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PACY, Douglas Arrol. Sales Director, Wico-Pacy Sales Corporation Ltd., Bletchley. Born Hornsey, 21st June, 1905. Educated at Downside College, Harrogate. After training with Joseph Lucas Ltd., at London Service Depot, joined Lodge Plugs Ltd., Rugby in 1923. Engaged in Technical Sales and Designs Department and afterwards as Competition Manager. Joined E. R. Plugs Ltd. (a subsidiary of the Ever Ready Co. Ltd.) and became a Director. Joined the above Company which is a member of the Wipac Group, in 1941. Appointed to present position, 1948. Is a member of the local U.D.C. Recreations: Golf and Gardening. Married; one son, one daughter. Private Address: The Mount, Simpson, Bletchley, Bucks. Telephone: 279.
PACY, Sydney Arrol. Former Sales Manager, Joseph Lucas Ltd., Finsbury. Born Finsbury Park, 4th April, 1878. Educated at Hertford County College, Barnet. Commenced business career with William Boyes, Solicitor, Barnet. Subsequently took a clerical post with the journal " Motor and Cycle Trader." Spent many years with Joseph Lucas Ltd., retiring in 1941. In younger days was an athlete (loo yards in II seconds) and excelled also at Football, Cricket, and Cycling. Private Address: Rose Cottage, Cublington, Bucks. Telephone: Aston Abbots 230.
PAGE, Ernest, M.I.MECH.E. With Ford Motor Co. Ltd., Dagenham. Born Manchester, 3rd October, 1902. Educated at Gorse Hill School, Stretford; Royal Technical College, Salford. Acquired exhaustive experience in marine, motor cycle and general engineering. Studied i.c. engine construction and engaged in research and experimental work on all types of i.c. engined vehicles. Was draughtsman and experimental engineer with Willys Overland Crossley Ltd., Stockport before joining present organisation.
PAGE, Harold Augustus, M.I.M.I. Service Manager, The Morris Garages Ltd., Oxford. Born Nottingham, 14th June, 1889. Educated at Mundella Secondary School, Nottingham.. Studied engineering at Nottingham University and served apprenticeship with Humbers Ltd., 1906-10. On completion of indentures employed with R. Cripps & Co., Nottingham (Repairs), with Adams Cars Ltd., Bedford (Car Test and Experimental). Wolseley Motors Ltd., Birmingham (Final Car Test). Sheffield Simplex Ltd., Sheffield (Car Test and Demonstration). Vauxhall Motors Ltd., Luton (Final Test). In October, 1914 joined R.N.A.S.. Armoured Car Division operated France and Belgium till August, 1915. Transferred to. R.N.V.R. Motor Boat Patrol serving in Mediterranean until 1918. Joined a Carburetter Co. in Sales and Service Dept. before joining present firm in 1920. Appointed Service Manager, 1925. Chairman, Berks, Oxon & South Berks Division Institute of the Motor Industry, 1939-41. Served as Senior Warden,. Civil Defence, in World War II. Recreations : Golf and Snooker. Private Address: 37, Hamilton Road, Oxford.. Telephone: 58803.
PAGE, Valentine, M.I.MECH.E. Engineer and Designer. Born London, March, 1891. Educated at Hastings Grammar School. After serving articled apprenticeship joined J. A. Prestwich Ltd. and became their Chief Designer at Tottenham. Joined Ariel Works Ltd., as Chief Designer, Birmingham leaving them to become Motor Cycle designer to Triumph Cycle Co., Coventry. Private Address: 77, Cotton Lane, Moseley,. Birmingham.
PALMER, Dennis Guy. Managing Director, Eagle Engineering Company, Ltd., Eagle Works, Warwick. Born Edgbaston, 14th June, 1910. Son of the founder of the Eagle Engineering Company, the late R. G. Palmer, M.B.E. Educated at Warwick School and studied engineering at Leamington and Acton Technical Colleges. In 1926 became apprenticed to Eagle Engineering Company, was a student also with A.E.C. Southall. First employed by the Leamington & Warwickshire Electrical Company (who, also operated a bus fleet) as shift engineer on maintenance. Later returned to Eagle Engineering as a demonstrator, taking an articulated semi-trailer, in the days when they were novelties, around the country. Became successively, Sales Representative, Sales Director, Assistant Works Manager and Managing Director, 1949. Is also a Director of J. F. Buckingham Ltd. and of the Lord Leycester Hotel, Warwick. Recreations : Travel, Boats.. Address: 21, Portland Place, Leamington Spa.. Telephone: 612.
PAM, Major Albert, O.B.E., F.L.S. Chairman, Pressed Steel Co. Ltd., Cowley and a number of other Companies. Born London, 26th June, 1875. Educated at City of London School; Frankfurt and Lausanne. Served during 1914 war under Admiralty, 1915; in France as D.A.D.G.T., H.Q. 3rd Army, 1916-18. Member of British Mission Permanent International Armistice Commission at Spa, 1918-19 (mentioned in Despatches, O.B.E., Chevalier Legion of Honour, Officer Crown of Belgium, Belgian Croix de Guerre). Recreations : Horticulture and aviculture. Club : Junior Carlton. .Private Address: Wormley Bury, Broxbourne, Herts. Telephone: Hoddesdon 2241.
