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Colonel the Hon. C.F. Stallard, DSO, MC and Bar, ED, QC (MP)

Colonel the Hon. Charles Frampton Stallard, DSO, MC & Bar, ED, QC (MP) was born in London on 5 June 1871 and passed away on 13 June 1971. He was a lawyer, soldier and politician.

Col. Stallard attended Merton College, University of Oxford. He was called to the English bar (Gray's Inn). He subsequently went to South Africa and took part in the Second Boer War. He served with the City Imperial Volunteers and Paget's Horse. After the war he became an advocate in Johannesburg, from 1902. He became a King's Counsel (later Queen's Counsel [QC] from 1952) in South Africa, in 1910.

During the First World War, he served on the staff of General Louis Botha in South West Africa (in 1914) and later in Flanders and Italy. Stallard was thrice mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and the Military Cross (MC) and a Bar as a second award of the MC.

Colonel Stallard's political career included being a member of the Transvaal Provincial Council in 1910. He was the Member of Parliament (MP) for Roodepoort 1929-38 and Maritzburg District 1939-1948 when he retired. He was a member of the South African Party until 1934, when he declined to support the fusion with the National Party to form the United Party.

Colonel Stallard was the leader of the Dominion Party from 1934 until 1948. During the Second World War he was Minister of Mines in the cabinet of Field Marshal Jan Smuts.

Between 1937 and 1971 Stallard was Honorary Colonel of the Witwatersrand Rifles Regiment.

Ranks:

  • Major (British Army)
  • Honorary Colonel (South African Army - Witwatersrand Rifles)

He was awarded the following medals:

  • Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for Valour.
  • Military Cross (MC) and a Bar as a second award of the MC for valour.
  • The Efficiency Decoration (ED) for loyal and efficient service. 
  • Various campaign medals for the First World war.

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