Thomas Sidney Dick (c1879-1967), Chairman of Auto Machinery Co
THE chairman of the Auto Machinery Co. Ltd.. Coventry. Mr. Thomas Sidney Dick, has died at the age of 86. The firm was established in 1886 by his father-in-law, Mr. William Hill.
Mr. Dick, a Londoner, came to Coventry in about 1910 and joined the Aidermoor Lane company, where the first Hillman car was made. Following its success. the Hillman Company was founded, and Mr. Dick, who had married Miss Dorothy Hillman, was transferred there as a Joint manager.
After the First World War service in the Royal Marines and the Tank Regiment, in which he rose to the rank of major, he returned to the Auto Machinery Co. as manager. He was managing director for some 30 years, and on relinquishing the position to Mr. D. Leedham, became chairman. During the Second World War. Mr. Dick was Colonel-in-charge of the Home Guard in Coventry. He and Mrs. Dick, who survives him, lived at Street Ashton Lodge, Stretton-under-Fosse, near Rugby. Their only son was killed in action in the Second World War.