PANNELL, James Andrew, M.I.MECH.E., M.INST.T. Director of Transport, John Lewis Partnership, Oxford Street, W.I. Telephone: Langham 4231. Born Stratford, 1900. Educated at Monoux Grammar School, Walthamstow. Studied at Walthamstow Polytechnic, with Daimler Co. Ltd., and with A.E.C. Ltd. Held various posts with United Automobile Services Ltd., culminating as Assistant to Chief Engineer and Operating Manager. Was actively associated with pioneering the first operation of Public Service Vehicles on pneumatic tyres. In 1932 became Chief Engineer, City of Oxford Motor Services Ltd. and in 1942 Chief Engineer, South Wales Transport Co. Ltd. and associated Companies. Appointed to present position, 1946. Married, Edith (nee Harding); one son. Recreations : Golf and Shooting. Private Address: 153, Tentelow Lane, Norwood Green, Middlesex. Telephone: Southall 2903.
PARIS, Alexander William, B.SC., A.M.I.MECH.E. Manager of Industrial and Marine Dept., Albion Motors Ltd., Glasgow. Born 19th May, 1902 at Rogart, Sutherland. Educated at Biggar High School and Royal Technical 'College, Glasgow. Took three years Mechanical Engineering Course at R.T.C., Glasgow. Graduated B.Sc. at Glasgow University. Served apprenticeship with Kennedy Motor Co., Carntyne, (making Rob Roy Cars) 1923 .and continued apprenticeship with Beardmore Light Car Works, Glasgow. Became Draughtsman with Fairey Aviation Co., Hayes and afterwards went to Beardmore Aviation Dept. in same capacity. In 1926 joined Albion Motors Ltd. with whom has been Draughtsman, Junior Designer, Service Engineer, Research Engineer and since 1950, as above. Has travelled extensively for firm, including from Abadan to the Caspian. Interested in Geography, Travel, Foreign Peoples, Psychology. Recreations : Experimenting with special cars, Music and Home Workshop. Private Address: 121, Balcarres Avenue, Glasgow, W.2. Telephone: West 6678.
PARISH, Cornelius Donald, A.M.I.M.I. Managing Director, Cornelius Parish Ltd., Hull. Born Hull, i6th August, 1912. Educated at Hymers College, Hull. Served apprenticeship in father's firm for five years. In 1931 became actively interested in Motor Racing and raced Austin sevens at Southport, Brooklands, Donnington, etc. Was in Austin Works team on several occasions and also drove at Le Mans for them. Won short race at Brooklands in 7 h.p. Austin at average speed of 97.97 m.p.h. (7th July, 1934). Was Hon. Secretary Hull Section, M.A.A. for several years during the last war and liaison officer in case of emergency. Later Chairman of Section. Delegate to Yorkshire Committee M.A.A. for several years. At present engaged in re-building Hull premises, destroyed by enemy action. Clubs : British Racing Drivers, Royal Yorkshire Yacht, Royal Automobile and Veteran Car. Interested in Motor Sport, CinePhotography and Yachting. Private Address: The Anchorage, West Leys, Swanland, E.Yorks. Telephone: Ferriby 125.
PARK, William Clare, A.A.C.C.A. Director and Secretary, Atkinson Lorries (1933) Ltd., Preston. Born Preston, 5th October, 1905. Educated at Harris Institute, Preston and became a Certified Accountant. Joined Atkinson & Co., Steam Waggon Manufacturers, 1920. Appointed Secretary Atkinson Lorries (1933) Ltd. upon its formation. Became a Director, 1941. Married; one child. Private Address: 9, Monks Walk, Penwortham, Preston. Telephone: 83612.
PARKER, Leslie Middleton, B.SC., A.M.I.MECH.E. Born Swansea, 15th February, 1900. Educated at Swansea Secondary School and Technical College. Was draughtsman with S. Wales Structural Co. until joining Jones, Clarke & Jenkins, Ltd. in 1922. Became Managing Director and Secretary. Recreation : Gardening. Private Address: 50, Park Wen Road, Sketty, Swansea.
PARKER, Reginald Charles, B.SC., PH.D., A.R.C.S., F.INST.P. Director and Manager of Technical Division, Ferodo Ltd., Chapel-en-le-Frith. Born Stechford, 17th April, 1913. Educated at Watford Grammar School; Royal College of Science, University College, London University. Was Scientific Officer, Admiralty Research Establishment, Teddington before joining Ferodo Ltd., as Manager of their Test House. Is Member of the Royal Institution. Member of M.I.R.A., Sub-Committee D. Member of Department of Scientific and Industrial Research Mechanical Engineering Research Board, Lubrication and Wear Division. Member of Buxton Round Table. Recreations : Bee-keeping, Gardening, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Travel and Spelaeology. Married, Elizabeth Croisette (née Anderson); one son, one daughter. Private Address: Brookmeade, Lansdowne Road, Buxton, Derbyshire. Telephone: 454.
PARKER, Reginald George. Proprietor, Parker and Son, Saint Ives, Hunts. Born Bridlington, 17th August, 1917. Educated at Wycliffe College, Stonehouse. In 1935 became apprenticed to Motor Engineering and served in Commercial Vehicle Workshop of his father's firm. Afterwards became a Partner in the business and also a Director of the family Long Distance Haulage firm. Served 1939-46 in Army with M.E.F. and C.M.F. Was M.T. Instructor, R.A.S.C., O.C.T.U. Demobilised with rank of Major. In addition to being proprietor of four Automobile businesses is on the Board of two other concerns. Recreations : Motor Sport, Lawn Tennis, Water Polo. Private Address: Treetops, Hartford, Huntingdonshire. Telephone: 204.
