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Lieutenant-Colonel Guy Greville Wilson DSO, CMG (19 May 1877 – 1 February 1943)[1] was a British soldier, company director, and Liberal Party politician from Kingston upon Hull. His family owned Thomas Wilson Sons & Co., which was once the largest private shipowning concern in the world.[2]

Family and military serviceEdit

Wilson was the second son of Charles Henry Wilson (later the first Baron Nunburnholme) and his wife Florence Jane Helen Wellesley.[3] He was educated at Eton, and in February 1895 he was commissioned in the British Army as a second Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion of the East Yorkshire Regiment.[4] He served in South Africa as a Lieutenant with the 11th Hussars during the Second Boer War,[3] where he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order in October 1902.[5] He retired from the full-time army service in 1903, but later became Lieutenant-Colonel of the 1st battalion of the East Riding of Yorkshire Yeomanry and served in the army during World War I from 1915 to 1916.[3]

Wilson was married twice, firstly on 23 June 1904[6] to Lady Isabel Ines-Ker (1879–1905), daughter of the 7th Duke of Roxburghe.[3] She died in childbirth on 12 October 1905[6] (the year after their marriage). He married again in May 1911, to Avery Fowell Buxton (born 1889),[7] daughter of Lt.-Col. Geoffrey Fowell Buxton (1852–1929),[8] of Dunston Hall in Norfolk, a Deputy Lieutenant of Norfolk[8] and a Director of Barclays Bank.

Political careerEdit

His father Charles had been a Member of Parliament (MP) for over 30 years,[2] and when he retired from the House of Commons in 1906 before being awarded a peerage, Charles's older son Charles H. W. Wilson was elected at the 1906 general election to succeed him as MP for Hull West.[9] However, their father died the following year, and Charles Jr succeeded to his peerage, thereby gaining a seat in the House of Lords and automatically vacating his seat in the Commons. At the resulting by-election in November 1907, Guy was elected to succeed him,[1][10] with a narrow majority of 241 votes (1.5% of the total) over his Conservative Party opponent.[9]

He was re-elected at both the January 1910 and December 1910 elections and held the seat until the constituency was abolished at the 1918.[9] He then stood in the new North Western division of Hull, where he was one of 159 Liberal candidates to receive the "coalition coupon",[11] which signified the endorsement of the Conservative-dominated Coalition Government led by David Lloyd George. However, Wilson repudiated the coupon,[9] and was overwhelmingly defeated by the Conservative Party candidate Lambert Ward; Wilson took only 21.0% of the votes.[11]

After his defeat in 1918, Wilson did not stand for Parliament again.[11]

He was later made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG).[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "H" (part 4)}[better source needed] }}
  2. 2.0 2.1 L. P. Sidney, "Wilson, Charles Henry, first Baron Nunburnholme (1833–1907)", rev. Arthur G. Credland, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006. Accessed 22 July 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Debrett's House of Commons and the Judicial Bench 1916. p. 172. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  4. The London Gazette: no. 26600. p. 1004. 19 February 1895. Retrieved 22 July.
  5. The London Gazette: no. 27490. p. 6898. 31 October 1902. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Dewar, Peter Beauclerk (2001). Burke's landed gentry of Great Britain. p. 770. 
  7. Lundy, Darryl. "Avery Buxton". Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lundy, Darryl. "Lt.-Col. Geoffrey Fowell Buxton". Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Craig, F. W. S. (1989) [1974]. British parliamentary election results 1885–1918 (2nd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 130. ISBN 0-900178-27-2. 
  10. The London Gazette: no. 28085. p. 8439. 3 December 1907. Retrieved 22 July 2010.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 157. ISBN 0-900178-06-X. 
  12. The London Gazette: no. 33786. p. 51. 1 January 1932. Retrieved 22 July 2010.

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Preceded by
Charles Wilson
Member of Parliament for Hull West
1907 – 1918
Constituency abolished

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