Charles Ward-Jackson

Major Charles Lionel Atkins Ward-Jackson (1869 – 28 April 1930) was a British Conservative Party politician.

Educated at Eton, Ward-Jackson served in the 3d Yorkshire Regiment from 1891, and was appointed a lieutenant in the Yorkshire Hussars (a Yeomanry regiment) on 26 May 1897. Following the outbreak of the Second Boer War in late 1899, he volunteered for active service and was seconded to the Imperial Yeomanry on 24 February 1900,[1] where he was appointed a lieutenant in the 66th Company of the 16th Battalion.[2] The company left for South Africa in the middle of March 1900.[3] He was twice mentioned in dispatches. He relinquished his commission in the Imperial Yeomanry in late August 1901, and was granted the honorary rank of captain in the army.[4] Following his return to the United Kingdom, he was on 21 May 1902 appointed captain in the Yorkshire Hussars.[5] He resigned in 1907, but was again active during the First World War and served with the Yorkshire Hussars in France.[6]

He contested Manchester South as a Unionist in January 1910, but failed to win the seat. In December 1918 he was elected as a coalition Conservative for Leominster, and held the seat until the 1922 election,[6] when he transferred to the Harrow constituency in London, running as the official Conservative candidate.[7] The former Conservative member, Oswald Mosley, ran as an Independent, and won the seat. During the campaign, Ward-Jackson denounced Mosley's criticisms of the actions of British forces in Ireland, and accused him of inciting Indian students in Cambridge University to revolt against the British Raj. Mosley sued, winning a retraction as well as his legal costs of £200.[8]


  1. ^ "No. 27171". The London Gazette. 6 March 1900. p. 1528.
  2. ^ "No. 27168". The London Gazette. 23 February 1900. p. 1256.
  3. ^ "The War - Embarcation of Troops". The Times (36089). London. 14 March 1900. p. 7.
  4. ^ "No. 27462". The London Gazette. 8 August 1902. p. 5098.
  5. ^ "No. 27435". The London Gazette. 20 May 1902. p. 3326.
  6. ^ a b Obituaries, "Major C. L. A. Ward-Jackson", The Times, 30 April 1930.
  7. ^ O"Harrow Division: Personalities in the Contest", The Times, 8 November 1922.
  8. ^ Nigel Jones, Mosley, (Haus Publishing, 2004), page 28.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
H. FitzHerbert Wright
Member of Parliament for Leominster
Succeeded by
Sir Ernest Shepperson