Sir Edward Hildred Carlile (1852-1942)

Sir Edward Hildred Carlile was a businessman and Conservative Party politician, and the nephew of James William Carlile (1823-1909).

In business, he was a partner in the of Jonas Brook & Bros., Meltham Mills. Following the firm's merger with J. & P. Coats Ltd., he served as a director of the company.

He was a Captain in the 2nd West Yorkshire Yeomanry and subsequently commanded the 2nd West Riding Regiment (later the Duke of Wellington's Regiment) of which he was the Honorary Colonel from 1906 to 1939.


He was born in July 1852 at Richmond Hill at Brixton, Surrey, the son of merchant Edward Carlile and his wife Maria Louisa (née Wilson).

He married Isabella Hanbury on 22 August 1876 in London. The couple then settled at Helme Hall, near Meltham, where they had five children:

  • Dora Isobel Carlile (1878-1915)[1]
  • Edward Hildred Hanbury Carlile (1880-1918)[2]
  • Beatrice Gundreda Carlile (1882-1954)[3]married Thomas Brooke and resided at Healey House, South Crosland
  • Janet Mary Muriel Carlile (1884-1942)[4]
  • Eleanor Cicely Carlile (1885-?)[5]

At the time of the 1881 Census they were staying with Isabella's widowed mother Elizabeth Hanbury at The Firs, Wellington, Somerset. Edward Hildred's occupation was recorded as "cotton thread manufacturer".

He was initiated into the St. George's and Cornerstone Lodge (No. 5) of Freemasons in London on 11 January 1897. Later that year he established a fund to add a new wing to the Huddersfield Infirmary to which he donated £15,000.

He stood as a Conservative in Huddersfield at the 1900 general election, but lost to the Liberal candidate Sir James Thomas Woodhouse.

In 1904, he moved to Ponsbourne Park, Hertfordshire.

He was elected as the Member of Parliament for St. Albans at the 1906 general election and remained in the position until retiring due to ill-health in November 1919.

He was knighted in 1911 and made a Baronet in 1917. In the autumn of 1911 he travelled to New York about the RMS Lusitania.[6]

During the First World War he worked for the Red Cross and was awarded the C.B.E. Sadly, his only son, Edward Hildred Hanbury Carlile was killed in action in France on 22 March 1918.

In 1922 he was appointed the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.

Isabelle Carlile died in 1924.

Edward Hildred Carlile died on 26 September 1942, aged 91, at Bishop's Down Grange, Tunbridge Wells, leaving an estate valued at £591,115. His brother, the Rev. Wilson Carlile, died 3 hours later at Woking, Surrey.[7]


Notes and References

  1. Born 9 September 1878 and baptised 13 March 1880 at St. James, Meltham Mills. Died 14 May 1915.
  2. Born 28 January 1880 in Meltham and baptised 13 March 1880 at St. James, Meltham Mills. Married Ruth Melicent Dawson on 8 August 1817. Joined the Household Cavalry. Killed in action in France on 22 March 1918.
  3. Died 9 May 1954 in London ("at her sister's home") and was buried at Honley.
  4. Born 15 June 1884 and baptised 20 July 1884 at St. James, Meltham Mills. Married Murray Barclay Buxton. Died 21 November 1942 in Kent.
  5. Born 23 July 1885 and baptised 23 August 1885 St. James, Meltham Mills.
  6. The Lusitania was notoriously sunk by a German U-boat in May 1915.
  7. According to press reports, neither brother knew the other was ill.

Sir Edward Hildred Carlile (1852-1942)


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