Bertie Leighton

Major Bertie Edward Parker Leighton (26 November 1875 15 February 1952)[1] was an English Conservative Party politician, British Army officer and landowner.

He was son of Stanley Leighton, who was himself a Member of Parliament and from whom he inherited the Sweeney Hall estate in 1901, and his wife Jessie Williams-Wynn. He was educated at Eton College and the Royal Military College, Sandhurst.[2]

Leighton was commissioned in 1895[3] as an officer in the 1st (Royal) Dragoons, being promoted Captain in 1901 and Major in 1914.[2] He served with them through the Boer War of 1899-1902, taking part in operations in Natal, Transvaal and the Orange River Colony,[3] and in the First World War in Europe when he was severely wounded.[2] He was also attached to the Shropshire Yeomanry when he served as its adjutant from 1908 to 1911.[2]

Leighton became a Justice of the Peace for Shropshire in 1908 and Deputy Lieutenant of the same country in 1916.[4]

He sat in the House of Commons from 1929 until retiring before the 1945 general election as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Oswestry in Shropshire.

He married in 1936 Margaret Evelyn, daughter of the Reverend Hugh Hanmer, of The Mount, Oswestry,[2] but was childless when he died in 1952 aged 76.


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "O" (part 1)
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Who's Who, 1945. A and C Black. p. 1610.
  3. 1 2 Mate, Charles H. (1907). Shropshire, Historical, Descriptive, Biographical; Volume II. p. 46.
  4. Kelly's Handbook, 1951. Kelly's. p. 1265.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Bridgeman
Member of Parliament for Oswestry
1929 1945
Succeeded by
Oliver Poole

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