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Esmonde Grattan Thompson

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Esmonde Grattan Thompson (1886-1960) of Nash and Thompson and later of the Parnall Aircraft Co

1886 July 19th. Born at Orford, Suffolk, the son of Robert Blyth Thompson, Civil Service Excise Officer, and his wife Ada Sophia Goodswin.

1901 Living at 19 St. Paul's Road, Northampton: Esmonde Grattan Thompson (age 14 born Orford), Clerk: Book Factory. With his parents and two brothers.[1]

1908 Esmonde Grattan Thompson, of the Wine Stores, Lower-road, Kenley, wine and spirit merchant. appointed for an excise license to sell beer by retail, to be consumed off the premises. He states he is a commercial traveller.[2]

1923 Married at St. Geo. Han. Sq. to Marjory M. Hall.

1939 Living at Thornbury, Gloucestershire, Managing Director of the Parnall Aircraft Co. With Marjory Thompson (born 1893).[3]

1960 January 19th. Died. 'Mr. Esmonde Grattan Thompson, of Bristol, British aeronautical and arms engineer, died yesterday after a long heart illness at Roguebrune-Cap-Martin. He was 73. He had lived in retirement in his villa in France for many years. He was director and manager of the Parnall Aircraft Company and an inventor who made a revolving gun turret for the Royal Air Force.'[4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 census
  2. Croydon Chronicle and East Surrey Advertiser - Saturday 08 February 1908
  3. 1939 Census
  4. Birmingham Daily Post - Wednesday 20 January 1960