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Walter Robert Dempster Perkins

MP for Stroud 1931 to 1945 and 1950-1955  Known as Robert Perkins

Knighted for political and public services New Year Honours list 1954

Times 27 February 1952 Announced Intention not to contest next election

Times Report of 1950 Election Result Feb 27 1950

"Mr W R D Perkins sat for the old Stroud division until his defeat in 1945. He was first parlimentary Secretary to the Ministry of Civil Aviation during the war, and before that he served in the R A F He was educated at Cambridge. He is chairman of Southern Newspapers Limited. He founded the British Airline Pilots Association and is chairman of the county Air Training Corps committee."

Times 27 February 1952 Announced Intention not to contest next election

September 18 1944 Times announcement of marriage of W R D Perkins of Rookwoods Farm, Oakridge, Gloucestershire, eldest son of Mr and Mrs W Frank Perkins of Boldre, Hampshire and Patricia Moira widow of Air Commodore Sir Nigel Norman of Clifferdine House, Rendcomb, Gloucesteshire and eldest daughter of the late Lt-col J H A Annesley and Mrs Annersley

Visited Australia and New Zealand as part of Empire Parliamentary Association visit during 1944 described as Flight Lieutenant. Aug 22 1944

During Second World War formed an informal committee of Tory MPs working on Air Transport policy for post war. Times  times Aug 6 1943 and Jan 3 1944 argued for international convention

Times July 22 1939 One hundred private aeroplanes will leave Britain to-morrow for the annual rally of the Royal Aero Club at Deauville, where pilots and their passengers will be the guests of the Deauville Aero Club at a dinner dance. Among those taking part in the rally are ... Mr W R D Perkins M P ( D H Hornet). Presume this means that Perkins owned a pre war Hornet (not to be confused with the wartime Hornet).  Further info o nthe plan can be found at wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/De_Havilland_Hornet_Moth

June 8 1939 Times report of visit to General Aircraft Company at Hanworth Aerodrome by Parlimentary Air Committee. lists Perkins at member of group.

One or two reports appear in Times of being part of Commons and Lords Cricket team

Times Report FEb 9 1935  on christening of John Leslie Boyce (son of Mr [later Sir] Harold Leslie Boyce MP for Gloucester and Mrs Leslie Boyce) lists Robert Perkins as godparent

Reported in Times of May 13 1931 as son of Mr Perkins MP for New Forest and Christchurch for 10 years and nephew of Sir Edwin Perkins a former MP for Southhampton

Times Tuesday Dec 17 1929

Probable By-Election At Stroud

Our Stroud correspondent telegraphs: I understand that it is likely that Sir Frank Nelson, M.P. For Stroud, will resign shortly. MR W R D Perkins who has been chosen by the executive committee of the Stroud Conservative Association for recommendaiton as prospective candidate is 26 years old. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge and took the MA degree this year. An engineer, he is a director of Messrs Roy Dempster., Manchester, and is on the board of the Longloan Iron and Chemical Company Coatbridge, and Messrs Cookey and Sons, Frome.

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