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Stanley Miller Thompson                 1880-1948
Stanley was the third son of Robert Thompson and Georgiana Andrew. He was born on 1 December 1880. He married Wilhelmine Vera Doxford on 7 June 1906. He served in World War I, and his oufit took part in the landings at Gallipoli, where Stanley was wounded in the leg as soon as he hit the beach. He recovered and was sent home. He had a splendid house, in a bend of the River Tees, near Darlington, which supported a butler and a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce. Stanley created The Silver Line, a fleet of cargo ships. The firm was headquartered in Bishopsgate, London, where Stanley also maintained a home, Palmerston House. His business interests also included Stanley & John Thompson Ltd., Stanley & John Thompson (Management) Ltd., St. Helens Steamshipping Company. (1912) Ltd., and Thompson Graham & Co. Ltd.. Stanley died on 6 October 1948, at age 67.
Wilhelmine Vera Doxford                 1883-1955
Wilhelmine was born 4 January 1883, the daughter of Sir William Theodore and Margaret (nee Wilkinson) Doxford, shipbuilder. Sir William (1841-1916) was the eldest of four sons, who with their father, William, controlled William Doxford & Sons, Ltd. This was a shipbuilding firm that was larger than the Thompson's. The Doxfords were a very wealthy family at this time. Wilhelmine developed multiple sclerosis soon after she was married and spent the rest of her life in a wheel chair. She died on 7 February 1955, age 72, at Rutson Hospital, Northallerton, Yorkshire.
I have only identified one child:
Annie Vera "Nancy" Born 1 Jul 1907   Married Henry Kenneth Douglas Evans
Birth of Parents
Stanley Miller Thompson b: 1 Dec 1880  c: 5 Jan 1881      Monkwearmouth, Venerable Bede Parish, County Durham
son of Robert and Georgiana Thompson of West House, Fulwell, shipbuilder
   1881 1Q Sunderland 10a 653

Wilhelmine Vera Doxford b: 4 Jan 1883       St. Michael's, Bishopwearmouth     1883 1Q Houghton 10a 462
daughter of William Theodore and Margaret Doxford, Shipbuilder

7 Jun 1906
Stanley Miller Thompson
Wilhelmine Vera Doxford
Christ Church, Bishopwearmouth               1906 2Q Sunderland 10a 1196
Bachelor, Shipbroker, Hampstead, Father: Robert Thompson, Shipbuilder
Spinster, Elms West and Grindon Hall, Father: Sir William Theodore Doxford, Knight
after Banns, Wit: Georgiana Thompson, Theodore Doxford, John W. Thompson, Mary Thompson, Margaret Doxford

The Times, Monday, Jun 11, 1906                     MARRIAGE
  Thompson : Doxford - On the 7th June, at Christ Church, Sunderland by the Rev. C. G. Hopkinson, M.A., (Vicar of Christ Church), assisted by the Rev. W. M. Teape, (Vicar of South Hylton) and the Rev. H. Greatorex, (Rector of Over Dinsdale). Stanley Miller Thompson, third son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson, of Over Dinsdale Hall, Darlington, to Wilhelmine Vera Doxford, youngest daughter of Sir Thomas and Lady Doxford, of Grindon Hall, Sunderland.

Sockburn Hall today

Annie Vera "Nancy" Thompson b: 1 Jul 1907         1907 3Q Houghton 10a 544
daughter of Stanley Miller Thompson and Wilhelmine Vera Doxford

Stanley Miller Thompson Died 6 October 1948, Age 67,  after a long illness,         1948 4Q Durham W. 1a 718
The body was cremated. The ashes were placed in Sockburn Church, Girsby, Near Darlington.

