Gilbert Campion, 1st Baron Campion

Gilbert Francis Montriou Campion, 1st Baron Campion GCB (11 May 1882 – 6 April 1958), known as Sir Gilbert Campion between 1937 and 1950, was a British civil servant. He served as Clerk of the House of Commons from 1937 to 1948.

Background and educationEdit

Campion was the son of John Montriou Campion. He was educated at Bedford School and at Hertford College, Oxford.[1]


Campion fought in the First World War as a captain in the Royal Army Service Corps.

On 4 April 1921 he was appointed the Second Clerk Assistant of the House of Commons[2] and was promoted to be Clerk Assistant on 28 October 1930,[3][4] a post he held until 1937.[1] In the 1932 New Year Honours, he was appointed to the Order of the Bath as a Companion (CB).[5][6] On 31 July 1937 Campion was promoted to be the Under Clerk of the Parliaments.[7] He was the editor of the 14th and 15th editions of Erskine May: Parliamentary Practice.[1] Campion was appointed a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1938 New Year Honours (KCB)[8][9]

He was appointed to be a Knight Grand Cross (GCB) in the 1948 Birthday Honours[10] and retired that year as Under Clerk of the Parliaments, when he was replaced by Frederic Metcalfe CB.[11] In the 1950 Birthday Honours, his barony for "public services" was announced[12] and he was raised to the peerage as Baron Campion, of Bowes in the County of Surrey.[13]


Campion married Hilda Mary, daughter of W. A. Spafford, in 1920. They had no children. He died in April 1958, aged 75, when the barony became extinct.[1]


Coat of arms of Gilbert Campion, 1st Baron Campion
Issuant from a crest coronet Or a talbot’s head Sable charged on the neck with a chevron cottised Gold.
Argent a chevron cottised between three talbots' heads erased Sable.
Dexter a lion Azure charged on the shoulder with a portcullis chained Or; sinister a lion Gules charged on the shoulder with a lotus flower also Or.[14]
Order of the Bath (not pictured)


  1. ^ a b c d "Gilbert Francis Montriou Campion, 1st and last Baron Campion". The Peerage. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  2. ^ "No. 13695". The Edinburgh Gazette. 8 April 1921. p. 557.
  3. ^ "No. 33657". The London Gazette. 31 October 1930. p. 6739.
  4. ^ "No. 14701". The Edinburgh Gazette. 4 November 1930. p. 1178.
  5. ^ "No. 33785". The London Gazette (Supplement). 1 January 1932. p. 4.
  6. ^ "No. 14823". The Edinburgh Gazette. 5 January 1932. p. 12.
  7. ^ "No. 34423". The London Gazette. 3 August 1937. p. 4951.
  8. ^ "No. 34469". The London Gazette. 1 January 1938. p. 4.
  9. ^ "No. 15455". The Edinburgh Gazette. 7 January 1938. p. 17.
  10. ^ "No. 38311". The London Gazette. 4 June 1948. p. 3367.
  11. ^ "No. 38371". The London Gazette. 3 August 1948. p. 4356.
  12. ^ "No. 38929". The London Gazette (Supplement). 2 June 1950. p. 2775.
  13. ^ "No. 38968". The London Gazette. 14 July 1950. p. 3622.
  14. ^ Burke's Peerage. 1956.
Government offices
Preceded by
Sir Horace Dawkins
Clerk of the House of Commons
Succeeded by
Sir Frederic Metcalfe
Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Campion

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