PAR­LIA­MEN­TARY AR­CHIVES

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Jodie Kidd’s jour­ney in­cluded re­search into her great grand­fa­ther, Sir Row­land Fred­er­ick Hodge. He was a ship­builder, who had his own com­pany, but suf­fered dis­grace af­ter be­ing con­victed of food hoard­ing in 1918. None­the­less, he was awarded a baronetcy in 1921, de­spite the con­vic­tion, and Jodie went to the Par­lia­men­tary ar­chives to find out how and why. Th­ese are on­line at

The ar­chives con­tain doc­u­ments re­lat­ing not just to political his­tory, but also a great deal of per­sonal cor­re­spon­dence be­tween political fig­ures. Jodie was able to find let­ters about her great grand­fa­ther among the pa­pers of David Lloyd Ge­orge that were not al­to­gether flat­ter­ing!

The first was from the King’s pri­vate sec­re­tary com­plain­ing that a baronetcy was awarded to some­one with such a past. The se­cond one was from Win­ston Churchill, dated 1918 (be­fore Sir Row­land’s con­vic­tion), warn­ing Lloyd Ge­orge that he had been of­fered a bribe in re­turn for award­ing “a cer­tain Hodge” a baronetcy. How­ever, Lloyd Ge­orge did not lis­ten and awarded it any­way. This was one of many bribes Lloyd Ge­orge’s Lib­eral Party had ac­cepted. It was this cor­rup­tion that led to the col­lapse of the coali­tion with the Con­ser­va­tives in 1922.

www.par­lia­ment.uk/ busi­ness/pub­li­ca­tions/ par­lia­men­tary-ar­chives.

Oswald’s Mer­chant Navy record, in­clud­ing a youth­ful pho­to­graph

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