William Rupert Rees-Davies
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William Rupert Rees-Davies

Rees-Davies as a member of the Eton cricket team

William Rupert Rees-Davies QC (19 November 1916 - 12 January 1992) was a British Conservative politician.

Early life

Rees-Davies was the son of Sir William Rees-Davies, Chief Justice of Hong Kong. He was born in Hong Kong while his father was serving as Chief Justice. His grandfather was William Davies, Liberal MP for Pembrokeshire[1]

He was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a cricket blue.[2] He also played for the Kent Second XI. He was a right-arm fast-medium bowler.[3]

Non-political career

He was a barrister, called to the bar by Inner Temple in 1939. He was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1973.[4] He was commissioned in the Welsh Guards in 1939 and served until 1943 when he lost his right arm on service during World War II.[5] Because he had lost his arm, he was some time referred to as the "one armed bandit".[6]

Political career

Rees-Davies is re-elected MP for the Isle of Thanet Constituency with 33,434 votes. The results were declared outside Granville House, Ramsgate. Photographed by Eric Easton, 18 June 1970.

Rees-Davies contested Nottingham South in 1950 and 1951. He was Member of Parliament for the Isle of Thanet from a 1953 by-election to 1974, then for Thanet West from 1974 to 1983 when his seat was abolished in boundary changes.[7]

References

  1. ^ Obituary of William Rees Davies, The Daily Telegraph, 14 January 1992
  2. ^ Obituary of William Rees Davies, The Daily Telegraph, 14 January 1992
  3. ^ Cricinfo records for Rees Davies
  4. ^ https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/45967/page/5543/data.pdf
  5. ^ Obituary of William Rees Davies, The Daily Telegraph, 14 January 1992
  6. ^ https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/judges-at-wits-end/41180.article
  7. ^ Obituary of William Rees Davies, The Daily Telegraph, 14 January 1992

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