Sir Sydney Frank Markham (19 October 1897 – 13 October 1975) was a British politician who represented three constituencies, each on behalf of a different party, in Parliament.

Sydney Frank Markham
Frank Markham in April 1948
Member of Parliament
for Buckingham
In office
15 October 1951 – 25 September 1964
Preceded byAidan Crawley
Succeeded byRobert Maxwell
Member of Parliament
for Nottingham South
In office
14 November 1935 – 15 June 1945
Preceded byHolford Knight
Succeeded byNorman Smith
Member of Parliament
for Chatham
In office
30 May 1929 – 7 October 1931
Preceded byJohn Moore-Brabazon
Succeeded byPark Goff
Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
In office
Prime MinisterRamsay McDonald
Preceded byRobert Morrison
Succeeded byJohn Worthington & Ralph Glyn
Personal details
Sydney Frank Markham

(1897-10-19)19 October 1897
Stony Stratford
Died13 October 1975(1975-10-13) (aged 77)
Political partyConservative
Other political
National Labour
Alma materWadham College, Oxford
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of serviceuntil 1921
Battles/warsFirst World War

Born in Stony Stratford, he left school at the age of fourteen. Following service in France, Greece and Mesopotamia during the First World War, he was awarded a commission, and left the Army in 1921. He studied at Wadham College, Oxford and then became an assistant to Sir Sidney Lee with his work on Shakespeare. He later became Secretary, then President, of the Museums Association.[1]

Having fought Guildford for Labour in 1924, he was elected for that party at the 1929 general election as MP for Chatham, and defected with Ramsay MacDonald to become a National Labour MP just before standing down at the 1931 general election. It was under these colours that he was elected for Nottingham South in 1935. He lost this seat standing as a 'National Independent' in the 1945 general election, following the official dissolution of National Labour.

At the 1950 general election, he stood as the Conservative candidate in the Buckingham constituency, but failed to unseat the sitting Labour Member of Parliament, Aidan Crawley. However, at the 1951 general election, he beat Crawley by a majority of only 54 votes. He held the seat with narrow majorities at the 1955 election and at the 1959 election and stood down before the 1964 general election.

He was conferred the honour of Knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II on 30 June 1953 in the 1953 Coronation Honours.[2]

He was a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Meteorological Society and the Royal Geographical Society.

In retirement, he was best noted for his A History of Milton Keynes and District (two volumes) ISBN 0-900804-29-7 (see History of Milton Keynes). A secondary school in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - now replaced - was named after him. He is buried in Calverton Road cemetery, Stony Stratford in Milton Keynes, along with his wife Frances.


  1. ^ Taylor, John (n.d.). "Sir Frank Markham". Milton Keynes Heritage Association.
  2. ^ "Whitehall, July 1, 1953" (PDF). London Gazette: 3676. 3 July 1953.
Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Chatham
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Nottingham South
Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of Parliament for Buckingham
Succeeded by
Government offices
Preceded by Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Prime Minister
serving alongside John Worthington and Ralph Glyn
Succeeded by