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Col. Cecil Alfred Grenfell was born 13 February 1864 in London, England, United Kingdom to Pascoe de Pre Grenfell (1828-1896) and Sophia Grenfell (1833-1898) and died 11 August 1924 Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England, United Kingdom of unspecified causes. He married Lillian Maude Spencer-Churchill (1873-1951) 8 October 1898 in England.


Colonel Cecil Alfred Grenfell (13 February 1864 – 11 August 1924), was a British soldier and Liberal Party politician who was MP for Bodmin between the two general elections of 1910.

Colonel Cecil Alfred Grenfell was born on 13 February 1864.2 He was the son of Pascoe du Pré Grenfell and Sophia Grenfell.3 He married Lady Lillian Maud Spencer-Churchill, daughter of George Charles Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough and Lady Albertha Frances Anne Hamilton, on 8 October 1898.1 He died on 11 August 1924 at age 60.2

He held the office of Boer War in 1900.2 He was awarded the Territorial Decoration (T.D.)2 He held the office of Member of Parliament (M.P.) for Bodmin between January 1910 and December 1910.2 He gained the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry.2 He fought in the First World War.2 He gained the rank of Temporary Lieutenant-Colonel in 1917 in the Remount Service.2

Background[]

Grenfell was the son of Pascoe du Pré Grenfell, of Wilton Park, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, grandson of Pascoe Grenfell. His mother was Sophia (née Grenfell). Cecil Grenfell was one of fifteen recorded children born to Pascoe and Sophia. His schooling included time at Eton.[1] He married Lady Lilian Maud Spencer-Churchill, daughter of George Spencer-Churchill, 8th Duke of Marlborough, in 1898. They had two daughters.

Grenfell was a member of the Stock Exchange and rode in the 1896 Grand National.[2]

Of his eight brothers; three died in battle. Lieutenant Robert Septimus Grenfell died in a cavalry charge at the Battle of Omdurman in 1898 and his two youngest brothers (twins) were both killed in the First World War. One of the twins, Francis Octavius Grenfell received the Victoria Cross in 1914, but was killed in 1915.[3] He died in August 1924, aged 60. His wife survived him by 27 years and died in January 1951, aged 77.

Professional career[]

Grenfell was appointed a captain in the Buckinghamshire Yeomanry on 9 March 1898. Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in South Africa, he was in February 1900 seconded for active service with the Imperial Yeomanry,[4] where he was on 3 February 1900 commissioned a lieutenant with the temporary rank of Lieutenant in the Army.[5] He was later promoted to colonel.

Political career[]

Grenfell was selected as Liberal candidate for the Rochester division of Kent for the 1895 General Election. This was a Conservative seat that the Liberals won in the 1889 by-election only to lose in 1892. He was unsuccessful. He was selected as Liberal candidate for the Bodmin division of Cornwall for the January 1910 General Election. Bodmin had been in Liberal hands since 1906 but otherwise had been Liberal Unionist. He managed to hold the seat with a majority of just 50 votes. He chose not to stand again at the December 1910 election when the seat was regained by the Liberal Unionists. He did not stand for parliament again.[6]






Children



Offspring of Col. Cecil Alfred Grenfell and Lillian Maude Spencer-Churchill (1873-1951)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Iris Consuelo Grenfell (1900-1988)
Daphne Mary Grenfell (1901-)
Harry St. Leger Grernfell (1905-1985)
Unnamed Daughter Grenfell (1907-1907)










Siblings

Residences

See Also[]

Notes[]

  1. ^ Who's Who 1919. London, UK: A & C Black. 1919. I. 
  2. ^ Victoria Crosses on the Western Front August 1914- April 1915 by Peter Old Field
  3. ^ "Grenfell Family History". Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. https://web.archive.org/web/20090418072053/http://grenfell.history.users.btopenworld.com/Databases/ghtout/gp50.htm. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  4. ^

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    , 9 February 1900.
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    , 2 February 1900.
  6. ^ British Parliamentary Election Results 1918-1949, FWS Craig



Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Freeman Freeman-Thomas
Member of Parliament for Bodmin
January 1910December 1910
Succeeded by
Sir Reginald Pole-Carew
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