The Returning Officer: Derby

Group Captain Clifford Wilcock was Labour MP for Derby (1945-50) and Derby North (1950-62). He was a member of the RFC and RAF in the First World War, having already been wounded at Ypres, and was awarded the Air Force Cross.

Philip Noel-Baker, who had served with the Friends’ Ambulance Unit, won Derby for Labour in a 1936 by-election, defeating National Labour’s Archibald Church. Church had been Labour MP for Leyton East (1923-24) and Wandsworth Central (1929-31).

In the First World War, Church had served with the Royal Artillery before joining the British forces that intervened in Russia’s civil
war at Murmansk.