David Gammans

Sir Leonard David Gammans, 1st Baronet (10 November 1895 – 8 February 1957), known as David Gammans, was a British Conservative Party politician.

Sir David Gammans
Member of Parliament
for Hornsey
In office
28 May 1941 – 8 February 1957
Preceded byEuan Wallace
Succeeded byMuriel Gammans
Personal details
Leonard David Gammans

(1895-11-10)10 November 1895
Died8 February 1957(1957-02-08) (aged 61)
Political partyConservative
(m. 1917)
Alma materPortsmouth Grammar School

Gammans was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School.[1] He served with the Royal Field Artillery 1914–1918. He was in the Colonial Service in Malaya, 1920-1934 and attached to the British Embassy in Tokyo, 1926–1928. In 1930 he toured in India, Europe and America and, on retiring from the Colonial Service, lectured in the US and Canada. he was Director and Secretary of the Land Settlement Association, 1934–1939.[2]

He was first elected to Parliament at a by-election in 1941, following the death of the Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for Hornsey, Euan Wallace.[3] Gammans held the North London seat until his own death in 1957, aged 61. The resulting 1957 Hornsey by-election was won for the Conservatives by his wife Muriel, known as Lady Gammans.[4]

In Winston Churchill's 1951–55 government, he served as Assistant Postmaster-General, under Earl De La Warr.[5]

In 1952 there was "public outrage" that the Post Office cats had not had a pay rise since 1873, and the next year there was a question in the House of Commons, and Gammans was asked, "when the allowance payable for the maintenance of cats in his department was last raised?"

Gammans replied, "There is, I am afraid, a certain amount of industrial chaos in The Post Office cat world. Allowances vary in different places, possibly according to the alleged efficiency of the animals and other factors. It has proved impossible to organise any scheme for payment by results or output bonus ... there has been a general wage freeze since July 1918, but there have been no complaints!"[6]

Gammans was made a baronet, of Hornsey in the County of Middlesex on 24 January 1956.[7] The baronetcy became extinct on his death.


  1. ^ "Gammans, Sir (Leonard) David". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "GAMMANS, DAVID (SIR) | London Metropolitan Archives".
  3. ^ Craig, F.W.S., ed. (1969). British parliamentary election results 1918-1949. Glasgow: Political Reference Publications. p. 148. ISBN 0-900178-01-9.
  4. ^ "1957 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 29 March 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  5. ^ The Times' Guide to the House of Commons. 1955.
  6. ^ "#MuseumCats Day: "Industrial chaos in the Post Office cat world'". The British Postal Museum & Archive blog. 30 July 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2017.
  7. ^ "No. 40695". The London Gazette. 27 January 1956. p. 566.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Hornsey
Succeeded by
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Hornsey)