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Lieutenant-Colonel Anthony John Muirhead MC & Bar TD (4 November 1890 – 29 October 1939) was a Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom. He was elected at the 1929 general election as Member of Parliament (MP) for Wells in Somerset, and held the seat until his death in 1939, aged 48.

Anthony Muirhead

Member of the United Kingdom Parliament
for Wells
In office
Preceded byRobert Sanders
Succeeded byDennis Boles
Under-Secretary of State for Air
In office
Preceded byPhilip Sassoon
Succeeded byHarold Balfour
Personal details
Born(1890-11-04)4 November 1890
Died29 October 1939(1939-10-29) (aged 48)
Cause of deathSuicide
Resting placeGreat Haseley, Oxfordshire, England
Political partyConservative
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
AwardsMilitary Cross (1917)

Muirhead served in the Queen's Own Oxfordshire Hussars in the First World War, reaching the rank of captain, being awarded the Military Cross in 1917 and a Bar while serving as Brigade Major of the 119th Infantry Brigade at Armentières in the closing days of the war in 1918. He was promoted to Brevet Major in 1919.[citation needed]

In 1924 he transferred to the 100th (Worcestershire and Oxfordshire Yeomanry) Field Brigade, Royal Field Artillery (Territorial Army) and was granted the full rank of major. In 1933 he was promoted brevet lieutenant-colonel. In 1936 he was promoted to full lieutenant-colonel commanding the brigade. In 1939, he transferred to the 53rd Anti-Tank Regiment.[citation needed]

In the National Government of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he held junior ministerial office as Under-Secretary of State for Air from 1937 to 1938, and as Parliamentary Under-Secretary for India and Burma from 1938 to 1939.



Muirhead committed suicide in 1939, purportedly out of fear that his leg injury would prevent him from seeing active service during the Second World War. He was buried in the churchyard at Great Haseley, Oxfordshire.[1]


  1. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record.


  • Craig, F. W. S. (1983) [1969]. British parliamentary election results 1918-1949 (3rd ed.). Chichester: Parliamentary Research Services. ISBN 0-900178-06-X.
  • Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Sir Robert Sanders, Bt.
Member of Parliament for Wells
Succeeded by
Dennis Boles
Political offices
Preceded by
Sir Philip Sassoon
Under-Secretary of State for Air
Succeeded by
Harold Balfour
Preceded by
Lord Stanley
Parliamentary Under-Secretary for India and Burma
Succeeded by
Hugh O'Neill