George Charles Grey
|Born||2 December 1918|
|Died||30 July 1944 (aged 25)|
Normandy, German-occupied France
Le Repas( )
|Years of service||1938–1944|
|Unit||4th Battalion, Grenadier Guards|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
George Charles Grey (2 December 1918 – 30 July 1944) was Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency in England from August 1941 until his death in action in July 1944.
George Charles Grey was the son of Major-General Wulff Henry Grey CB, CMG of the Royal Engineers and Alix Grey. His education took in Durnford School at Langton Matravers, Winchester College and, following a year at Berlin University, to Hertford College, Oxford.
From the 1931 election, when Grey braved public opinion at his private school by flaunting the Liberal colours, he was a devoted and unswervingly faithful adherent of the Liberal Party. He stood unopposed in a by-election triggered by Sir Hugh Michael Seely being elevated to the peerage. He was sworn in at the House of Commons on 9 September 1941. Grey made his maiden speech there on 17 December 1941 in a debate on 'service pay and dependants' allowances'. He closed his speech with these words -
So I would beg most sincerely that the Government should consider this last point and what should be done for the Forces after the war. If they decide it now and arrange this method, it will help morale considerably, and make soldiers realise that provision is being made not only to win the war but to help them win their peace.— Captain George Charles Grey, Hansard, 17 December 1941
Between his election and his death, he was the youngest member of the House of Commons, having been elected at the age of 22. Not only was he youngest member of that Parliament, he was the youngest MP of the 20th Century.
I regret to have to inform the House of the death, in action, of Captain George Charles Grey, Member for the County of Northumberland (Berwick-upon-Tweed Division), and I desire on behalf of the House to express our sense of the loss we have sustained and our sympathy with the relatives of the honourable Member.— Douglas Clifton Brown, Hansard, 26 September 1944
He was buried on the battlefield by his men, on the site of which his family later erected a memorial. The residents of Le Repas and Captain Grey's family were 'emphatic in their desire' for the grave to remain in place. The stone for the cross came from the Houses of Parliament in London. The site is now recognised as a war grave, designated the Livry (Le Repas) Isolated Grave.
- "News in Brief". The Times (49008). 19 August 1941. p. 2.
- "Casualty". cwgc.org. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Grey, George Charles : Winchester College at War". winchestercollegeatwar.com. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Deaths". The Times (49931). 10 August 1944. p. 7.
- The Times obit 1944
- "NEW MEMBER SWORN. (Hansard, 9 September 1941)". api.parliament.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "SERVICE PAY AND DEPENDANTS' ALLOWANCES. (Hansard, 17 December 1941)". api.parliament.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Member elected to serve in the present Parliament". The London Gazette (36757). 20 October 1944. p. 4817.
- "DEATH OF A MEMBER (Hansard, 26 September 1944)". api.parliament.uk. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Supplementary Reserve of Officers". The London Gazette (34584). p. 8307.
- "Cemetery". cwgc.org. Retrieved 5 July 2018.
- "Court Circular". The Times (49963). 23 September 1944. p. 7.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by George Charles Grey
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
Sir Hugh Michael Seely
| MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed
| Baby of the House