PARKER, Thomas Champness. Managing Director, Acton Bolt Ltd., 26, Chase Road, London, N.W. to. Born Cromer, 14th June, 1896. Educated at Paston School, North Walsham. As a member of Territorial Army was embodied in Norfolk Yeomanry on outbreak of 1914 war. After active service in Egypt and Gallipoli was commissioned in Royal Scots Greys. On demobilisation joined Boulton & Paul Ltd., Norwich, as buyer and then in 1923 became Director of Central Iron & Metal Co. Ltd. Left to become Managing Director of Fine Threads Ltd., and upon amalgamation of this Company with Acton Bolt in 1935, joined the Board of the latter Company, of which he is now Managing Director. Interests : Horses, Hunting and Show Jumping. Private Address: St. Catherine's Farm, Howlett's Lane, Ruislip, Middlesex. Telephone: 5562.
PARKER, William Duncan. Chief Chemist, Expandite Ltd., Cunard Road, London, N.W. o. Born London, t2th June, 1919. Tollington School, Muswell Hill, 1929-37; University College, London, 1937-40. Took first class Honours in Chemistry, University of London. In 1940 became Plant Superintendent, Nobel's Explosive Co. Ltd., leaving in 1941 to become Works and Research Chemist, Colas Products Ltd. In 1945 joined Powell, Duffryn Research Laboratories Ltd. until taking up present position in 1949. Interests : Literature and the Humanities. Private Address: 28a,Queen's Avenue, London, N. Ia. Telephone: Tudor 6911.
PARKES, Arthur Henry. Deputy Chairman and Managing Director, Small & Parkes Ltd. Born St. Annes-on-Sea, May, 1901. Educated at Malvern College. Address: c/o. Small & Parkes, Ltd., Hendham Vale Works, Manchester, 9.
PARKES, Frederick Albert. Manager, Manchester Branch, Albert Jagger Ltd. of Walsall. Born Bloxwich, 2ISt June, 1912. Educated at Bloxwich Church of England School. Trained in engineering at Walsall Technical College and became a Bench Fitter with S. Wilkes & Sons Ltd. in 1926. Remained with this firm until 1945, mainly concerned in production of Motor Car Head Fittings for new designs. During this period made contact with most leading car Manufacturers and Body Builders. Acquired Hotel in North West, in 1946 but left catering trade in 1948 to become Commercial Representative for present firm. Appointed to present position upon opening of Manchester Branch in 1950. Hobby : Music. Private Address: Lyndene, Newstcad Road, Urmston, Nr. Manchester.
PARKES, Geoffrey, C.M.G., J.P., F.T.I. Director of Small & Parkes Ltd., and other Companies. Born 24th April, 1902. Educated at Clifton College and L'Institut Technique, Roubaix. Became executive Director S. & P. Ltd., in 1925 until 1939 when appointed Director of Narrow Fabrics, M.O.S., and Hon. Adviser to Board of Trade. In 1944 appointed Director-General Textiles and Light Industries Branch, C.C.G. Became Deputy Chief (Exec.) Trade and Industry Division, Control Commission, Germany, 1946. Other Directorships include British Industrialists Assoc. Ltd., London. Is Member of Court, Manchester University. Interests : Farming and Horticulture. Club : Clarendon. Private Address: Southcroft, Wilmslow, Cheshire. Telephone: 3483.
PARKES, George Wilfred. Chairman and Managing Director, Small & Parkes Ltd., Manchester, 9. Educated at Malvern College. Recreation : Golf. Address: c o. Small & Parkes Ltd., Hendham Vale Works, Manchester, 9, Lancs.
PARKES, John Joseph. Chairman and Managing Director, Alvis Ltd., Coventry. Born 19th May, 1903. Prior to taking up present position in 1946, was Technical Manager and Test Pilot of Airwork Ltd., and General Manager with de Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd. Private Address: The Manor, Northend, Warwickshire. Telephone: Fenny Compton 75.
PARKINSON, Raymond Milner, m.sc. Chief Development Engineer, K.L.G. Sparking Plugs Ltd., Putney Vale. Born Lancaster, 1st June, 1908. Educated at Friends' School, Lancaster & Stramongate School, Kendal. Graduated in Mechanical Engineering, with 1st Class Hons. at University of Leeds in 1930. Received a two-year grant from D.S.I.R. to conduct original research on I.C. engine Combustion Problems, for which was awarded M.Sc. degree. In 1932 joined the former Sunbeam Motor Car Co. Ltd. as Technical Assistant to the late H. C. M. Stevens. In 1934 joined Rolls Royce Ltd., Experimental Dept. under Lord (then Mr. E. W.) Hives. Joined Alvis Ltd. as Experimental Engineer aero engine development and testing, 1936 leaving in 1938 to join Rotol Ltd., Gloucester, as experimental engineer and during war built up one of the best equipped Research Depts. in the aircraft industry. Chief work consisted of originating and perfecting electrical methods of strain-gauging propellers and aircraft structures, whilst in flight. In 1946 concentrated on small i.c. engine development on own account. Joined S. Smith & Sons (England) Ltd., 1949 as Chief Development Engineer, K.L.G. Sparking Plug Division. Interests : Photography and Swimming. Married, 1940, Marion (née Holland). Private Address: 139, Manor Green Road, Epsom, Surrey. Telephone: 2281.
