Thomson, Henry Wagstaffe


He was the only son of Henry John Phipps Thomson (Secretary of the GIP Railway, Bombay) and Sarah, daughter of John Francis Wagstaffe, a solicitor from Grantham.

He came to Turner’s House in Short Half 1888, and went up to Trinity College, Oxford, in 1893, where he became an Exhibitioner in 1894. He spent over thirty years in the Malay and Siamese Civil Services, going out as a Cadet in 1896 and returning in 1929 after acting as Chief Secretary of the Federated Malay States Government for two years. He spent seven years from 1903 in the Siamese Civil Service, and was given the Royal Siamese Order of the Crown (4th Class) in 1905 for his work in Kelantan. On November 28th 1907 he married Yvonne Mary Winn, daughter of Dr. A. Winn, of Southsea.

Reverting to the Malay Civil Service in 1910, he was an advisor in Kelantan in 1919, British Resident successively at Pahang (1921), Selangor (1926), and Perak (1926-29) and was awarded the CMG in 1927. He retired in 1929, and took up residence at 33 Nettlecombe Avenue, Southsea. However, he and his wife appear to have moved to Torquay, possibly to escape the severe bombing which Portsmouth and Southsea were undergoing at the time.   He was killed aged sixty-seven by enemy action in an air raid on Torquay on April 22nd 1941. The air raid was the first serious one on the town, and formed part of the German blitz on Plymouth.  His wife appears to have survived.

War: World War 2

  • Surname: Thomson
  • Forenames or initials: Henry Wagstaffe
  • House: I
  • Years in School: 1888-1893
  • Rank: Civilian
  • Regiment: NA
  • Date of Birth: 22nd February 1874
  • Date of Death: 22nd April 1941
  • How Died: Killed by enemy action
  • Location in War Cloister: Not commemorated
  • Decoration: CMG
  • Burial Site: Unknown