Thomas George Tickler was the son of George Tickler, a miller from Withern near Louth in Lincolnshire. He was born on 30 September 1852. He was baptised on 14 November 1852 at St Margaret’s Church in Withern (This church is now redundant and has been converted into a private residence).
Thomas Tickler moved to Grimsby and set up T.G. Tickler Ltd, his well known preserve making business in 1878 making mainly Jam and Marmalade. The business was originally located in Hope Street.
His public life began in 1897 when he entered the Grimsby Town Council as representative of the Humber Ward. He was a keen worker and for some time was Chairman of the Highways and Public Works Committee and was made Mayor of the Borough in 1907. In 1909 he was made a Justice of the Peace for Grimsby.
Thomas was a prominent Freemason and took a very keen interest in social work. Along with Fred Bacon he was one of the founders of the YMCA in 1906 and held the post of President for many years.
After a hectic by election campaign he defeated the late Mr Alf Bannister by fewer than 300 votes and was elected Member of Parliament (MP) for Great Grimsby on Tuesday 12 May 1914 following the death of the Conservative MP Sir George Doughty (See separate page of this website). Doughty had held the seat for almost 20 years, with a short break in 1910. Thomas easily held the seat in a four corned contest in 1918 but retired in 1922
Thomas Tickler died at his home in Langley, Bucks on 19 January 1938.