PARKYN, Robert, B.COM. Managing Director, Knibbs Ltd., Manchester. Born Marple Bridge, 29th January, 1898. Educated at Cheadle Hulme School, and Manchester University. Commenced business career as a Civil Servant. Joined R.F.A. 1916. Served in France, 1917-19. Went to Persia for a Manchester importing and exporting firm in 1923. Returned to England, 1932 and joined present firm as Director. Chairman, East Lancs and Ches. Division of M.A.A., 1950. At present vice-Chairman and Member of Council of M.A.A. Married, 1929, Dorothy, daughter of Ralph W. Knibbs (Chairman of Knibbs Ltd.); one son, one daughter. Clubs : Old Rectory, Manchester, Bramhall Golf. Is also Managing Director of R. Parkyn Ltd., Manchester. Private Address: Marshmead, Pownall Avenue, Bramhall, Cheshire. Telephone: 1563.
PARNELL, Frank Gordon, M.I.MECH.E., ASSOC.I.N.A. Senior Sales Engineer, Automotive Products Co. Ltd., Leamington Spa. Born London, 28th June, 1892. Educated at City of London School and Northampton Institute. Became a draughtsman with Clement Talbot's in 1912. Afterwards joined Straker Squire's, Arrol Johnston and in charge of Drawing Office on design of wellknown Aero Engine. Engaged on early experiments in super-charging at Royal Aircraft Factory. In 1920-21 visited U.S.A. on behalf of Ricardo & Co. Became Chief Engineer with Triumph Company, 1923. In 193o was in charge of light car design section, Humber-Hillman. Joined present concern, 1932. Has lately given special study to problems associated with heavy vehicles. Is a member of the Council of M.I.R.A. Interests : Naval Architecture, Sailing, Languages. Private Address: 24, Glass House Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. Telephone: 6.
PARR, Edward John Ellery, F.I.M.I. Director and Secretary, The Marshall Organisation, Cambridge. Born Cambridge, 12th June, 1897. Educated at Higher Grade School and Cambridgeshire Technical College. Worked first with Cambs. County Council and for University Teachers Training Syndicate. Served three and a half years in the Army in the 1914-18 war as an N.C.O. Became Chief Clerk with present organisation in 1920 and General Manager in 1937. During 1939-45 war was responsible for M.O.S. Workshop and Army Training School. Appointed to Board of Directors, Marshall Organisation, 1943. Interested in Gardening, Tennis, Bowls and Water-colour Painting. Married; one son, one daughter. Private Address: 32, Hardwick Street, Cambridge. Telephone: 3505.
PARRISH, Luther John, A.M.C.T. Lecturer and Head of Mechanical Engineering Dept., Faraday House Engineering College, Southampton Row, London, W.C.I. Telephone: Holborn 9001. Born Lancashire, loth February, 1894. Educated at Manchester College of Technology, becoming an Associate. Spent five years apprenticeship with National Gas Engine Company. Served in World War I in Royal Flying Corps. Joined Faraday House staff in 1919. Appointed to present position, 1949. Interested in Photography and Music. Private Address: Princes Court, Wembley. Telephone: 3892.
PARSON, Herbert Angelo. Sales Manager, Pirelli Ltd., 343, Euston Road, N.W.i . Born Guernsey, 10th February, 1900. Educated at Godwin College, Cliftonville. First joined Pirelli Ltd., in 1922 after working with Wood-Milne & Spencer Moulton (1919-22). In 1928 joined Firestone Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd. Re-joined present firm in 193o as Sales Representative in Southampton. Transferred to Birmingham, 1932. Promoted Regional Manager, Birmingham, 1935. Manager Tyre Sales Division, 1948. Sales Manager, 195o. Clubs include : British Automobile Racing, Royal Scottish Automobile, Roadfarers', Fellowship of Motor Industry, Incorporated Sales Managers' Association. Private Address: St. Ann's Lodge, St. Ann's Hill, Chertsey. Telephone: 3270.
PARSONS, Howard Dudley. District Manager, Devon & Cornwall Tyre Division, Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., 14/17, Manor Street, Plymouth. Born Walsall, 19th October, 1889. Educated at Queen Mary's School, Walsall. Joined Dunlop's at Aston Cross as a clerk in 1905. Became Branch Manager, Liverpool, 1914-19. Advertising Manager, 1920-25. District Manager, Southampton, 1942-45. Appointed to present position, 1945. President of Rotary Club of Plymouth, 194011. Interests : Social Service. Private Address: Abergeldie, Noss Mayo, Plymouth. Telephone: Newton Ferrers 408.
PARTRIDGE, Sydney. Partner, Kelross Garage, Highbury, N.5. Born Hackney, London, E.8. Educated abroad. Studied engineering and became Manufacturers Racing Assistant. Started present business with his wife in 1925. Is a toolmaker, body-builder and manufacturer of spare parts. Recreations : Golf and Motoring. Club : Liaison, Princes Arcade, Piccadilly. Private Address: 3, Hamilton Park, London, N.5. Telephone: Canonbury 319o.
PARTRIDGE, Winifred Hilda. Partner, Kelross Garage, Highbury, N.5. Born King's Lynn, Norfolk. Educated at Fairfield House, East Dereham. Became connected with the Industry as a Secretary in 1914. Has had technical training in engineering as well as commercial subjects. Interests : Golf and Motoring. Entered into partnership with Sydney Partridge (q.v.) in 1925. Private Address: 3, Hamilton Park, London, N.5. Telephone: Canonbury 3190.
