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Allen Algernon Bathurst, Lord Apsley, DSO, MC, TD, DL (3 August 1895 – 17 December 1942) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Family[edit | edit source]

Apsley was the eldest son of Seymour Bathurst, 7th Earl Bathurst and his wife Lilias Margaret Frances née Borthwick, daughter of Algernon Borthwick, 1st Baron Glenesk.

Career[edit | edit source]

He was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford. During World War I, he served overseas with the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars. He was promoted to temporary lieutenant in April 1916,[1] acting captain in June 1917,[2] receiving a substantive promotion to lieutenant from the same date,[3] and to substantive captain in 1918.[4] He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his actions in Egypt:[5][6]

Awarded the Distinguished Service Order.


Capt. Allen Algernon, Lord Apsley,. M.C., 1/1st Glouc. Yeo. (EGYPT)

On 30 September 1918, near Damascus, he was sent out with a troop of 20 men. and a Hotchkiss gun to seize the Kadem wireless station. Near Kadem Station he was held up by a body of the enemy, whose strength was double his own. He charged, killing 12 with his sword, the remainder being put to flight. On arrival at his objective the wireless station was found to have been already destroyed, and the enemy, who had been strongly reinforced, was threatening to cut off his troop. This officer carried out the retirement of the troop in perfect order, and, when attacked by the enemy from a flank, another charge was made, inflicting loss and enabling him to get away intact. Throughout this mission he showed splendid gallantry and marked ability to command.

He was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Southampton in 1922[7] and for Bristol Central in 1931,[8] seats he held until 1929[9][10] and 1942[11] respectively. In 1923 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for the "County of Gloucester, and of the City and County of the City of Gloucester, and the City and County of the City of Bristol."[12]

During this time, he was Parliamentary Private Secretary to: the Under-Secretary of State for the Overseas Trade Department 1922-24, the Minister of Transport 1925-29 and the Minister for Co-ordination Defence 1936. He had also been President of the UK Pilot's Association in 1925 and sometime chairman of Western Airways, Western Air Transport Company and a director of Morning Post.

He remained a member of the Territorial Army between the wars,[13] and was awarded the Territorial Decoration (TD) in 1929,[14] promoted to brevet major in 1930,[15] and promoted to substantive major in 1938.[16] During World War II, he served overseas again and died on active service, commanding the Arab Legion in Malta, in 1942.[17]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

On 27 February 1924, Lord Apsley had married Viola Meeking (who succeeded him as MP for Bristol Central)[18] and they had two sons: Henry Allen John (1927–2011) and George Bertram (1929–2010). As Lord Apsley predeceased his father, the latter's earldom later passed to Lord Apsley's eldest son, Henry.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "No. 29622". 13 June 1916. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29622/page/ 
  2. "No. 30379". 13 November 1917. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30379/page/ 
  3. "No. 30148". 22 June 1917. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30148/page/ 
  4. "No. 30558". 5 March 1918. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/30558/page/ 
  5. "No. 31219". 7 March 1919. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31219/page/ 
  6. "No. 31583". 3 October 1919. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31583/page/ 
  7. "No. 32775". 8 December 1922. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32775/page/ 
  8. "No. 33769". 6 November 1931. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33769/page/ 
  9. "No. 32897". 11 January 1924. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32897/page/ 
  10. "No. 32996". 25 November 1924. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32996/page/ 
  11. "No. 34223". 26 November 1935. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34223/page/ 
  12. "No. 32874". 26 October 1923. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32874/page/ 
  13. "No. 32731". 21 July 1922. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/32731/page/ 
  14. "No. 33548". 1 November 1929. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33548/page/ 
  15. "No. 33565". 31 December 1929. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/33565/page/ 
  16. "No. 34589". 13 January 1939. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/34589/page/ 
  17. "Commonwealth War Graves Commission - casualty details". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=1703809. 
  18. "No. 35916". 23 February 1943. https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35916/page/ 

External links[edit | edit source]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Ivor Philipps
and William Dudley Ward
Member of Parliament for Southampton
1922 – 1929
With: Edwin Perkins
Succeeded by
Ralph Morley
and Tommy Lewis
Preceded by
Joseph Alpass
Member of Parliament for Bristol Central
1931 – 1942
Succeeded by
Lady Apsley

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