John Whiteley (politician)

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Brigadier John Percival Whiteley OBE (7 January 1898 – 4 July 1943)[1] was a British Army officer and a Conservative Party politician.

Whiteley was commissioned into the Royal Artillery during the First World War, ending the war as a Lieutenant. In 1926 he transferred to the Life Guards, retiring in 1928 and joining the 99th (Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Yeomanry) Field Brigade, Royal Artillery (Territorial Army) as a Captain. He was promoted Major in 1932.

He stood unsuccessfully at the 1929 general election in Birmingham Aston,[2] and entered the House of Commons 8 years later when he was elected as Member of Parliament (MP) for Buckingham at a by-election in 1937, after the sitting MP George Bowyer was elevated to the peerage as Baron Denham.[3]

When World War II broke out, Whiteley resumed military service.[4] He was active at Dunkirk,[4] and died in 1943, aged 45, when he was killed in a plane crash in Gibraltar, along with the Conservative MP Victor Cazalet and General Władysław Sikorski, the leader of the Polish government-in-exile.[4]


  1. Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "B" (part 6)[self-published source][better source needed]
  2. Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918–1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. p. 80. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Craig, page 296
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Obituaries: Br. J. P. Whiteley, M.P.". The Times. 7 July 1943. p. 7. |access-date= requires |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
George Bowyer
Member of Parliament for Buckingham
Succeeded by
Lionel Berry