The Times, Thursday, Oct  7, 1948   DEATHS
Thompson - On October 6, 1948, at Sockburn Hall, Neasham, Darlington, Stanley Miller Thompson, beloved husband of Vera, Cremation tomorrow (Friday) Private. Memorial service, 2:30 p.m. the same day, Sockburn Church, Girsby. Memorial service London, date announced later.
The Times, Saturday, Oct  9, 1948   COURT CIRCULAR
A Memorial Service for Mr. Stanley Miller Thompson will be held in St. Margaret Pattens, Rood Lane, E.C., at 2:15 p.m. on Friday October 15.
Summary of the Will
of Mr. Stanley Miller Thompson
of Sockburn Hall, near Darlington, County Durham,
and of Palmerston House, Bishopsgate, London, Shipowner
1880 - 1948       Dated 5 June 1948
(His estate totaled £ 141,850 17s 6d)
Trustees and Executors:
Wife, Wilhelmine Vera Thompson,
the Right Honourable Thomas Sivewright, Baron Catto of Cairnoatto of Holmbury   St. Mary, near Dorking, in the county of Surrey
Horace Pratt Hamp, of 6 Alvanley Court, Finchley Road, Hampstead, in the county of Middlesex,
William Arthur Shapland, of 51 Oakfield Court Crouch End, in the County of Middlesex
Trustees Except Wife £200      
My Wife Wilhelmine Vera All my personal chattels, and the income from my residuary estate, for life.
Daughter Annie Vera Evans After the death of my wife, one half of the income from my residuary estate.
Grandchildren Rosemary Evans
Owen Evans
The income from a Deed of Settlement dated the 6th day of May 1942
Servants Ralph Lynas
Albert Bywater
John Young
William Pybus
All others
£5/year of service
Associate   Horace Pratt Hamp   An option to purchase 2,000 shares of Stanley & John Thompson Ltd. stock
CODICIL TO WILL DATED 5 JUNE 1948   Revokes offer of stock option to Horace Pratt Hamp

Wilhelmine Vera Doxford Died 7 Feb 1955     Age 72,   Rutson Hospital, Yorkshire   1955 1Q Northallerton 1b 928
The body was cremated. The ashes were placed in Sockburn Church, Girsby, Near Darlington.

The Times, Tuesday, Feb 8, 1955   DEATHS
  Thompson - On Feb. 7, 1955 peacefully, Wilhelmina Vera Thompson, of The Hall, Egglescliffe, Stockton-on Tees, widow of Stanley M. Thompson, of Sockburn Hall, Darlington.   Funeral arrangements later.
The Times, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1955   DEATHS
  Thompson - On Feb. 7, 1955, Wilhelmina Vera Thompson, Cremation private.   Memorial service tomorrow (Thursday) at 11 a.m. at Egglescliffe Church.   Flowers to Egglescliffe Hall, near Stockton-on-Tees.
Summary of the Will
of Wilhelmine Vera Thompson
of The Hall, Egglescliffe, near Stockton-on-Tees,
County Durham,
formerly of Sockburn Hall, near Darlington, County Durham, Widow
1883 - 1955               Dated 21 July 1954
(Her estate totaled £ 11,282 17s 0d)
Trustees and Executors:
Daughter, Annie Vera Evans,
Grand-daughter Rosemary Evans,
the Right Honourable Thomas Sivewright, Baron Catto of Cairncatto,
William Arthur Shapland, of 17 St. Helen's Place, Bishopsgate, London
Trustees Except Daughter £100
Daughter Annie Vera Evans The capital and income from my residuary estate.
If she should not survive me, then to all her children, in equal shares.
Grand-sons Christopher Gwilym Douglas Evans
Kenneth Vaughn Douglas Evans
Each, a £ 400 annuity until age 21, for maintenance, education, and benefit.
Daily servant
Emily Gwendoline Lynas
Ralph Lynas
John Young
Elizabeth Atkinson
other servants
£5/year of service

SPECIAL THANKS  to Leslie Lynn Marr, of Gimingham, Norfolk, a nephew of Stanly Thompson, for some special insights into the lives of this family.