September 30th Thomas Agar - Robartes (Death)

<Thomas (Tommy), Charles Reginald Agar-Robartes, 6th Viscount Clifden, (1880 – 1915), a member of the Lanhydrock Robartes family and  a Liberal politician.

Educated at Oxford, he was elected Member of Parliament for Bodmin (1906) but lost his seat following a petition by the defeated candidate alleging illegal payments to potential voters.  

In 1908, he was elected to represent St. Austell, a seat he held until his death. 

At the outbreak of the First World War, he was commissioned into the Royal Buckinghamshire Hussars and then, transferring to the Coldstream Guards, he served in France and Flanders.

He was killed by a sniper on this day in 1915 whilst rescuing a wounded comrade under heavy fire for which action he was recommended for the Victoria Cross.

He is commemorated with a marble bust in Truro Cathedral and in stained glass windows at St. Hydroc Church (Lanhydrock), Selsey Abbey and at Church Norton. One of twenty-two Members of Parliament killed in the War his name is recorded on the Parliamentary War Memorial in Westminster Hall.
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