Robert Lloyd Hall-Thompson (1920 - 1992):
Soldier and politician
Lloyd Hall-Thompson was born in Belfast and was educated at Campbell College, Belfast, and worked for a time in the family business before joining the Royal Regiment of Artillery, in which he served in the Second World War. He was a major in the Territorial Army from 1946 to 1956 and was awarded the Emergency Reserve Decoration and the Territorial Decoration. He was a member of the Not Forgotten Association and was elected its vice-president. He stood as Unionist candidate for North Belfast in 1969 and held this seat until 1975. He was Chief Whip of the Northern Ireland Executive in 1974. He was a member of the Samaritan Hospital Management Committee from 1957 to 1973, member of the Belfast Newsboys' Club, member of the Northern Ireland Nurses' Housing Association, and President of the North Belfast Working Men's Club. He founded, with his wife Alison, the Half-Bred Horse Breeders' Society; they were both involved in the Down Royal Corporation of horse breeders, and he was Chairman of the Irish Horse Draft Society. He was also appointed Deputy Governor of the Maze racecourse.