Andrew Gwynne MP attended a special service of remembrance today in the Chapel at the House of Commons to commemorate the 22 Members of Parliament who were killed on active service during the First World War.
Andrew particularly paid his respects to Captain the Honourable Oswald Cawley, who was elected to represent the South East Lancashire, Prestwich Constituency – which then included Audenshaw, which is now in the Constituency of Denton and Reddish – shortly before he was killed in action near Merville in northern France in 1918.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“On the 100th Anniversary of the Great War, I am honoured to be able join in this service to remember those Members of Parliament who gave their lives during this first global conflict.
“My thoughts go in particular to Captain Cawley, whose seat included a part of the area I now represent, and who was just 35 years old when he died.”
Captain Cawley served with the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry and had been elected to succeed his father, Frederick Cawley, to the Prestwich seat shortly before his death.
In addition to Oswald, Frederick Cawley lost two other sons in the war and he went on to endow a ward at Ancoats Hospital in their memory.