PASCALL, Martin Roy. Managing Director, M. R. Pascall Limited, Oakengates. Born Oakengates, 23rd March, 1914. Educated at Walker Technical College. Served apprenticeship with Ensor Caravans, opened existing business in March, 1937 with one employee. As Class F. Reserve R.A.F. pilot was called up September, 1939, having to close down business. Discharged on medical grounds and re-opened business in 1942. Has been connected with the caravan industry for 22 years, i.e. since the commencement of the industry. Recreations : Farming and Shooting. Private Address: Hayfields, Lilleshall, Nr. Wellington, Shropshire. Telephone: 246.
PASCOE, Frederick John, B.A. Chairman and Managing Director of Timken Ltd., Aston, Birmingham and Duston. Born Redruth, 19th March, 1893. Educated at Exeter School and St. John's College, Cambridge (Mechanical Sciences Tripos). After serving in 1914-18 war in the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry and in the Signal Service, entered Leeds Forge Engineering Co. Ltd. as apprentice in March, 1919. Became Managing Director of present firm in 1940 and Chairman of the Board, 1950. Is also Chairman of Fischer Bearings Co. Ltd., Director of Aberdare Cables Ltd., and Chapelfoot Finance Co. Ltd. and President of the Societe Anonyme Francaise Timken. Committee Member of Northants C.C.C. Chairman Kettering Town Football Club. Married, Margaret Esson (née Scott); one daughter, one son. Private Address: Broomhill, Spratton, Northampton. Telephone: Creaton 247.
PASS, Archibald Harry. Managing Director, Pass and Joyce, Ltd., London. Born Aylesbury, 27th September, 1880. Educated Private and Grammar Schools. 1895, apprentice in father's Coachbuilding business. 1901, joined H. J. Mulliner in London. 1902, started with Benz Concessionaires as Mechanic Demonstrator. 1904, General Manager with A. Carlish, Ltd., continuing when firm became Car Mart, Ltd. 1914, joined London Volunteer Rifles (M.T.) 1915, turned Car Mart Works over to Munitions. 1924, formed present firm with four Depots. 1939, with Briggs Motor Bodies and James Young of Bromley, turning out War equipment. 1945, took up present position in Pass & Joyce, Ltd. Recreations : Monte Carlo Rallies and Hillclimbing in this country; Golf. Private Address: 18, Romney Court, Winchelsea Gardens, Worthing, Sussex. Telephone: 1828.
PATON, Walter Alexander. Chairman and Managing Director, Mann Egerton & Co. Ltd., Norwich. Born Bromborough, 14th December, 1897. Educated at Uppingham School. Joined Army on leaving school in 1916. Served in Machinegun and Tank corps as Lieut. (mentioned in Despatches) active service in France. In 1920 joined present firm as pupil, subsequently held various executive positions and was appointed a Director in 1933. Re-joined Army and served during 1939 war in Royal Tank Regt. Served in U.K. and for three years in N. Africa (M.C. and twice mentioned in Despatches). Wounded near Tunis. Released as Lt.-Col. and re-joined Mann Egerton in 1944 as General Manager. Became Managing Director, 1946 and Chairman 1948. Recreations : Travel, Ski-ing, Golf.
PATTENDEN, Robert Elliott, D.F.H., A.M.I.E.E. Works Director, Boshier & Pattenden, Ltd., Norwich. Born Norwich, 19th February, 1914. Educated at King Edward Grammar School, Norwich. In 1932 became articled pupil with Borough Electrical Engineer, Great Yarmouth, leaving in 1934 to attend Faraday House Engineering College, London. In 1936 became Testing Engineer and Assistant to Resident Engineer in charge of Southern Rly. Main line electrification scheme. In 1938 became engineer in Remote Control Dept. Standard Telephones & Cables Ltd., New Southgate, N.14. In 1940 joined Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve as Sub-Lieutenant and worked on all methods of de-gaussing ships against under-water magnetic warfare. Released, 1946, with rank of Lieut-Comdr. (L) R.N.V.R. Became Service Manager prior to joining S. J. Boshier in partnership and forming present Company in June, 1949. Is also Director of a Photographic business. Keenly interested in Motor Racing. Founder Member of Norfolk and Norwich Society of Model Engineers. Recreations: Tennis, Sailing and Motor Sport. Married, 1943, to Jocelyn (née Robins-Billing); one son, one daughter. Private Address: " Spanners," Eaton Road, Norwich. Telephone: Eaton 1039.
PATERSON, Denis Gordon. Managing Director, Manor Garage (Paignton) Ltd., Paignton. Born Lapworth, 30th April, 1918. Educated at Uppingham School. Studied engineering at Coventry Technical College. Served apprenticeship with Armstrong Siddeley Motors Ltd., 1935-38. In early 1939 joined P. J. Evans Ltd., Birmingham and later in the year joined R.A.F. serving until joining Manor Garage Ltd. in 1946. Became Managing Director, 1949. Interests : Round Table and Rotary. Private Address: Merriden, Tor Close, Paignton, Devon. Telephone: Churston 81165.
PATTERSON, John Walker. Managing Director, John Patterson, Ltd., Belfast, N.I. Born Belfast, 2ISt October, 1915. Educated at Methodist College and Queen's University, Belfast. Represented school and University at Cricket. Acquired engineering experience with Victor Ltd., Belfast and became a junior salesman in 1932. Interests : Golf, Motor Sport and Swimming. Married, 1949; one son. Private Address: Downdrift, Dundonald, Co. Down, N.I. Telephone: Belfast 55208.
