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Note: This is a sub-section of 1953 Who's Who in the Motor Industry
Dagenham Motors Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 8, Balderton Street, Oxford Street, London, W.I. Telephone: Regent 4070. Directors: E. H. Grindley (Managing). A. J. Rayment. Col. R. E. Maude, O.B.E., T.D. V. R. Hicks, F.C.I.S. (Secretary). H. J. Plunkett. E. C. Nihell.
Daimler Company Ltd. Heavy Commercial Vehicle Manufacturers and Sole Concessionnaires. Radford Works, Coventry. (See also Lanchester Motor Company Ltd.) Telephone: 4161. TIA.: " Daimler," Coventry. Directors: J. Leek (Managing). R. B. Cole (Assistant Managing). F. Lanchester. Managers: J. L. Jennings (Sales—Cars). R. S. Crouch (Sales—Buses). L. Smith (Production). G. J. Long (Publicity). T. R. Nicholl (Service). W. E. Hilton (Export). Chief Engineer: C. M. Simpson. Chief Accountant: S. E. Aston.
J. C. Dalman & Sons Ltd. Subsidiary of Francis B. Willmott, Limited. Forward Works, 108, Chcapside, Birmingham, 12. Telephone: Victoria 0907. Director: William A. Bidgood (Secretary). Works Manager: Harry John Barry (Gear Section).
Dartmouth Auto Castings Ltd. Component Company of Birmid Industries Ltd. Accessory and Component Manufacturers. Dartmouth Road, Smethwick. Telephone: 1541 /2/3. Directors: Arnold E. Pearce (Chairman). Eustace Carey-Hill (Deputy Chairman and Director in Charge). Clifford E. Kcey. Walter Brindlcy ( Works). Secretary: W. N. Sherlock.
Davenport Vernon & Co. Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 31, 32 and 34, High Street, High Wycombe, Bucks. Telephone: 240o. Directors: G. D. Vernon (Chairman). D. Denne (Managing). H. B. Berry (Sales Manager). W. Julian. A. E. F. Hole (Secretary).
Ivor Davies. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockist. The Garage, 6o, Castle Street, Caerphilly, Glam. Telephone: 2123. Proprietor: Ivor Davies.
Owen Davies & Son. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Gorddinog Garage, Llangoed, Anglesey. Telephone: 61. Proprietor: David Idris Davis.
Davies Tyre Co. Ltd. Tyre Manufacturers. The Hyde, London, N.W.9. Telephone: Colindale 8614. Also Depots at Bristol, Leeds and Walsall, Staffs. Directors: D. T. Davies (Chairman). L. G. Hamilton (Managing). A. E. Pollock. D. Davies. F. D. Davies. H. T. Davies.
Louis N. Davis & Co. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Victoria Square, Belfast. Telephone: 27885'6. Proprietor: Louis N. Davis. General Manager: R. J. Wylie.
Davis & Hill Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. tot, Bromley Common, Bromley, Kent. Telephone: R tvensbourne 26343 and 302o. Directors: H. R. Hill (Managing). W. M. Hill. R. S. Pearson. Service Manager: B. G. NcNuity. 62 Deans & Son (Yorkshire) Ltd. Passenger Vehicle Equipment and Accessory and Component Manufacturers. Grove Hill, Beverley, E. Yorks. Telephone: 77 and 527. Directors: C. F. Deans (Managing). J. Wilcox. Sales Manager: A. E. R. Slack.
Delco-Remy-Hyatt. See under General Motors Limited.
Dennis Brothers Limited. Fire Engine, Motor Lawn Mower, Commercial and Passenger Carrying and Municipal Vehicle Manufacturers. Woodbridge Works, Guildford. Telephone: 5295 (7 lines). T1A.: " Dennis," Guildford. Directors: Sir Geoffrey Burton (Chairman). William Fish, J.P. (Deputy Chairman and Joint Managing). Cecil Thomas Skipper, M.I.Mech.E. (Joint Managing). John Reginald Downing (Deputy Managing). Nicholas Pentreath Andrew. George Ernest Suter. Royston Edward Dennis. Herbert William Dawes. Harry Edward Johnson, F.C.I.S. (Secretary). Harold Woollard Hattersley (Sales). Production Executive: R. Rhymes. Service Executives: L. N. Bennett (Repairs and Service). L. Simpson (Spares Dept. Manager). Advertising Executive: E. C. Scott.
