Wayland, William Abraham Edward

(1864–15 July 1950)
Lieutenant-Colonel William Abraham Edward Wayland, J.P. (later Sir William Wayland MP) was the son of William Robinson Wayland [c.1829 Lyme Regis – a Civil Servant] and Ada Matilda Wood [c. 1840 Liverpool – ] and born in Islington. He was an English politician, farmer, educated at Marlowes College and Mayor of the Metropolitan Borough of Deptford 1914 to 1920, for which he was knighted in the 1920 New Year Honours.

In 1927 he was elected Conservative Member of Parliament for Canterbury at a by-election, holding the seat until he retired in 1945 because of a wish expressed by party leaders that no candidate should be aged over 70. In 1931 the Conservative whip was withdrawn from him when he supported Sir Ernest Petter, standing as an Independent Conservative against the official Conservative candidate, in the Westminster St George's by-election, but it was restored before the general election later that year.

He died July 1950. In his obituary in the Times Sir Patrick Hannon described him as a "sterling example of the stern unbending Conservative" and "from time to time he took up an independent attitude in the House on subjects which were at variance with Conservative leadership, but detached from party discipline was only temporary." He had felt deeply about the changes in India and had spoken of how he felt this was a first step in the weakening of the Commonwealth. He believed in enlightened agricultural policy and had a high sense of public duty that was shown in his relationship with his constituency. He constantly attended the House of Commons. He had over 20 years connection with the Empire Day Movement, which allowed him to demonstrate his devotion to the Imperial Ideal. But also he was gentle and kind and was affectionately remembered by close friends".

Wayland served as:
Chairman of
Empire Day Movement from 1927 to 1948.
Deptford Fund 1927 – 1932

Portrait: MAY 03/53a
Knighthood: London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31712, p. 3, 30 December 1919.
Obituary, The Times, 17 July 1950 pg. 6; Issue 51747; col E

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