The Lord Somerleyton
November 1902 - 4 December 1905
|The Duke of Marlborough|
|Born||14 June 1857|
|Died||25 February 1935(aged 77)|
|Political party||Liberal Unionist|
|Spouse(s)||Phyllis de Bathe |
Savile Brinton Crossley, 1st Baron Somerleyton (14 June 1857 - 25 February 1935), known as Sir Savile Crossley, Bt, from 1872 to 1916, was a British Liberal Unionist politician who served as Paymaster General from 1902 to 1905.
In 1897 Crossley stood as a Liberal Unionist in a by-election for Halifax. He failed that time but stood again in Halifax in the 1900 general election and won the seat. He was appointed High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1896-97.
Crossley was involved in work regarding the National Coronation gift from the people to their new monarch King Edward VII, and was present as it was awarded to the King two days after the coronation, on 11 August 1902. For his service, he was invested as a Member (fourth class) of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO).
In November 1902 he was appointed Paymaster General in the Conservative government of Arthur Balfour, and was admitted to the Privy Council in December of the same year. He remained in this post until the government fell in December 1905, and he lost his seat in the 1906 general election that followed shortly after. Crossley was never to re-enter the House of Commons.
However, in 1916 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Somerleyton, of Somerleyton in the County of Suffolk. Two years later he was appointed a Lord-in-waiting (government whip) in the coalition government of David Lloyd George. The coalition fell in 1922, but Somerleyton remained as a whip also in the Conservative administrations of Bonar Law and Stanley Baldwin. However, after the first Baldwin government fell in 1924, he was never to hold ministerial office again.
Crossley held the appointment of honorary major in the Army. He was on 2 April 1893 appointed a captain in The Prince of Wales's Own Norfolk Artillery, a Militia Battalion stationed at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. He volunteered for active service in South Africa during the Second Boer War, and was on 10 March 1900 appointed captain in the Imperial Yeomanry and attached to its 18th battalion. In early May 1902 he was back as a captain in the Norfolk Artillery. He was promoted to the substantive rank of major and honorary lieutenant-colonel of the battalion later the same month, and later served as lieutenant-colonel commanding the Battalion.
Lord Somerleyton married Phyllis de Bathe, daughter of General Sir Henry Percival de Bathe, in 1887. He died in February 1935, aged 77, and was succeeded in the baronetcy and barony by his eldest son, Francis Savile Crossley. His younger son, John, was the father of Belinda Douglas-Scott-Montagu, Baroness Montagu of Beaulieu. Lady Somerleyton died in 1948.
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|New constituency|| Member of Parliament for Lowestoft
Sir Alfred Arnold
| Member of Parliament for Halifax
1900 - 1906
With: John Henry Whitley
John Henry Whitley
The Duke of Marlborough
| Paymaster General
The Lord Herschell
The Lord Stanmore
The Lord Ranksborough
The Viscount Valentia
The Lord Hylton
With: The Lord Herschell 1918-1919
The Lord Stanmore 1918-1922
The Lord Ranksborough 1918-1921
The Viscount Valentia 1918-1924
The Earl of Jersey 1919
The Earl of Bradford 1919-1924
The Earl of Onslow 1919-1920
The Earl of Lucan 1920-1924
The Earl of Clarendon 1921-1922
The Earl of Malmesbury 1922-1924
The Earl of Albemarle 1922-1924
The Earl De La Warr
The Lord Muir-Mackenzie
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
| Baron Somerleyton
Francis Savile Crossley