Wooden battlefield marker St Hydroc's Church, Lanhydrock, Cornwall
- Granite memorial seat at Truro Road, St Austell, Cornwall
- Stained glass window at St Hydroc Church, Lanhydrock, Cornwall
- Stained glass window at Selsey Abbey, Sussex
- Stained glass window at Wimpole, Cambridgeshire
- Stained glass window at St Wilfrid's Chapel, Church Norton, West Sussex
- Marble bust at Truro Cathedral
- Wooden armorial shield at the House of Commons
- "Births, Marriages, Deaths". The Cornishman (99). 3 June 1880. p. 8.
- "The Polo Monthly" (PDF). 19 January 1911: 334. Retrieved 16 October 2015.
- "No. 27439". The London Gazette. 3 June 1902. p. 3611.
- "Casualty Details: Agar-Robartes, The Hon. Thomas Charles R". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
- Wimpole Parish Church at www.wimpole.info
- West Sussex County Council: Heritage at victorians.westsussex.gov.uk
- "Recording Angel memorial Panel 8". Recording Angel memorial, Westminster Hall. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- "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.
- "Agar-Robartes". Heraldic shields to MPs, First World War. UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk). Retrieved 31 August 2016.
- "House of Commons War Memorial: Final Volumes Unveiled by The Speaker". The Times (46050). London. 6 February 1932. p. 7.
- Moss-Blundell, Edward Whitaker, ed. (1931). The House of Commons Book of Remembrance 1914–1918. E. Mathews & Marrot.
- Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs
- Lundy, Darryl. "FAQ". The Peerage.[unreliable source]
- Wimpole War Memorial
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