Thomas Vickers

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Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers V.D.
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Colonel Tom Vickers
Born(1833-07-09)July 9, 1833 [1] [2]
DiedOctober 19, 1915(1915-10-19) (aged 82)
London, England
AllegianceFlag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom
Service/branchFlag of the British Army.svg  British Army
Rank Colonel
Commands held Hallamshire Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment
Awards Volunteer Officers' Decoration [3]
Spouse(s)Frances Mary Vickers (née Douglas)
Other work Chairman, Vickers Limited

Colonel Thomas ('Tom') Edward Vickers V.D. (9 July 1833 – 19 October 1915) was Chairman of Vickers Limited.

Colonel (Col) is a rank of the British Army and Royal Marines, ranking below brigadier, and above lieutenant colonel. British colonels are not usually field commanders; typically they serve as staff officers between field commands at battalion and brigade level. The insignia is two diamond-shaped pips below a crown. The crown has varied in the past with different monarchs; the current Queen's reign has used St Edward's Crown. The rank is equivalent to captain in the Royal Navy and group captain in the Royal Air Force.

Vickers Limited was a significant British engineering conglomerate that merged into Vickers-Armstrongs in 1927.

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Career

The second son of Edward Vickers and Anne Naylor, Tom Vickers was born on 9 July 1833. He was educated at Sheffield Collegiate School and at Neuwied in Germany. [1] He worked in the family business of Naylor Vickers & Co. [1]

Edward Vickers (1804-1897) was the founder of Naylor Vickers & Co. which became Vickers Limited.

Sheffield Collegiate School began in 1836 in new buildings on the corner of Ecclesall Road and Collegiate Crescent. The school enjoyed academic success but lacked sound finances and was taken over by Sheffield Grammar School in 1884, to become Sheffield Royal Grammar School (SRGS) in 1885.

Neuwied Place in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

Neuwied is a town in the north of the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, capital of the District of Neuwied. Neuwied lies on the east bank of the Rhine, 12 km northwest of Koblenz, on the railway from Frankfurt am Main to Cologne. The town has 13 suburban administrative districts: Heimbach-Weis, Gladbach, Engers, Oberbieber, Niederbieber, Torney, Segendorf, Altwied, Block, Irlich, Feldkirchen, Heddesdorf and Rodenbach. The largest is Heimbach-Weis, with approximately 8000 inhabitants.

Tom Vickers, together with his brother Albert, took over the business in the 1850s. [2] Tom developed the firm into a leading steel casting business using the German Riepe process and in 1867 it was incorporated as Vickers, Sons & Co Limited with himself as Chairman. [2]

Tom Vickers lived at Bolsover Hill and became Commanding Officer of the Hallamshire Rifles in 1871 and Master Cutler in 1872. [2] [4] He continued to serve in the battalion as a volunteer and honorary colonel, being awarded the Volunteer Officers' Decoration when it was instated in 1892. [3] He handed over the chairmanship of the company to Albert Vickers in 1909 and died in London in 1915. [2]

The Hallamshire Battalion was an infantry battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment, part of the British Army in existence from 1859 until 1999.

The Master Cutler is the head of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire established in 1624. Their role is to act as an ambassador of industry in Sheffield, England. The Master Cutler is elected by the freemen of the company on the first Monday of September of each year and the position taken in the first Tuesday of October. Despite the title, the Master Cutler does not have to be involved in the cutlery business, or even the steel industry, to be elected.

Volunteer Officers Decoration military service decoration of the United Kingdom

The Volunteer Officers' Decoration, post-nominal letters VD, was instituted in 1892 as an award for long and meritorious service by officers of the United Kingdom's Volunteer Force. Award of the decoration was discontinued in the United Kingdom when it was superseded by the Territorial Decoration in 1908, but it continued to be awarded in some Crown Dependencies until 1930.

Family

In 1860 he married Frances Mary Douglas; they had two sons (Douglas Vickers and Ronald Vickers) and four daughters. [1]

Douglas Vickers British politician

Douglas Vickers was an English industrialist and politician. He was the son of Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers (1833–1915), owner and Director of the famous Sheffield firm Vickers, Sons & Co. Ltd., and Frances Mary Vickers, née Douglas (1841–1904).

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Biography of Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers Institute of Civil Engineers, 1 January 1916
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Thomas and Albert Vickers Archived 2005-08-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. 1 2 "No. 26349". The London Gazette . 29 November 1892. p. 7000.
  4. "No. 23748". The London Gazette . 20 June 1871. p. 2850.