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Thomas Vickers

Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers V.D.
Colonel Tom Vickers
Born (1833-07-09)July 9, 1833[1][2]
Died October 19, 1915(1915-10-19) (aged 82)
London, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  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]


  1. ^ a b c d Biography of Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers Institute of Civil Engineers, 1 January 1916
  2. ^ a b c d e Thomas and Albert Vickers
  3. ^ a b The London Gazette: no. 26349. p. 7000. 29 November 1892. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
  4. ^ The London Gazette: no. 23748. p. 2850. 20 June 1871. Retrieved 12 May 2013.
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