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Christopher Hamo Thornycroft

Male 1915 - 2001  (86 years)



  • Name Christopher Hamo Thornycroft  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 18 Feb 1915  Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 3, 4
    Education abt 1928 - 1933  Bedales School, Steep Find all individuals with events at this location   [4
    Education abt 1933 - 1936  Oxford University Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5
    Military Service 1936 - 1937  Spain Find all individuals with events at this location ; Engineer, Republican Forces  [4, 5
    Occupation 1938 - 1947  Design engineer, Napier Power Engineering  [4
    Marriage 23 May 1939  Paddington Town Hall Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 6
    Elizabeth Barbara Crump,   b. 15 Aug 1918, Cheltenham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 2006, Stroud Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence abt 1946 - 1951  10 Belsize Lane, Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Residence abt 1952 - 1984  Darbys, Church Rd, Cookham Dean Find all individuals with events at this location   [7
    Occupation abt 1963 - 1985  Slough Find all individuals with events at this location ; Director, British Internal Combustion Engine Research Institution  [4
    Death 11 Sep 2001  Stroud Find all individuals with events at this location   [2, 4
    Burial   Cheltenham Find all individuals with events at this location   [8
    Notes 
    • Chris came from an engineering and artistic family. His great uncle, Sir John Thornycroft, had founded the famous engineering firm; his grandfather, Hamo, had been knighted for contributions to the arts; and Chris was a fascinating blend of them both. He was a great lover of art and, importantly, the beauty of precision engineering.
      From obituary by Nares Craig, The Guardian, 01 Oct 2001.
    • Chris Thornycroft was sacked from employment with Napiers in 1947, an early victim of the post-second world war purges of Communists and others considered undesirable during the cold war. His brother, Bill, was also sacked by Napiers four years later. Chris remained an active member of the Communist Party for many years thereafter, as his brother recalled, `although sticking to his principles seriously reduced his earning ability and his young family had to struggle on a very low income throughout their early years'. [F E (Bill) Thornycroft, letter to the Guardian, 13 Oct 2001]
    • Was at Oxford but went off to fight in Spain without taking a degree. Became an outstanding mechanical engineer, and an expert in diesel engines. In 1981 was head of the Diesel Research Station at Slough. [5]
    Person ID I3634  Tatham | Morris branch | Spouse
    Last Modified 03 Mar 2014 

    Father Oliver Thornycroft,   b. 19 Apr 1885, Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1956, 82 Corringham Rd, Golders Green Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Dorothy Rose,   b. 11 Aug 1889, Chiswick Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Apr 1971, Bristol Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Marriage 29 Jul 1911  Hampstead Find all individuals with events at this location   [9, 10
    • On the 29th July, at Hampstead, Oliver, only son of Hamo Thornycroft, Esquire., R.A., to Dorothy, only surviving child of the late Edward Rose, Esquire, and of Mrs. Rose, of 5, Gardnor Manions, Church-row, Hampstead. [The Times]
    Family ID F0502  Family Group Sheet

    Family Elizabeth Barbara Crump,   b. 15 Aug 1918, Cheltenham Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Feb 2006, Stroud Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years) 
    Engagement 04 May 1939    [11
    • The engagement is announced of Christopher, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Thorneycroft, of Champions, Offington Drive, Worthing, and Elisabeth, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Crump, of Steep, Petersfield. [The Times, 03 May 1939]
    Marriage 23 May 1939  Paddington Town Hall Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 6
    • On May 23, 1939, at Paddington Town Hall, Christopher Hamo Thornycroft, eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Thornycroft, to Elizabeth Crump, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geoffrey Crump. [The Times, 24 May 1939]
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
    +3. Living
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2012 
    Family ID F1042  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 18 Feb 1915 - Hampstead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1928 - 1933 - Bedales School, Steep Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1933 - 1936 - Oxford University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary Service - Engineer, Republican Forces - 1936 - 1937 - Spain Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - < - 23 May 1939 - Paddington Town Hall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage - 23 May 1939 - Paddington Town Hall Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1946 - 1951 - 10 Belsize Lane, Hampstead Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - abt 1952 - 1984 - Darbys, Church Rd, Cookham Dean Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Director, British Internal Combustion Engine Research Institution - abt 1963 - 1985 - Slough Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 11 Sep 2001 - Stroud Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - - Cheltenham Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Paddington, 2Q1939.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Stroud, Sep 2001.
      b 18 Feb 1915

    3. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Hendon, 1Q1915.

    4. [S11] Newspaper, Guardian, 01 Oct 2001.
      obituary

    5. [S64] Geoffrey Crump.

    6. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 24 May 1939.

    7. [S17] Telephone Directories.

    8. [S03] Family Members, JAC, 17 Feb 2014.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Hampstead, 3Q1911.

    10. [S05] The Times, marriage notice, 01 Aug 1911.

    11. [S05] The Times, forthcoming marriages, 04 May 1939.