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Anthony Muirhead

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Name  Anthony Muirhead
Role  Politician

Died  October 29, 1939
Party  Conservative Party
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Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony John Muirhead MC & Bar TD (4 November 1890 – 29 October 1939) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was elected at the 1929 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Wells in Somerset, and held the seat until his death in 1939, aged 48.

Muirhead served in the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars in the First World War, reaching the rank of captain, being awarded the Military Cross in 1917 and a Bar while serving as Brigade Major of the 119th Infantry Brigade at Armentières in the closing days of the war in 1918. He was promoted to Brevet Major in 1919.

In 1924 he transferred to the 100th (Worcestershire and Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Field Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Army) and was granted the full rank of major. In 1933 he was promoted brevet lieutenant-colonel. In 1936 he was promoted to full lieutenant-colonel commanding the brigade. In 1939, he transferred to the 53rd Anti-Tank Regiment.

In the National Government of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he held junior ministerial office as Under-Secretary of State for Air from 1937 to 1938, and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for India and Burma from 1938 to 1939.


Muirhead committed suicide in 1939, purportedly out of fear that his leg injury would prevent him from seeing active service during the Second World War. He was buried in the churchyard at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire.


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