PATTON, Alexander Marcus. Director, Charles Hurst Ltd., Belfast. Born Bangor, 4th April, 1882. Educated at Bangor Grammar School. Received technical training with Coombe, Barbour & Coombe and with Fairbairn and Lawson. Joined present firm in 1907 as Manager. Interests : Tennis, Golf, Gardening and Yachting. Private Address: D unraven, Bangor, Co. Down, N. Ireland. Telephone: 284.
PAUL, Cyril. Racing Motorist and Automobile Engineer. Born 31st May, 1903. Educated at Highgate School. Served apprenticeship to automobile engineering. Commenced racing cars in 1922. Drove for: Austro-Daimler, Beardmore, Sunbeam, Lea-Francis, Alvis, Alfa-Romeo, Bentley and Riley. Acquired garage and Engineering works at Finchley where he engaged in high class tuning. Subsequently joined Brooklands Motor Co. of Euston Road, N.W. Recreation : Golf. Club : British Racing Drivers'.
PAUL, Frederick Henry, M.I.MECH.E. Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Born Bromley, Kent, 14th May, 1887. Educated at Hayes Grammar School; Merchant Venturers' College, Bristol. Trained as an engineer and commenced business career with Bristol Tramways & Carriage Co. with which firm spent 15 years. Left to join Garlick Burrell & Edwards, Ltd. as Engineer and Maintenance Manager. Recreation: Golf. Private Address: Clifton, Woodthorne Road, Tettenhall, Staffs.
PAYEN, Etienne. Works Director, J. Payen Ltd., Slough. Born Lyons, 1901. Educated in France. On leaving school in 1918 joined present firm (founded by his father, Joseph Paton, in 1907) and served in technical capacity. Firm is now a subsidiary of Engineering Components Ltd., of which Company the subject of this biography is also a Director. Recreation: Fishing. Private Address: 45, Sutton Avenue, Langley Road, Slough.
PAYNE, Samuel Wishart, F.I.M.I. General Manager, Hartley & Midgley Ltd., Kingsway Depot, Hove, 3. Born Brighton, 24th August, 1903. Educated at Stanford Road School, Brighton. Served five years indentured apprenticeship with The Palace Pier Garage & Motor Works Ltd., Kemp Town, commencing in 1919. In 1930 joined George Newman & Co. (Brighton) Ltd., later joined Seymours Garage and subsequently became Manager of Mann's Motors, Brighton. Returned to Newman's as Service Manager in 1939. Left in 1952 to take up present position. Interested in Educational and Christian Youth Work. Past-Chairman Mid-Sussex Section, M.A.A. and of Sussex Region, I.M.I. Chairman, 1951, of S.E. Division, M.A.A. Member of I.M.I., M.A.A. and S.B.M. Councils and Member of Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce Council. Private Address: 26, Sunnydale Avenue, Brighton, 6. Telephone: 54914.
PEACOCK, Kenneth Swift. Director of Bayliss, Jones & Bayliss, Ltd., Wolverhampton. Born 19th February, 1902. Educated at Oundle School. Served with Guest, Keen & Nettlefolds Ltd. in varying capacities, becoming their Managing Director in 1936. Is also a Director of Lloyds Bank Ltd. Recreations : Hunting, Riding and Sailing. Clubs : Junior Carlton, Royal Automobile and Union (Birmingham). Private Address: Lower Coscombe, Temple Guiting, Gloucestershire. Telephone: Stanton 221.
PEALL, Gordon Frederick. Director, Lucas of Brixton Hill, Limited, S.W.2. Born Brixton, 15th February, 1883. Educated at Dulwich College. First became interested in cars through owning a Mors Dogcart Motor Car in 1898. Afterwards drove a 6 h.p. Daimler and a 3i h.p. Benz in 1900. Became apprenticed with Brotherhood Crocker Motors Ltd. in 1903, then making the Brotherhood car. Left in 1906 joining Harvey du Cros as Sales Manager, Gladiator cars. Commenced in business on own account, 1908, dealing in new and used cars up to 1916 when joined Gordon Watney & Co. Ltd. of Weybridge as assistant engineer making and repairing aeroengines during the first World War. In 1922 became Director of present firm. In 1901 obtained a diploma for a non-stop run from London to Southsea on a 6 h.p. Daimler. Is a member of the " Circle of 19th Century Motorists." Recreation : Billiards. Private Address: 56, Wyatt Park Road, Streatham Hill, S.W.Z. Telephone: Tulse Hill 6926.
PEARCE, John Henry. General Manager, Frank Chick Ltd., Exeter. Born Putney, 2nd November, 1908. Educated at Battersea Grammar School. On leaving school joined Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., remaining with them for eight years until 1933. In that year joined East London Rubber. Co. Ltd., becoming buying manager. In 1941 joined R.A.O.C., serving in Gibraltar and the Far East as Lieut.-Colonel until 1946. On demobilisation joined Frank Chick Ltd. as. General Manager.
