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William Thom, Junior (1865-1939) son of William Thom
1939 Obituary 
"Sir WILLIAM THOM, K.B.E., was born at Blackburn in 1865 and educated at the Blackburn Grammar School from 1878 to 1880 and Rossall College from 1880 to 1882. He served his apprenticeship for five years with Messrs. W. and J. Yates, Blackburn, and in 1887, after this firm had become Messrs. Yates and Thom, Ltd., he was appointed assistant to the managing partner. In 1905 he became managing director of the company.
During the Great War he was chairman of the Blackburn Board which dealt with the output of munitions in that area. In recognition of his services in this capacity he was created K.B.E. in 1919. He was also a member of the Engineering Trades Section of the Ministry of Reconstruction, and at the time of his death, which occurred on 10th April 1939, he was a director of Dutton's Blackburn Brewery, Ltd., and of John Mercer, Ltd. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1925."