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The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Margaret Patricia HORNSBY-SMITH, DBE, PC

Female 1914 - 1985  (71 years)

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  • Name Margaret Patricia HORNSBY-SMITH 
    Prefix The Rt. Hon. The Baroness 
    Suffix DBE, PC 
    Born 17 Mar 1914  East Sheen, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    _UID 638279CD2E4B4958932F6C4601DC4360396D 
    Died 3 Jul 1985  Westminster, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Massachusetts, Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820-1963 at shows that Margaret arrived at Boston Massachusetts on a BOAC flight from London on 24 May 1962. Her London address than was 31 Stafford Mansions, Stafford Place, SW1.

      The following details are taken from Wikipedia:
      Margaret Patricia Hornsby-Smith was born 17 March 1914 in East Sheen, the second child and only daughter of shopkeeper Frederick Charles Hornsby-Smith, a saddle dealer and master umbrella maker, and his wife, Ellen (née Minter). She was educated at the local elementary school, and at Richmond County School for Girls. After leaving school she worked as a private secretary for several firms and for an employers' federation. Her interest in politics was established early and she joined the Junior Imperial League at the age of sixteen. The following year she was invited to join the Conservative Party’s supporting team of speakers for the 1931 election campaign.

      During the war she undertook voluntary work. In 1941 she took a job in the civil service as Principal Private Secretary to Lord Selborne, the minister of economic warfare, a post she held until the end of the war.

      [Margaret's] political career took off after the war. She was elected for a term on Barnes council where she served from 1945 – 1949. At the 1950 general election, she was elected as Member of Parliament for Chislehurst, winning a majority of only 167 votes over the sitting Labour MP, George Wallace.

      She was re-elected at the next four general elections (1951, 1955, 1959, 1964), served as Parliamentary Secretary 1951 – 1957 and was made a Privy Counsellor in 1959.

      In 1964 she presented the Nurses Act to Parliament. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in September 1961.

      At the 1966 election, she lost her seat to Labour's Alistair Macdonald, by a majority of only 810. Four years later, at the 1970 election, she regained the seat with a majority of 3363.

      Constituency boundary changes implemented in the February 1974 general election encouraged Hornsby-Smith to allow Roger Sims to stand for Chislehurst, and to compete instead for the new constituency of Sidcup. However, Edward Heath also selected to run for Sidcup so Hornsby-Smith stood in another new seat; Aldridge-Brownhills. She lost to the Labour candidate Geoffrey Edge by just 366 votes.

      Hornsby-Smith was subsequently elevated to a life peerage on 13 May 1974 as Baroness Hornsby-Smith, of Chislehurst in the County of Kent.

      From All England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966, 1973-1995:
      SMITH, baron's the rt hon Margaret Patricia HORNSBY- of 31 Stafford Mansions Stafford Pl London SW1 died 3 Jul 1985 Probate London 15 October £63037.
    Person ID I4827  Suffolk Unknown, Suffolk
    Last Modified 13 Feb 2018 

    Father Frederick Charles Hornsby SMITH,   b. 4 Dec 1881, Hammersmith, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Dec 1944, Putney Hospital, Putney, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Ellen Florence Minter,   b. 15 Jan 1880, Chelsea, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Mar 1947, Surrey N E RD Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years) 
    Married 14 Dec 1903  All Saints Church, Fulham, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Married after banns. Frederick Charles Hornsby Smith, bachelor, umbrella maker of 27 Sheen Gate ----, Richmond, father William R Smith, clerk. Ellen Florence Minter, 23, spinster of same address, father George Minter dec'd, labourer. Both signed full names. Witnesses Ernest Herbert Neal and William Thomas Missent(?).
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Margaret Patricia Hornsby-Smith DBE, PC 1914 - 1985
    The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Margaret Patricia Hornsby-Smith DBE, PC 1914 - 1985
    Monochrome portrait of Patricia Hornsby-Smith MP from 1960

  • Sources 
    1. [S2] BMD index, Q2 1914 Richmond Surrey 2a/1027. (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S14] 1939 Register at

    3. [S2] BMD index, Jul 1985 Westminster 15/1451. (Reliability: 3).

    4. [S18] Wikipedia, Feb 2018.

    5. [S5] London Metropolitan Arcives at, January 2010 and later, Q4 1903 Fulham 1a/450. (Reliability: 3).