Derngate Motor Co. Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Bedford Place, Derngate, Northampton. Telephone: 2989. Also at :Bearward Street, Northampton. Telephone: 99. St. James's, Northampton. Telephone: 86o. Directors: H. G. Henly. R. G. Chandler. Col. E. H. Kenny. Secretary: T. Plant.
Desmo Ltd. Scholefield Street, Nechells, Birmingham, 7. All shares owned by H. & S. Holdings, Ltd.
Desoutter Bros. Ltd. Pneumatic and Electric portable Power tool manufacturers. The Hyde, Hendon, N.W.9. Telephone: Colindale 6346. T/A.: Desfinico Hyde, London. Directors: E. R. Desoutter (Chairman). G. H. Webb. R. C. Desoutter. Secretary: S. H. Ansell, F.I.A.C., A.A.I.A. Diamond T. Motors. Concessionaires for Diamond T. Motor Car Co., Chicago. 414, London Road, Isleworth, Middlesex. Telephone: Hounslow 7153. Directors: G. L. Gunn (Executive). S. D. Gunn.
W. R. Dick & Company, Limited. Refiners and Specialists in the Manufacture of High Grade Lubricants and Electrical Oils. 43, Grosvenor. Street, London, W.r. Telephone: Grosvenor 6050. Directors: L. W. Farrow (Chairman). H. H. R. Drossi. A. Limb. W. F. List. W. H. Senneck. A. J. Scar (Technical Adviser). A. Franks (Managing Director). G. Bowyer (Secretary). L. M. Broadway. General Sales Manager: C. F. Dennis.
Dickinson & Adams (Letchworth) Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Eastcheap, Letchworth, Herts. Telephone: II2 and 151. Directors: C. Dickinson. A. H. B. Adams. P. F. Keens. K. W. Simmons. G. Howell. General Manager: R. H. Ward.
Dickinson & Adams (Luton) Ltd. Car and Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Bridge Street, Luton, Beds. Telephone: 3535. Directors: C. Dickinson. A. H. B. Adams. P. F. Keens. K. W. Simmons. Sales Manager: F. C. Scarborough.
Dispatch Motor Co. Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 114-118, Southwark Bridge Road, London, S.E.I. Telephone: Waterloo 5881. Directors: C. A. Stern (Chairman and Managing). A. B. Collins. D. M. Rowse. T. D. Stern (Sales Manager). Works Manager: A. W. Howard, M.I.M.I. Secretary: E. F. Hart.
Distillers Co. Ltd. Owns approximately seventy subsidiary companies. Torphichen Street, Edinburgh, 3. Telephone: Edinburgh 25071. T/A.: Distillers Edinburgh. Directors: H. J. Ross (Chairman). J. A. Dewar. C. G. G. Hayman. Sir Michael K. Kielberg, K.B.E. Major Reginald Macdonald-Buchanan, M.B.E., M.C., D.L. Alfred Adams. F. C. Comery. William Reid. D. S. Forsyth. Major C. J. P. Ball, D.S.O., M.G. T. F. A. Board. R. S. Cumming. C. F. Merriman, M.C. L. A. Elgood, O.B.E., M.C., D.L., J.P., C.A. (Chairman of Management Committee). S. H. Hastic, O.B.E., M.C., B.Sc. Eric Stein. W. Walker. Marshal of the R.A.F., Lord Tedder, G.C.B. Rt. Hon. Sir Percy J. Grigg, K.C.B., K.C.S.I. J. V. Marshall, M.C., C.A. Secretary: A. F. McDonald, B.L., C.A.
Ditcher & Jennings Ltd. Car Stockists. 58-60, Chislehurst Road, Orpington, Kent. Telephone: 313. Directors: A. W. J. Ditcher. E. Ditcher. General Manager: P. W. Evans.
Lewis Dixon & Son, Limited. Interior Lighting Fittings for Cars, etc. 207, Putney Bridge Road, Putney, London, S.W.15. Telephone: Vandyke 3255/6/7. Directors: Reginald L. L. Dixon, M.Inst.B.E. (Managing). V. E. C. Dixon. Managers: A. R. Wallace (Sales). W. A. Hudson ( Works). Accountant: T. W. Arnold, A.P.C.A.
