Thomas Vickers

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Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers V.D.
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.



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]

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]


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

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  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.