Malcolm Campbell-Johnston

Malcolm Campbell-Johnston (14 April 1871 – 12 March 1938) was a British barrister and Conservative Party politician.[1]

Malcolm Campbell-Johnston
Member of Parliament
for East Ham
In office
Preceded byAlfred Barnes
Succeeded byAlfred Barnes
Personal details
Born14 April 1871
Died12 March 1938 (aged 66)
Political partyConservative
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1914-1918
RankLieutenant Colonel
UnitYork and Lancaster Regiment

Born in Crowthorne, Berkshire, he was the son of Alexander Robert Campbell-Johnston and his wife Frances Ellen Bury Campbell-Johnston (née Paliser).[1] He was educated at Marlborough College and then studied law in California.[1] He returned to the United Kingdom where he was called to bar at the Inner Temple in 1893. He subsequently travelled to South Africa where he was admitted as a barrister in 1902. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1906.[1]

Campbell-Johnston became involved in Unionist politics, and stood unsuccessfully for parliament in the December 1910 general election as the Conservative candidate at Osgoldcross in the West Riding of Yorkshire.[1]

With the outbreak of the First World War, Campbell-Johnston obtained a commission in the 8th Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment.[1][2] In 1915 he was transferred to the General Staff as an Assistant Provost Marshal.[3] He later transferred to the Royal Sussex Regiment and served on the Western Front from 1915–1918.[1]

Following the war he attempted to gain election to the London County Council in 1919, standing as a member of the Conservative-backed Municipal Reform Party at Bow and Bromley without success.[4] Three years later he gained a place on the council, representing Balham and Tooting.[1][5] In the same year he married May Isabel Fisk, a New York author.[1][6]

In 1931 a National Government was formed, and in October of that year a general election was held. Campbell-Johnston was chosen by the Conservatives to attempt to win the seat of East Ham South from the Labour Party, who opposed the National Government.[7] He successfully unseated Alfred Barnes, the sitting MP.[1] He resigned his London County Council seat at the 1934 local elections.[8]

When the next general election was called in 1935, Campbell-Johnston failed to hold his East Ham seat in a straight fight against Barnes, the man he had defeated four years earlier.[9] In December 1935 he announced that he would not be standing for parliament again.[10]

In 1937 he returned to local government, winning election to the London County Council at Lewisham West.[11][12]

He died at his home in Marylebone, London in March 1938, aged 66.[13][14] He was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "CAMPBELL-JOHNSTON, Malcolm". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 5 September 2011.
  2. ^ "No. 29000". The London Gazette. 8 December 1914. p. 10449.
  3. ^ "No. 29466". The London Gazette. 4 February 1916. p. 1469.
  4. ^ "L.C.C. Elections. The Nominations. 196 Candidates". The Times. 27 February 1919. p. 8.
  5. ^ "Socialist Attack Repulsed. Parties In New L.C.C., Municipal Reform Success". The Times. 4 March 1922. p. 10.
  6. ^ "Marriages". The Times. 20 June 1922. p. 11.
  7. ^ "Big Mnjorities To Reverse East And West Ham Contests". The Times. 22 October 1931. p. 7.
  8. ^ "L.C.C. Election". The Times. 10 March 1934. p. 8.
  9. ^ "Labour And London. Efforts To Reverse Results Of 1931". The Times. 14 November 1935. p. 7.
  10. ^ "News in Brief". The Times. 30 December 1935. p. 14.
  11. ^ "L.C.C. Election Full List Of The Nominations, Fights In All Areas Except The City". The Times. 25 February 1937. p. 8.
  12. ^ "L.C.C. Election Results Declared Last Night, No Change In Parties". The Times. 25 March 1937. p. 16.
  13. ^ a b "Deaths". The Times. 14 March 1938. p. 1.
  14. ^ "Obituary: Captain Campbell-Johnston". The Times. 14 March 1938. p. 16.

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Alfred Barnes
Member of Parliament for East Ham South
Succeeded by
Alfred Barnes