Links in a Chain - the Mayors of Bolton
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Walter Wharton Tong

Mayor of Bolton: 1940-41 (Conservative)

Born: Bolton 26 February 1890

Died: Greenleaves, Chapeltown Road, Bromley Cross, Bolton May 1978

Educated: Miss Aughton's Private School, Bolton; Bolton School; Giggleswick School, Settle; Manchester School of Technology; Manchester University

Brewer. He entered the family brewing firm of William Tong & Sons Ltd in 1910. Later worked as Bolton area manager for Walkers Brewery of Liverpool.

Became a Bachelor of Technical Science 1910 and completed his Master's degree in 1911.

He was the nephew of Thomas Barlow Tong, Mayor of Bolton 1906-08.

Represented Deane-cum-Lostock from 1925. Alderman 1941.

Bolton's Warship Week appeal in November 1941 raised £1,191,154 to purchase the hull of the light cruiser HMS Dido which was adopted by the town.

Leader of Conservative group 1942-52. Retired from the Council in 1952 on losing his Aldermanic seat.

President of Bolton West Conservative Association.

Stood unsuccessfully as the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bolton West in 1950.

Elected Chairman of Bolton Little Theatre 1953.

He was knighted for political and public services in Bolton on 11 February 1955.

President of Bolton Trustee Savings Bank 1965-70 and a Trustee for over 30 years.

His wife, the Mayoress, Annie Glaister of Breightmet Hall, was the granddaughter of Thomas Glaister, Mayor of Bolton 1881-82 and sister of Thomas Glaister, Mayor of Bolton 1949-50.


Click for larger image Formal portrait of William Wharton Tong as Mayor of Bolton.

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Click for larger image Bolton Warship Week programme 18-25 October 1941.

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Walter Wharton TongTong Family Tree • pdfClick for larger image

Walter Wharton Tong's link on the Mayor of Bolton's Chain of Office.

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