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Major J. B. L. Thompson (1890-1961)
"WE regret to record the death of Major J. B. L. Thompson, which occurred on January 23. Major Thompson was born in Carlisle in 1890, and after attending Carlisle Grammar School was articled in 1907 to the late Henry C. Marks, City Engineer and Water Engineer of Carlisle.
In that city Major Thompson rose to the position of Chief Engineering Assistant, but in 1915 he left on receiving a commission as second lieutenant in the Royal Engineers. Later he was appointed second in command of the 313 Road Construction Company, R.E., and was subsequently awarded the Military Cross. Promotion followed and Major Thompson was appointed Officer Commanding, 339 Road Construction Company, R.E.
After his war service Major Thompson became, in 1922, Deputy Borough Engineer and Water Engineer of Hastings, and two years later he accepted the position of Borough Surveyor, Engineer and Water Engineer of Swindon, which post he held for nearly twenty-three years. Major Thompson became a Student of the Institution of Municipal Engineers in 1907, and progressed through Associate Membership and Membership to become President of the Institution in 1947."