Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family 12/22 - Person Sheet
NameLt Col Rt Hon Herbert Henry SPENDER CLAY JP, DL, MC, 6661
EducationEton and Sandhurst
FatherJoseph SPENDER CLAY , 6660 (1826-1885)
MotherElizabeth Sydney Jane GARRETT , 6653 (-1912)
MotherMary Dahlgren PAUL , 6676
ChildrenPhyllis Mary , 6678 (1905-1996)
 Rachel Pauline , 6679 (1907-)
Notes for Lt Col Rt Hon Herbert Henry SPENDER CLAY JP, DL, MC
Joined the 2nd Life Guards in 1896 and served in South Africa in 1899-1900 (medal and 6 clasps), resigning in 1902, but serving again in the European War. He was awarded the Order of St Michael and St George and decorated with the Military Cross. JP and DL for Surrey and stood for several years as Conservative MP for Tonbridge, Kent (1910- 1918). He was invested as a Privy Counsellor and was a Charity Commissioner from 1923 to January 1924 and December 1924 to May 1929.

From Wikipedia

Spender-Clay was the only son of Joseph Spender-Clay of Ford Manor in Surrey. He was educated at Eton and Sandhurst, and in 1896 was commissioned as an officer of the 2nd Life Guards. He served in the Second Boer War, and resigned his commission in 1902 to take up farming on his father's estate in Surrey, which he inherited.

He was elected at January 1910 general election as the Member of Parliament for the Tunbridge division of Kent. He was re-elected in December 1910, and when the division was abolished in boundary changes for the 1918 general election he was returned as a Coalition Conservative for the new Tonbridge division. He held that seat through a further six general elections until his death.

He died on 15 February 1937 at his London home on Hyde Park Street (or at his Surrey home; sources differ), from pneumonia following influenza.


Herbert Henry Spender Clay was born on 4 June 1875, the only son of Joseph Spender Clay and Sydney née Garrett. He was a Godson of Rev John Harden Clay, the son of his great uncle Rev John Clay, and was educated at Eton and the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was a Captain in the 2nd Life Guards during the First War, and was awarded the Military Cross in 1917. He eventually rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

At the age of 29, he married on 29 October 1904, the Hon. Pauline Astor, who was then 24. They had three daughters :-

Phyllis Mary was born on 4 October 1905, and married at the age of 27 on 6 February 1932 in Dormansland Sir Philip Bouverie Bowyer Nichols, KCMG MC, then aged 38, who was born on 7 September 1894, and died on 6 December 1962 in London at the age of 68; he was the younger son of John Bowyer Buchanan Nichols of Lawford Hall, Essex, and was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. He was appointed Ambassador to the Netherlands. They lived at Lawford Hall, Manningtree Essex, and he was buried at St Mary's, Lawford. Where and when she died is not known. They had two sons and two daughters.

Rachel Pauline was born on 19 January 1907, married at the age of 22 on 6 February 1929 in St James' Piccadilly to 27 year old Hon. David Bowes Lyon, the youngest son of 14th Earl of Strathmore, and brother of the Queen Mother; he was born on 2 May 1902, died on 13 September 1961 in Hitchin, Herts at the age of 59 and was buried at St Paul's, Waldenbury. He was K.C.V.O., Deputy Lieutenant JP. She was JP Herts 1956. They had a son and a daughter.

Sybil Gwendoline was born on 25 March 1910, died on 3 March 1912 at the age of 1

Herbert was Deputy Lieutenant and J.P. for Surrey, Member of Parliament for Tonbridge 1910 37, and a Charity Commissioner. He was appointed to the Privy Council in 1929, and made C.M.G. They lived at Ford Manor, Lingfield, Sussex and also had a London house at 21 Hill Street. He died on 15 February 1937 at Dormansland at the age of 61.
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