The Will of Laurel Drummond Douglas Thompson 1882 - 1968    Dated 28 July 1961
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I, LAUREL DRUMMOND DOUGLAS THOMPSON, care of Martins Bank Limited, 153 Sloane Street, S.W.1, in the County of London, HEREBY REVOKE all former Wills and testamentary dispositions made by me, and declare this to be my last will.

  1. I APPOINT FRANCIS GEORGE RONALD JORDAN, of 8 Queen Anne Street, Portland Place, London W.1. and ALEXANDER JOHN RENNIE IZAT, of Comfrey Coneyhurst Billingshurst in the County of Sussex (hereinafter called "my Trustees") to be the Executors and Trustees hereof.

  2. I give to my daughter-in-law Margaret Elizabeth Thompson my Canadian sable cape and my silver powder box.

  3. I have deposited with Evans Baker & Co., a signet ring inscribed with the Thompson Crest, which I desire to give to my grandson David on his eighteenth birthday. If I should die before I have given the ring to him, I BEQUEATH the same to him, and I direct my Trustees to hand it to him on his eighteenth birthday.

  4. I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH the remainder of my estate, whatsoever and wheresoever, to my Trustees UPON TRUST, for sale and payment of my debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and to hold the residue,

    1. To expend such reasonable sum as may be necessary in the erection of a very narrow stone curb and cross, on my grave, with a suitable inscription in black lettering (to be settled after conversation with my said grandson David.) including "LAUREL D. D. THOMPSON Widow of J. A. Thompson, MOTHER of Philip", and for an inscription to be made thereon in accordance with David's wish.

    2. To hold the balance thereof to be applied by them for the benefit or pleasure of my said grandson David, until he attains the age of twenty one years, or until his earlier death. I DECLARE that my Trustees may in there discretion expend the whole of the capital, and any income for the purpose aforesaid. On David attaining twenty one, to hold such part of the balance of the residue as shall not have been expended for him absolutely.

  5. In the event of my grandson David dying before attaining the age of twenty one years, I or my estate, will then, subject to my daughter-in-law's life interest therein, become entitled to the funds, subject to the settlement known as the Mr. And Mrs. Thompson Settlement, and in such event subject to Clause 4 hereof, my Trustees shall hold the remainder of my residuary estate for the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Officer's Association, to be applied by such Association for the welfare and benefit of needy, disabled, or partially disabled Officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who served in World War II (1939-1945).

  6. I declare that the receipt of the treasurer or other authorised Officer of the said association shall be a full and sufficient discharge to my Trustees for the said bequests.

  7. Any Trustee of this my Will , who may be a solicitor or engaged in any profession or business may be so employed and act and shall be entitled to charge and be paid all professional or other charges for any business or act done by him or his firm in connection with the Trusts hereof including acts which a Trustee could have done personally.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand to this my Will this twenty eighth day of July one thousand nine hundred and sixty one. - Laurel Drummond Douglas Thompson

Signed by the said Testatrix Laurel Drummond Douglas Thompson, as and for her last Will, in the presence of us present at the same time who in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses:
Margaret George, 183 Fulwell, Park Avenue, Twickenham, Middlesex, Secretary
Jennifer J. Murphy, 61 Elms Crescent, London, Secretary

On the 22nd day of November 1968, Probate of this will was granted to Francis George Ronald Jordan, of 8 Queen Anne Street, Portland Place, London W. 1., solicitor, and Alexander John Rennie Izat, of Eastlands, Billingshurst, Sussex, Stockbroker the executors named in the said will.

Laurel Drummond Douglas Thompson, of Red House, Aspley, Guise Ampthill, Bedfordshire, formerly care of Martins Bank Limited, 153 Sloane Street, London W. 1, died on the 21st day of August 1968, at Red House, Asply Guise, aforesaid, England.

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