PEARE, Charles Loftus. Partner, W. F. Peare & Sons, Dublin. Born Waterford, 8th September, 1906. Educated at Morgan's School, Castleknock, Co. Dublin. Joined Dunlop Rubber Co., Birmingham where his father had been Transport Manager and learnt there technicalities. concerning tyre manufacture and service. In 1930 returned to Dublin becoming mechanical foreman with the Irish Omnibus Co. Ltd. Left in 1935 to join with his father and subsequently also his brother in forming the business, as it is to-day of Consulting Engineers and Assessors. Did war work on Aircraft repair and construction. Married, Mary (née Dolan), grand-daughter of Dominick A. Dolan, Bolton Street, Dublin, the original representative of the Anglo-American Oil Co. Ltd. in Ireland. Interests : Golf, Cricket and most outdoor games. Private Address: Burlington Lodge, Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Telephone: 335.
PEARSON, Andrew. Director and General Manager, Ritz Motors. Ltd., Gateshead. Born Wallsend, 30th March, 1914. Educated at Wallsend. Commenced the study of the principles of electricity when eleven years old. Had ten years experience with Dailmer's and one year with his father learning coachbuilding before starting business in Wallsend in 1938. Closed down and became Chief Planning Engineer, in Aircraft Industry during war. Restarted with above Company which specialises in electric vehicles. Recreations : Electronics and Music. Married, 1945; one son. Private Address: 167, Coast Road, Newcastle, 7. Telephone: 62685.
PEARSON, Joseph Rex, M.I.M.I., M.I.MECH.E., A.I.B.A.E. Proprietor, C. Milsted & Sons, Tenterden. Born Appledare, 1st August, 1902. Educated at Deal School; King's School, Canterbury. In 1919 became a pupil with Messrs John I. Thornycroft & Co. Ltd., Basingstoke. Left in 1934 to join present firm as partner—became sole proprietor in 1936. Went to India to arrange service for " Comet " flown by Waller and Jones in London-Melbourne race and their subsequent " Boomerang " flights. During 1939 war was responsible for hiring-out of more than 800 agricultural machines to farmers over about 450 sq. miles of Kent and his firm was responsible for their upkeep and repair. Firm claims to have been founded before 1600 A.D. as Edge Tool manufacturers; original forge still used. Recreations : Ski-ing, Winter Sports and Shooting. Private Address: Hollin, Tenterden, Kent Telephone: 12.
PEDLEY, Frank Archibald. Director, King & Harper Ltd., Cambridge. Born Grantchester, 8th October, 1899. Educated at Higher Grade School, Cambridge. Received technical instruction in Cambridge University Engineering Laboratories. Joined A.S.C. later R.A.S.C. and served in France during 1914-18 war. Became pupil with John Howard Ltd., Bedford. Joined present firm in 1919, becoming Commercial Vehicle Sales Manager, 1925 and a Director in 1947. Ex-Chairman, M.A.A. Eastern Division. Present Chairman, B.E.N., Eastern Centre. Chairman Cambridge Advisory Committee, Min. of National Insurance. Recreations : Gardening and Fishing. Private Address: 45, Thornton Road, Cambridge. Telephone: 76373.
PELERIN, William Gustavus Walter. Director, Engelbert & Co. (Lubricating Oils) Ltd., E.C.2. Born 28th December, 1872. Educated at Dr. Bell's Camden High School. Joined present firm in 1888 as junior clerk. Supervised the shipping side of the business for many years. In 1907 took over outside work—Government and Commercial contracts. Appointed to the Board of Directors, 1943. Has attended more than 44 Motor Shows and been with his firm for 63 years. Interests : Tennis, Football and Bowls. Private Address: 3, Golders Gardens, Golders Green, London, N.W.II. Telephone: Speedwell 3385.
PENMAN, James Black, M.C., F.I.B.C.A.M. Director, A. C. Penman Ltd., Dumfries. Born Dumfries, 14th February, 1893. Educated at Dumfries Academy and Abbotsholme School. Studied Coachbuilding at Polytechnic winning two City and Guilds Medals. In 1913 became a Draughtsman with Wolseley's at Adderley Park. Joined present firm before joining 5th K.O.S.B. and serving mostly in the Middle East. Captain. Wounded. Awarded M.C. Rejoined A. C. Penman Ltd. in 1919 as Director in charge of Coachbuilding. On Councils of M.A.A., N.F.V.T. and I.B.C.A.M. President of I.B.C.A.M., 1928. .Special Constable, 1926-47—Inspector. Rear Commodore Solway Yacht Club 1947/48. Recreations : Sailing, Fishing, Sketching and Bowls. Married; two daughters. Private Address: Mile Ash, Dumfries. Telephone: 497.
PENMAN, John Semple. Managing Director, A. C. Penman Ltd. Born Dumfries, 7th February, 1897. Educated at Abbotsholme School (exhibitioner). Became an engineer apprentice with present firm in 1914. Served with K.O.S.B. and M.G.C. until wounded in 1917. Rejoined A. C. Penman Ltd. in 1919. Became a Director, 1920. Deputy Chief Warden, Dumfries, 1943/45. Married, 1923. Is a Member of Disablement Committee, Youth Employment Committee, and the Local Rotary Club. Interests : Sailing, Yacht Designing and Painting. Private Address: Airlie, Dumfries. Telephone: 580.
PENMAN, Maxwell. Director, A. C. Penman Ltd., Dumfries. Born Castle Douglas, 29th August, 1879. Served apprenticeship with J. B. Penman, Castle Douglas and studied engineering at Technical school in London. Acquired control of J. B. Penman business and subsequently amalgamated with A. C. Penman forming present business with himself as Director. Interested in water colours, sketching and literature. Address: c/o. A. C. Penman Ltd., Queensbury Motor Works, Dumfries.
