Robert Francis Stafford Thompson (1890-1918)
1919 Obituary 
ROBERT FRANCIS STAFFORD THOMPSON was born at Morecambe on 24th January 1890.
He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster, and Aylwin College, Arnside.
In 1908 he began a three-years' apprenticeship in the locomotive works of the Furness Railway, and studied at the Barrow Technical School in the evenings.
On the completion of his apprenticeship he remained with the Company as Inspector of Materials.
Subsequently he had charge of the hydraulic engines at Barrow Docks, and later of the locomotive sheds at Carnforth.
This post he held to the time of his death, which took place from influenza at Bolton-le-Sands on 11th November 1918, in his twenty-ninth year.
He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1915.