Dockers Bros. (Pinchin, Johnson & Associates, Ltd.). Rotton Park Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, 16. All shares owned by Pinchin, Johnson & Associates, Ltd.
Docks Motor Engineering Co. Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 70/76, Cleethorpe Road, Grimsby, Lincs. Telephone: 55004. Directors: Peter Stocks Sutcliffe. Mary Sutcliffe. Edward Neale Johnson, F.I.M.I.
Dominion Rubber Company. Tyre Manufacturers. 62/4, Horseferry Road, London, S.W.I. Telephone: Abbey 2053. TIA.:" Khartoum" Sowest, London. Directors: R. D. Hunt. L. C. Boos. H. S. Marlon H. E. Humphries, Junr. E. Roberts. Managers: G. A. Fairweather (General Divisional). L. J. Evans (Tyre Sales). C. W. Cainey (Tyre Service). G. H. Wride (Export). Advertising Executive: J. 0. A. Gardner. Secretary: J. H. Shave.
Donald's Garage Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Lincoln Road East, Peterborough. Telephone: 2512. And at Henry Street, Peterborough. Directors: Noel John Charles Donald (Managing). Mary Slater Donald. George William Coles (General Manager). Sales Manager: John Arthur Cracknell.
Donaldson's Garage. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Ferntower Road, Crieff, Perthshire. Telephone: 94. Partners: R. Donaldson. T. Donaldson.
Donaldson's Garage. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 33/37, High Street, and Edinburgh Road, Linlithgow. Telephone: 78. Sole Proprietor: Peter Donaldson.
Dorman (W. H.) & Co. Ltd. Manufacturers of Internal. Combustion Engines. Tixall Road, Stafford. Telephone: Stafford 641. T/A.: Dorman, Stafford. Directors: H. F. Smallwood, M.I.Mech.E. (Chairman and Managing Director). Darby Haddon. J. H. Gladstone, B.Sc. G. C. Saunders (Secretary).
Dottridge Bros. Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Dorset Garage, 120, East Road, London, N.'. Telephone: Clerkenwell 107o. Directors: Henry Roland Dottridge (Chairman and Managing). Guy Dottridge Britton. John Cecil Dottridge. E. S. G. Dottridge. E. D. Dottridge. Managers: S. P. Brown (Transport). K. M. Briggs (Assistant Transport). Senior Engineer: S. E. Mobbs. CoachbuildingDesigner: G. Jullion.
Douglas (Kingswood) Ltd. (Proprietors of Douglas (Sales and Service) Ltd.). Manufacturers of air-cooled engines, motor cycles and trucks. Telephone: Kingswood 73013. T/A.: Douglas Kingswood Bristol. Directors: Harold Whitehead, B.B.A., F.I.I.A. (Chairman). H. N. Hume, C.B.E., M.C. R. S. Dyball, M.S.M.A. C. McCormack. Secretary: W. R. L. Warnock, C.A.
L. F. Dove Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. xx2/115, Addiscombe Road, E. Croydon. Telephone: Addiscombe 3066. And branches at Wimbledon, Woking and Redbourn, Herts. Directors: L. F. Dove, F.I.M.I. (Chairman and Managing). J. S. Pickard (Deputy Chairman). P. M. H. James. J. R. Peppercorn.
Dowty Equipment Limited. Manufacturers of Accessories to the Motor, Aircraft and other Industries. Arle Court, Cheltenham. Telephone: 53471. Directors: G. H. Dowty, F.R.Ae.S. (Chairman and Managing). F. L. Blow. R. H. Bound, F.R.Ae.S. E. L. Granville, M.P. R. W. Sutton. B. A. Duncan, O.B.E., Whit. Ex., F.R.Ae.S. E. J. Nicholl, B.Sc. (Eng.). Secretary: L. Banbury.
David Drysdale Ltd. Car, Light and Heavy Vehicle Stockists. 33, Market Place, Hull, Yorks. Telephone: 35970. Director: David Drysdale.
