Douglas Vickers

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Vickers as caricatured by Spy (Leslie Ward) in Vanity Fair, December 1909

Douglas Vickers (1861 – 1937) was an English industrialist and politician. He was the son of Colonel Thomas Edward Vickers (1833–1915), owner and Director of the famous Sheffield firm Vickers, Sons & Co. Ltd., and Frances Mary Vickers, née Douglas (1841–1904).

Douglas Vickers, John Singer Sargent, 1914

He became Director of the family business in 1897, and was Master Cutler of Sheffield in 1908. He was elected as MP for Sheffield Hallam in 1918, and held the seat until 1922.

He was married to Katherine Chetwynd, with whom he had four children: Oliver Henry Douglas (1898–1928), Felicite (1901- died soon after), Sholto (b. 1902), and Angus (b. 1904).

His father, Thomas Edward Vickers, commissioned John Singer Sargent to paint portraits of the family. Douglas' portrait was painted in 1914.

The Vickers family plot at Brookwood Cemetery

He is buried in the family plot in Brookwood Cemetery.


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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
Member of Parliament for Sheffield Hallam
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Hugh Sykes