Lt.-Col. Albert Buckley CBE DSO* JP (10 April 1877 – 13 November 1965) was a British Conservative politician and businessman.[1]

Albert Buckley
Member of Parliament
for Waterloo
In office
Preceded byNew constituency
Succeeded byHarold Malcolm Bullock
Junior Lord of the Treasury
In office
Serving with
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Secretary for Overseas Trade
In office
Preceded bySir William Joynson-Hicks
Succeeded byVacant
Personal details
Born(1877-04-10)10 April 1877
Great Crosby, Lancashire, England
Died13 November 1965(1965-11-13) (aged 88)
Hoylake, Cheshire, England
Political partyConservative

Early life and education edit

Buckley was born in Great Crosby, Lancashire, the son of wool broker William Buckley and Mary Hannah Buckley.[2] His father was a nephew of Edmund Buckley and became a partner in his firm.[3] He was educated at Merchant Taylors' Boys' School, Crosby and Aldenham School.[1]

War service edit

In the Boer War, he was awarded the Queen's Medal with three clasps. During the First World War, he commanded the 5th Battalion of the King's Liverpool Regiment. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and Bar and wounded.[1]

Career edit

Buckley entered Parliament for Waterloo in the 1918 general election. He held office under Bonar Law as a Junior Lord of the Treasury from 1922 to 1923 and under Bonar Law and later Stanley Baldwin as Secretary for Overseas Trade from March to November 1923. However, as a proponent of Free Trade, Buckley was in disagreement with Baldwin, and his local party withheld its support of him as a prospective candidate.[4] He retired from politics at the 1923 general election and never returned to the House of Commons.

A wool broker by trade, Buckley was a partner in the family firm of Edmund Buckley & Co. He was also chairman and later president of Morris and Jones, Ltd., wholesale grocers in Liverpool. He was chairman of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce from 1924 to 1928 and served on the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board from 1928 to 1951. He was a magistrate for the city of Liverpool.[1]

From 1931 to 1948, he led the savings movement in Liverpool. He was chairman of the Liverpool Savings Committee from 1931 until its 1942 amalgamation with the Liverpool War Bond Committee, at which point he was appointed chairman of the new body, the Liverpool National Savings Committee.[1] He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1946 Birthday Honours for his work in the savings movement.[5]

Buckley was also chairman of the Liverpool Overhead Railway, the Liverpool Gas Company, the Birkenhead Brewery Company, Ltd., and the Bury Felt Manufacturing Company.[1] He was chairman of Lloyd's Bank North-West Committee from 1957 to 1959.[6]

Personal life edit

Buckley married Elsie Juanita Fisher in 1919.[7] They had three sons and two daughters. He died in November 1965, aged 88, at his home in Hoylake, Cheshire.[1]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Death of Former Waterloo Division M.P. at His Hoylake Home". Liverpool Echo. 15 November 1965. p. 7. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  2. ^ 1901 England Census
  3. ^ Liverpool Commercial List. Estell & Company. 1871. p. 2. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  4. ^ The Times, Tuesday, 20 November 1923, page 14
  5. ^ "No. 37598". The London Gazette (Supplement). 4 June 1946. p. 2784.
  6. ^ "New Chairman". Liverpool Echo. 3 July 1959. p. 13. Retrieved 27 February 2019.
  7. ^ England & Wales, Marriage Index: 1916-2005

External links edit

Parliament of the United Kingdom
New constituency Member of Parliament for Waterloo
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by Junior Lord of the Treasury
With: Douglas King 1922–1923
George Hennessy 1922–1923
Frederick Thomson 1923
Succeeded by
Preceded by Secretary for Overseas Trade