Alexander Duckham & Co. Ltd. Lubrication Technologists. 346, Kensington High Street, London, W.14. Telephone: Western 827x. "Adcoidise," London. Directors: Jack E. Duckham, M.Inst. Pet. (Chairman). A. N. Duckham, O.B.E., M.A. (Cantab.), (Vice-Chairman). G. T. Joyce, M.Inst. Pet. (Joint Managing). A. C. Pepper, Ph.D., B.Sc, F.R.I.C., F.C.S. f H. B. Taylor, M.Inst. Pet. J. C. Gardiner, F.C.A. Managers: H. V. Hutton (Marketing). S. H. Figg (Sales—Motor Oils). H. Banham (Publicity). Regional Sales Superintendents: E. J. Mackay (Scotland). M. J. Killin (N. England). E. P. Anstee (Yorkshire). C. G. Anstee (Lancs. and Cheshire). C. J. Burton (West Midlands). H. Morris (East Midlands). G. J. Sayer (East Anglia). D. W. Powell (Home Counties—North of Thames). D. Copland (London Area). W. F. McElwain (Glos., Mons. and S. Wales). W. Hyde (Wessex). B. H. Wheeler (Home Counties—South of Thames and Sussex).
Dudley Drop Forging Company Limited. Manufacturers of Steel Drop Forgings. Holly Hall, Dudley, Worcs. Telephone: Brierley Hill 7561/4. Directors: Lewis Lowe. M. J. Lowe. G. Lowe. Secretary: M. L. Hackett.
Dunderdale & Yates Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Austin House, Fishergate, Preston. Telephone: 3076/7. Also : Toll Bar, Whalley Old Road, Blackburn. Telephone: 6867. Directors: John Dunderdale. Henry Yates.
Dunham & Haines. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 46, Castle Street, Luton. Telephone: 2100/ I. Also at 15, Langley Street, Luton and 44, Chapel Street, Luton. Managers: C. G. H. F. Dun:iam (General). A. L. Dunham (Motor Cycle). W. A. T. Cox (Service Station).
Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. Tyre, Wheel, Upholstery, Accessory, General Rubber Products and Engineering Component Manufacturers. St. James's House, St. James's Street, London, S.W.I. Telephone: Whitehall 670o. T/A.: Dunlop, London. Cable Address: Dunlop, London. Codes: Bentley's Second Phrase, Lombard General. The following list includes only those Divisions and Subsidiary Companies in the Dunlop Group which serve the Motor Industry. TYRE DIVISION, ACCESSORY DIVISION, EQUIPMENT DIVISION. Fort Dunlop, Erdington, Birmingham, 24. Telephone: Erdington 2121. T A.: Dunlops, Birmingham, 24. DUNLOPILLO DIVISION. 176, Rice Lane, Walton, Liverpool, 9. Telephone: Aintree 1691. T/A.: Waltonian, Liverpool, 9. GENERAL RUBBER GOODS DIVISION. Cambridge Street, Manchester, 1. Telephone: Central 2131. T/A.: Rubber, Manchester, I. DUNLOP RIM AND WHEEL CO. LTD. Holbrooks Lane, Foleshill, Coventry. Telephone: 88733. TIA.: Sound, Coventry. DUNLOP SPECIAL PRODUCTS LTD. Fort Dunlop, Erdington, Birmingham, 24. Telephone: Erdington 2121. T A.: Dunlops, Birmingham, 24. Principal Factories in the United Kingdom serving the Motor Industry. FORT DUNLOP, ERDINGTON, BIRMINGHAM, 24. Telephone: Erdington 2121. TIA.: Dunlops, Birmingham, 24. Motor Industry Products : Tyres and Tyre accessories, retreading, and repairing materials, solutions and adhesives, anti-vibration mountings, flexible couplings and bearings, engineer- ing components, and conductive rubber components. SPEKE, LIVERPOOL, 19. Telephone: Hunts Cross 1850. T/A.: Dunco Speke, Liverpool, 19. Motor Industry Products : Tyres and Tyre accessories, conveyor and transmission belting, rubber mudwings, flexible couplings and bearings, anti-vibration mountings, and engineering components. 