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Maurice Arnold de Forest Bischoffsheim MP

Born:
14 Tevet 5639 (09 January 1879)
Died:
14 Tishri 5729 (06 October 1968)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
DEF5968
Gender:
Male

Birth

Date of birth:
14 Tevet 5639 (09 January 1879)
Place of birth:
Paris, France

Death

Date of death:
14 Tishri 5729 (06 October 1968)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
Lichtenstein

Places

Schools

Name:
Eton College
Name:
Christ College
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De Forest was an enthusiast for the emerging technologies of motor cars and aeroplanes. An accomplished motor racing driver, he competed in a number of major races including the Gordon Bennett Cup in auto racing.[19] From 1903–1905 he held the Daily Mail Challenge Cup, having attained a record speed over the flying kilometre at Phoenix Park, Dublin, breaking the world land speed record.
In 1909 he offered the Baron de Forest Prize of £2,000 to the first Englishman who could fly across the English Channel in an English-built aeroplane. When a Frenchman, Louis Blériot successfully crossed the Channel in July 1909, he doubled the prize to £4,000. It was eventually won by Thomas Sopwith in December 1910.
He was also a rider of the Cresta Run in St. Moritz where a cup was named after him.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_de_Forest

De Forest was active in the Liberal Party, and at the January 1910 general election stood as parliamentary candidate at Southport. Despite the support of Churchill, De Forest was defeated by his Conservative opponent, Major Godfrey Dalrymple-White in a campaign marred by racist slurs.
In March 1910 he was elected to the London County Council as a member of the Liberal-backed Progressive Party, representing Kennington. He held the seat until 1913.
In July 1911 a parliamentary by-election was called for the seat of West Ham North, and de Forest was chosen to defend the seat for the Liberals. In his election address he stated that he was in favour of land nationalisation, Irish Home Rule, revised licensing laws, female suffrage and equality of religion in education. He retained the seat for the Liberal Party, with an increased majority

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_de_Forest

With the outbreak of war with Germany and Austro-Hungary in 1914, attempts were made to prosecute de Forest as an enemy sympathiser. However, with Churchill's assistance, he was able to resist the pressure. He joined the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in 1914, subsequently serving in the Royal Naval Air Service Armoured Car Section

Family

Spouse

Mathilde Madeleine Rose Menier Letellier (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
de Forest

Spouse

Hon Ethel Gerard (female)
Other surname / Maiden name:
de Forest

Children

Mabel Beatrix Clara Mary Magdalene de Forest (female)
Alaric de Forest (male)
John de Forest (male)

Siblings

Raymond de Forest (male)

Parents

Mother: Juliette Arnold (female)
Father: Edward de Forest (male)

Military Record

Military service:
Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Assignments
Regiment:
Royal Naval Air Service
Battalion/unit:
Armoured Car Section

Other Occupations

Type of employment:
Motor Racing Driver
Date started:
1903
Date left:
1905
Organisation:
Held the land speed record
Type of employment:
Member of Parliament
Date started:
1911
Date left:
1913
Position:
Member for West Ham North
Organisation:
Liberal

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