Thomas Worrall Casey

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Thomas Casey

Thomas Worrall Casey (13 October 1869 – 29 November 1949) was a British Liberal politician and Trade Union leader.


He was born in the Intake district of Sheffield, the son of William and Jemima Ann Casey. He was educated at Gleadless Church School. He was married in 1894. He had two sons and three daughters. In 1916 his eldest son was killed in the First World War, Alphius. His memorial can be found in Thiepval in the Lancaster regiment.[1]

Trade Unionism[edit]

He started work at 12 years of age on a farm. At 13 he went to work at Birley Colliery, near Sheffield where he remained until 18 years of age. He was employed at this time as an engineman. He left and started at Cadeby Colliery, near Rotherham, as a winding engineman, and remained there for 24 years. On leaving he was presented with a Gold Hunter Watch by workmen and officials. He was elected as the General Secretary of the National Winding and General Engineers' Society serving for 25 years.


At the 1918 general election, Casey was elected for the Sheffield Attercliffe constituency. He benefitted from being endorsed by Prime Minister David Lloyd George.

General Election 1918: Sheffield Attercliffe[2] Electorate 35,923
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Coalition Liberal Thomas Worrall Casey 12,308 65.3
Labour William Crawford Anderson 6,539 34.7
Majority 5,769 30.6
Turnout 52.5
Coalition Liberal gain from Labour Swing

In parliament, he joined Lloyd George's Liberal group that was to form itself into the National Liberal Party. He lost his seat at the 1922 general election.

General Election 1922: Sheffield Attercliffe[3] Electorate 34,671
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour Cecil Henry Wilson 16,206 68.2
National Liberal Thomas Worrall Casey 7,562 31.8
Majority 8,644 36.4
Turnout 68.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing

Following Liberal reunion in 1923 he contested Ilkeston in 1923,

General Election 1923: Ilkeston[4] Electorate 31,503
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour George Harold Oliver 9,191 42.1 +2.1
Unionist William Marshall Freeman 6,566 30.0 +5.3
Liberal Thomas Worrall Casey 6,112 27.9 -7.4
Majority 2,625 12.1 +7.4
Turnout 69.4 -7.4
Labour hold Swing -1.6

He then moved to contest Gloucester in 1929 as a Liberal. He finally fought Rotherham in 1935 as a Liberal National.

General Election 1935: Rotherham[5] Electorate
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Labour William Dobbie 29,725 67.5
Liberal National Thomas Worrall Casey 14,298 32.5
Majority 15,427 35.0
Turnout 76.7
Labour hold Swing

With this final loss, he gave up on Parliamentary politics. He was elected to Mexborough Urban District Council. He was a Justice of the Peace in the city of Sheffield. He was a Methodist lay preacher for 60 years.

He died in Sheffield aged 80.


  1. ^ ‘CASEY, Thomas Worrall’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 accessed 1 Jan 2014
  2. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  3. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  4. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  5. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, F W S Craig
  • Michael Stenton and Stephen Lees, Who's Who of British MPs: Volume III, 1919-1945

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Crawford Anderson
Member of Parliament for Sheffield Attercliffe
Succeeded by
Cecil Henry Wilson