68 Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd. (Continued). RICE LANE, WALTON, LIVERPOOL, 9 Telephone: Aintree 1691. T/A.: Waltonian, Liverpool, 9. Motor Industry Products : Dunlopillo latex foam upholstery, cushions and cushioning. CAMBRIDGE STREET, MANCHESTER, 1. Telephone: Central 2131. TIA.: Rubber, Manchester, 1. Motor Industry Products : Industrial, mechanical and engineering rubber products, conveyor and transmission belting, hose and fan belts. HOLBROOKS LANE, FOLESHILL, COVENTRY. Telephone: 88733. T/A.: Sound, Coventry. Motor Industry Products : Rims and Wheels for the motor cycle, motor, motor vehicle and tractor building industries, high pressure and flameproof hose assemblies. ST. MARY'S MILLS, LEICESTER. Telephone: 34242. TIA.: Pneumatic, Phone, Leicester. Motor Industry Products : Tyres, General Rubber Goods. Other Dunlop Factories at : Birkenhead, Dudley, Dunfermline, Edmonton, Garston, Glasgow, Great Chesterford, Harrogate, Nottingham, Rochdale, Stoke-on-Trent, Tyseley, Waltham Abbey and Wigan. Principal Factories Overseas : Australia, Canada, Eire, France, Germany, India, Japan, Malaya, New Zealand, South Africa and U.S.A. Branches and Depots throughout the world. DIRECTORS AND PRINCIPAL SENIOR OFFICIALS. Directors: Sir Clive Baillieu, K.B.E., C.M.G. (Chairman). G. E. Beharrell (Deputy Chairman and Managing). Sir J. George Beharrell, D.S.O. (President). Sir Alexander Aikman, C.I.E. The Hon. David Bowes Lyon. The Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew R. Duncan, G.B.E. Reay Geddes, O.B.E. (Executive). A. Healey (Executive). John H. Lord (Executive). The Hon. J. Kenneth Weir, C.B.E. Secretary: M. F. Coop. Chief Accountant: E. Holt. Chief Purchasing Agent: J. P. Anderson, C.B.E. Local Director: H. E. Price (Equipment Division.) General Sales Manager: R. C. Hiam, O.B.E. (Tyre Division). General Sales Manager: L. Harral (Dunlopillo Division). Sales Manager: F. R. Carr (Accessories Division). Overseas Sales Manager: J. M. Billane. Technical Director: F. G. W. King (Research Centre, Birmingham). Director: W. Sinclair, J.P. (Dunlop Rubber Co. (Scotland) Ltd. General Manager: J. Wright, O.B.E. (Dunlop Rim & Wheel Co. Ltd.). General Manager: W. G. Gorham (Dunlop Special Products Ltd.).
Dunlop Special Products Ltd. Accessory and Component Manufacturers. Fort Dunlop, Birmingham. Telephone: Erdington 2121. TIA " Dunlops" Birmingham. Directors: G. E. Beharrell. H. Healey. A. R. M. Geddes, O.B.E. W. H. Gorham (General Manager). E. A. Murphy (General Sales Manager). A. E. Osborn. H. Willshaw, O.B.E. F. R. Carr. Sales Manager: N. G. Bassett Smith. 69 Dunstonian Garage. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. Pens Wood, Kent. Telephone: Orpington 889 (4 lines). Proprietor: . Jack Harcourt Kemsley.
Duple Motor Bodies Ltd. Omnibus and Motor Coach Body Builders. Duple Works, The Hyde, Hendon, London, N.W.9. Telephone: Colindale 6412. T/A.: Duple Hyde, Hendon. Directors: H. R. White (Chairman). H. W. Sydenham, F.C.A. (Deputy Chairman). G. R. White (Managing and Secretary). R. E. Brown. G. F. Watts. C. C. Bailey, A.M.I.Mech.E. G. A. H. Payzc.
Dwight Bros. Ltd. Car and Light Commercial Vehicle Stockists. 167, High Street, Berkhamsted, Herts. Telephone: 19. Director: F. G. D. Dwight.
Charles Dye & Co. Motor, Cycle and Garage Equipment Factors. Sherborne Road, Yeovil. Telephone: 536/7. Also at 31, Paul Street, Taunton. Telephone: 2695/2. Sole Proprietor: Charles Edward Rodgers Dye. Managers: Ernest William Hunter (General). Wilfrid George Edmunds (Sales). Charles Henry Butcher (Taunton Branch). Head of Pricing Dept.: F. R. Harding. Secretary: Stanley Pinder.