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- 1903 - 1947
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In 1906 Croft unsuccessfully contested the parliamentary seat of Lincoln, but in 1910 he was elected Conservative MP for Christchurch [Hampshire], where he remained until 1918, when he became MP for Bournemouth, a seat which he held until 1940. Croft's various official positions included: Chairman of the Organisation Committee of the Tariff Reform League, 1913-17; member of the Speaker's Conference on the Franchise, 1918; Civil List Committee, 1936; Select Committee on the Speaker’s Seat, 1939; Committee of Privileges, 1939; Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for War, 1940-45. Croft also served as: Chairman of the Organisation Committee of the Tariff Reform League, 1913-17; Chairman of the Executive of the Empire Industries Association; Chancellor of the Primrose League, 1928-29 (and Grand Prior, 1946).
Croft also had a distinguished military career, as Colonel of the 1st Battalion Herts Regiment. He served in the First World War, 1914-16 (being awarded the CMG), and was promoted to temporary Brigadier-General in February 1916, before becoming Colonel and Hon. Brigadier-General in 1924, and retiring in the same year. He also served as a Military Member in the Hertfordshire Territorial Association, and was Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding of the 61st (WO) Battalion, County of London, in the Home Guard in 1943.
Croft became a baronet in 1924, then Baron Croft of Bournemouth in 1940. He died on 7 December 1947.
His publications include: "The Path of Empire" (1912); "Twenty-two Months under Fire" (1917; "My Life of Strife" (published after his death in 1949).
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