The Lord Carron
William John Carron
19 November 1902
|Died||3 December 1969 (aged 67)|
Forest Hill, London, England, UK
William John Carron, Baron Carron, KSG, FRSA (19 November 1902 – 3 December 1969) was a British trade unionist and activist, who served as President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) from 1956 until 1967.
Carron was born in Kingston upon Hull in 1902, the son of John Carron and Frances Ann Richardson. He attended St Mary's Roman Catholic Primary School, Hull Technical College, and he earned a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University.
Beginning in 1918 Carron was apprenticed to a turner, Messrs Rose, at Downs and Thompson Ltd. until he became a journeyman in 1923. In 1935 he moved to the maintenance department of Reckitt and Coleman and became a shop steward of the AEU.
Carron joined the AEU in 1924. He was a Branch Secretary from 1932 to 1945. He later became District President. In 1950 he was elected to the post of Divisional Organizer and in 1956 he became an Executive Councillor. Finally, he was elected President in 1956, a position he held until 1967. He also served as a member of the General Council of the Trades Union Congress from 1954 to 1968.
Honours and awards
He became Baron Carron, of the City and County of Kingston upon Hull, on 11 July 1967.
He married Mary Emma McGuire on 5 August 1931, with whom he had two daughters, Hilary Mary Carron and Patricia Anne Carron.
He retired to Forest Hill, London, where he died in 1969, aged 67.
- Fishman, Nina (January 2009). "Carron, William John, Baron Carron (1902–1969)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/66089. Retrieved 30 May 2009. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
- Lord Carron's papers
- Peerage.com site
|Trade union offices|
| President of the Amalgamated Engineering Union
Harry Douglass and Anne Godwin
| Trades Union Congress representative to the AFL-CIO
With: George Lowthian
Jack Cooper and Harry Nicholas
| President of the Confederation of Shipbuilding and Engineering Unions