UK Politics

Commemoration for the first British MP to die in WW1

Houses of Parliament during lights out for WW1 commemoration Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The tribute to Capt O'Neill was one of a series of WW1 commemorations in parliament

The first British MP to die in World War I has been commemorated on the Commons order paper on the 100th anniversary of his death.

Capt Arthur O'Neill was elected as the Ulster Unionist Party MP for Mid-Antrim in 1910.

He was killed in action at Zillebeke Ridge in Flanders on 6 November 1914, aged 38.

Commons Speaker John Bercow paid tribute to him at the start of the day's sitting.

Image caption It is very rare for the normal format of the order paper to be changed

He said: "Captain O'Neill was the first member of this House to die in action in the First World War. Today we remember him."

Capt O'Neill died while fighting with the 2nd Life Guards regiment.

His younger brother Hugh, later Baron Rathcavan, succeeded him as MP for Mid-Antrim.

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