Oswald Cawley

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Oswald Cawley (7 October 1882 – 22 August 1918),[1] styled The Honourable from January 1918, was a British soldier and Liberal Party politician.

He was the fourth and youngest son of Frederick Cawley, 1st Baron Cawley and his wife Elizabeth Smith, daughter of John Smith.[2] His older brother was Harold Thomas Cawley.[2] Cawley was educated at Rugby School and New College, Oxford, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts.[3] He served as lieutenant of the Shropshire Yeomanry[3] and became a captain of the King's Shropshire Light Infantry.[4] He fought in the First World War, where he was killed in action near Merville.[5]

Shortly before his death in 1918, Cawley had been elected in a by-election in January to succeed his father as Member of Parliament (MP) for Prestwich.[1]

It was in memory of Oswald and two other sons - Harold and John - who died in the war that their father endowed a ward at Ancoats Hospital, Manchester, in 1919 at a cost of £10,000.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Leigh Rayment - British House of Commons, Prestwich". Retrieved 24 June 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ThePeerage - Captain Hon. Oswald Cawley". Retrieved 12 December 2006.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Debrett, John (1918). Arthur G. M. Hesilrige (ed.). Debrett's House of Commons and Judicial Bench. London: Dean & Son. p. 30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30972. p. 12591. 22 October 1918. Retrieved 24 June 2009.
  5. "Commonwealth War Greaves Commission - Entry Oswald Cawley". Retrieved 24 June 2009.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Brockbank, E. M., ed. (1929). The Book of Manchester and Salford Written for the 97th Annual Meeting of the British Medical Association. Manchester: George Falkner. pp. 126–27.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Frederick Cawley
Member of Parliament for Prestwich
January 1918 – October 1918
Succeeded by
Austin Hopkinson