Thomas William Hay

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Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas William Hay (25 August 1882 – 10 July 1956) was a British military officer and politician, who served as the Conservative Member of Parliament for South Norfolk in 1922-23.

Conservative Party (UK) Political party in the United Kingdom

The Conservative Party, officially the Conservative and Unionist Party, is a centre-right political party in the United Kingdom. The governing party since 2010, it is the largest in the House of Commons, with 288 Members of Parliament. It also has 234 members of the House of Lords, 4 members of the European Parliament, 31 Members of the Scottish Parliament, 11 members of the Welsh Assembly, 8 members of the London Assembly and 7,445 local councillors.

South Norfolk (UK Parliament constituency) Parliamentary constituency in the United Kingdom, 1885 onwards

South Norfolk is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the UK Parliament since 2001 by Richard Bacon, a Conservative.

Hay was the son of Admiral Lord John Hay, and was educated at Clifton College. [1] During the First World War he served with the Leicestershire Yeomanry and the 16th Lancers, and was mentioned in despatches. [2]

Lord John Hay (Royal Navy officer, born 1827) British navy officer and politician born 1827

Admiral of the Fleet Lord John Hay, was a Royal Navy officer and politician. After seeing action in 1842 during the First Opium War, he went ashore with the Naval Brigade and took part in the defence of Eupatoria in November 1854 and the Siege of Sevastopol in Spring 1855 during the Crimean War. He also took part in the Battle of Taku Forts in August 1860 during the Second Opium War. As a politician, he became Member of Parliament for Wick and later for Ripon. He was sent to the Mediterranean in July 1878 to take control of Cyprus and to occupy it in accordance with decisions reached at the Congress of Berlin. In a highly political appointment, he was made First Naval Lord in March 1886 when the Marquis of Ripon became First Lord of the Admiralty but had to stand down just five months later when William Gladstone's Liberal Government fell from power in August 1886.

Clifton College Public school in Bristol, England

Clifton College is a co-educational independent school in the suburb of Clifton in the city of Bristol in South West England, founded in 1862. In its early years it was notable for emphasising science rather than classics in the curriculum, and for being less concerned with social elitism, e.g. by admitting day-boys on equal terms and providing a dedicated boarding house for Jewish boys, called Polacks. Having linked its General Studies classes with Badminton School, it admitted girls to the Sixth Form in 1987 and is now fully coeducational. Polacks house closed in 2005.

Leicestershire Yeomanry

The Leicestershire Yeomanry was a yeomanry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1794 and again in 1803, which provided cavalry and mounted infantry in the Second Boer War and the First World War and provided two field artillery regiments of the Royal Artillery in the Second World War, before being amalgamated with the Derbyshire Yeomanry into forming the Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry in 1957. The regiment's lineage is currently perpetuated by E Squadron of the Royal Yeomanry.

In the 1922 United Kingdom general election, he was the Conservative candidate for South Norfolk; the Liberal Party did not stand a candidate, leaving a direct contest between Hay and the incumbent Labour member, George Edwards, who had won the seat in a 1920 by-election. Hay won by a small majority. However, at the subsequent 1923 general election he was defeated by Edwards. Hay thus sat for slightly under a year, one of the shortest-serving MPs in history. He did not contest the 1924 general election, which saw the seat return to Conservative control.

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Liberal Party (UK) political party of the United Kingdom, 1859–1988

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George Edwards (British politician) trade unionist and Labour Party politician in the United Kingdom

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During the Second World War, Hay served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, rising to the rank of squadron leader. [2]

Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

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Squadron leader OF-3 rank in the Royal Air Force and other air forces

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  1. "Clifton College Register" Muirhead, J.A.O. p210: Bristol; J.W Arrowsmith for Old Cliftonian Society; April, 1948
  2. 1 2 "Hay, Thomas William". Who's Who . 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 18 December 2017.(subscription or UK public library membership required)
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Edwards
Member of Parliament for South Norfolk
Succeeded by
George Edwards