Wisbech MP Neil Primrose- killed in the Great War- remembered during moving service in Parliament today

Former Wisbech MP Neil James Archibald Primrose who was killed during the First World War

Former Wisbech MP Neil James Archibald Primrose who was killed during the First World War - Credit: Archant

Old Etonian and former Wisbech MP Neil Primrose –killed during the Great War- was remembered during a special service at Westminster Fallen MPs, including Capt Primrose, were remembered today by Parliamentarians from all parties.

Neil Primrose, who died in 1917 aged just 35, was among the 22 MPs who died during the Great War.

NE Cambs MP Steve Barclay was behind the service and said he “wanted to ensure that Parliament paid its respects to my predecessor, the Rt Hon Capt Neil Primrose, who was awarded the Military Cross and was killed in action in 1917.

“As Primrose had a two year old daughter at the time, a very similar age to my 20 month old son, I found reading about his sacrifice moving and felt it should not be forgotten.”

Speaker John Bercow, defence minister Mark Francois and the President of the British Legion, Vice Admiral Peter Wilkinson CB CVO joined parliamentarians in paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.


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A further 25 MPs died during active service in World War Two.

Neil Primrose was MP for Wisbech from 1910 to his death seven years later. He was the second son of Prime Minister Lord Rosebery and was a minister in both the Foreign Office and Treasury.

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He died from wounds received in action in Palestine 1917.

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