Francis McLaren

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Francis McLaren

The Honourable Francis Walter Stafford McLaren (16 June 1886 – 30 August 1917) was a British Member of Parliament killed in World War I.

Career

A younger son of Charles McLaren, 1st Baron Aberconway, he attended Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. Entering politics, he was elected as Liberal Member of Parliament (MP) for Spalding in January 1910. Between 1910 and 1915, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Colonies, Lewis Vernon Harcourt. In 1916, he joined the Royal Flying Corps as a Second Lieutenant, and was subsequently killed in a flying accident in 1917.[1]

Family

On 20 July 1911, he married Barbara Jekyll, daughter of Colonel Sir Herbert Jekyll (KCMG); they had two children:

  • Guy Lewis Ian McLaren (8 November 1915 – 18 August 1978), married Maryse Jubin and had issue

Death

McLaren died on 30 August 1917, following a flying accident during training at RAF Montrose and is buried in Busbridge churchyard, Surrey. His widow later married Bernard Freyberg.

References

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Horace Mansfield
Member of Parliament for Spalding
19101917
Succeeded by
Arthur George Villiers Peel