Walter Roch

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Walter Roch

Walter Francis Roch (20 January 1880 – 3 March 1965), sometime MP (Lib.) for Pembrokeshire from 1908 to 1918 was a Welsh politician and landowner, whose political career ended when he continued to support H.H. Asquith over David Lloyd George. He was also a barrister at the Middle Temple from 1913.[1]

Roch was born the second son of William Francis Roch, J.P., of Butter Hill, Pembrokeshire (who died in 1889) and his wife Emily Catherine Powell (she died in 1938), the second daughter of a Welsh Liberal politician Walter R.H. Powell, of Maesgwynne, Llanboidy, Carmarthenshire, MP (Lib.) for Carmarthenshire, 1880–85, and West Carmarthenshire, 1885-89. He was educated at Twyford and Harrow Schools. In 1908, at the age of 28, he successfully contested the seat in Pembrokeshire and was re-elected continuously until 1918.[2]

He was appointed to the Dardanelles Commission in 1916.

He married on 20 April 1911[3] Hon. Fflorens[4] Mary Ursula Herbert (1879- ), daughter of Ivor Herbert, 1st Baron Treowen and eventually his sole heiress. Issue, if any, unknown.

In 1934, Roch was appointed JP for Monmouthshire. He and his wife spent the last twenty-five years of his life on their estates.


  1. ^ The source for most of this information is Walter Roch's mini-biography by Dr John Graham Jones. [1]. Retrieved 10 August 2007
  2. ^ Dr Jones, Ibid. [2]. Retrieved 10 August 2007
  3. ^ Paul Theroff. "The descendants of King Henry VII of England". Retrieved 10 August 2007 [3]
  4. ^ Her name was apparently spelled in the Welsh way, although gives her first name as Florence. [4]. Retrieved 10 August 2007

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
John Philipps
Member of Parliament for Pembrokeshire
Succeeded by
Sir Evan Davies Jones