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Leopold ("Leo") Amery passes away

Today in Masonic history Leopold Charles Maurice Stennett Amery passes away in 1955.

Leopold ("Leo") Amery was a British politician and journalist. He is noted for his interests in military preparedness, India (the place of his birth) and the British Empire.

During the Boer War, Amery was a correspondent. In 1901 he wrote an article attacking a British Commander which led to the commander being relieved of his command. The only correspondent to actually visit Boer forces he was nearly captured with Winston Churchill.

After the Boer War he wrote articles highlighting the deficiencies of the British military. He would also write articles attacking Free Trade.

Twice Amery would be offered the position of editor for two prominent London newspapers. He would decline both so that he could focus on politics. After a failed bid to gain a seat in the House of Commons in 1908 (he lost by 8 votes), he won an election in 1911 Member of Parliament.

During World War I, Amery's knowledge of Hungarian (he was part Hungarian on his Mother's side) led to his employment as an intelligence officer in the Balkans Campaign.

Among other accomplishments in his life Amery was a member of the Order of Companions of Honour. It is an award given to a select few for outstanding achievements in arts, literature, music, science, politics, industry and religion.