PENTLAND, George Charles, B.A. (CANTAB), A.M.I.MECH.E. Chartered Mechanical Engineer. Born Dublin, 15th February, 1890. Educated at Malvern; Caius College, Cambridge. Took B.A. in Engineering Science. Became Asst. Engineer to Rathmines U.D.C. prior to serving 1914-19 in Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in Machine Gun Corps and in R.A.F. In 1919 joined A. Gray & Co. Ltd., subsequently becoming a Director of this Guildford firm. Recreations : Shooting, Fishing and Golf. Private Address: The Hutch, Shalford, Guildford, Surrey. Telephone: Shalford 59
PEPPER, Albert Cecil, PH.D., B.SC., F.R.I.C., F.C.S. Joint Managing Director, Alexander Duckham & Co. Ltd., W.6. Born Mount Sorrel, Leicester, 24th February, 1914. Educated at Loughborough College; London University. Spent early life farming in Leicestershire. Secured scholarship which led to academic career and specialisation in Chemistry. Became a research chemist with present firm in 1936. Benefitted from the business training and sagacity of Alexander Duckham. Appointed to the Board of Directors, 1941. Married; one daughter, one son. Recreations : Gardening, Shooting and Motoring. Private Address: Charnwood, Burney Road, Westhumble, Nr. Dorking, Surrey. Telephone: Dorking 3629.
PEPPERCORN, John Roy, m.r.m.i. Director and Secretary, L. F. Dove Ltd., East Croydon and Branches. Born St. Johns, London, S.E., 2nd October, 1905. Educated at St. Dunstans College, Catford, S.E.6. On leaving school entered Tea Brokers' office as junior clerk. Joined present firm when it was formed as a Limited Company in 1928, as Secretary at Head Office at Croydon. Opened new Branch at Woking as Manager in 1937. Appointed Director, 1940. L. F. Dove (Tractors) Limited, Redbourn, was formed in 1948 and became Director and Secretary of this Company also. Was Hon. Secretary, Mid Surrey Section, Motor Agents' Association, 1938-47. Vice-Chairman, 1948-5/. Served as one of Employers' Representatives on S. Eastern Area Committee, for Motor Vehicle Retail and Repairing Trade since 1948. Married, 1938; two daughters. Is a keen Rotarian. Interested in Carpentry, Gardening and Cricket. Private Address: Veryan, Woodham Road, Woking. Telephone: 509.
PERKINS, Cedric Ellis. Manager, G. K. Tyre Services, Manchester, 8. Born Manchester, 17th September, 1921. Educated at Rutherglen Academy, Nr. Glasgow; Skerry's College. Joined R.A.S.C., 1941, served mostly in Middle East. Returned to Manchester on demobilisation in 1946 and in 1947 became a tyre representative. In 1949, joined present Company in similar capacity. Promoted to present position, 1951. Recreations : Golf, Shooting and Swimming. Private Address:4r, Sandhurst Avenue, Withington, Manchester, 20. Telephone: Didsbury 4430.
PERKINS, Dudley George, A.M.I.MECH.E. Experimental Manager, Vauxhall Motors Ltd., Luton. Born Northampton, 26th November, 1901. Educated at Northampton Town and County School. Received tuition at Kettering Technical School. Served five years apprenticeship to general engineering with C. Wicksteed & Co. Ltd. before becoming a short-term student with Vauxhall Motors Ltd., in 1923. Became a Maintenance Instructor in 1924 in charge of Service Reception at London Service Depot, 1925/7. Sales Field Representative 1927/8.. Assistant to Sales Manager and Technical Assistant in Service Dept., 1929. In charge of Parts Supply Records Dept., 1929-34. Engaged in.preparation of Technical Service literature, 1935. Service Engineer covering W. Scotland and N. W. England areas; in 1937 became Assistant Experimental Engineer and promoted to present position, 1944. Private Address: Southways, Browning Road, Harpenden, Herts. Telephone: 3291.
PERKINS, Thomas Hugh Richard. Director, F. Perkins Ltd., Peterborough. Born Peterborough, 3oth January, 1924_ Educated at Shrewsbury School. Became a trainee with present firm until joining R.A.F. in 1942. Re-joined firm on demobilisation in 1946 and became a Director in r951. Married in New Zealand, 195o to Elizabeth (née Daniell); twin daughters. Recreations Riding, Fishing, Shooting and Yachting. Private Address: Thornhaugh Hall, Nr. Peterborough. Telephone: Wansford 208.
PERRETT, John Bertram, A.M.I.MECH.E., M.S.A.E., F.R.H.S. Technical Manager, Trojan Ltd., Croydon.. Born London, loth February, 1912. Educated at Kingston Technical College. Studied engineering at Regent Street Polytechnic. Served apprenticeship with G. Wailes & Co. and afterwards became draughtsman with Thomson & Taylor (Brooklands) Ltd. under Reid A. Railton. Worked with M.G. Car Co. and Vauxhall Motors Ltd. before becoming chief designer with Robot Gears Ltd. During the war was designer with Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd., at their fighting vehicles research establishment at Chertsey. In 1945 appointed chief designer of A.F.N. Ltd. for Frazer Nash and Bristol cars. Married, 1939, Dorothy (nee Ham) of Richmond, Surrey. Recreations : Yachting, Swimming and Gardening. Private Address: Dorboys, Wolsey Drive,. Walton-on-Thames. Telephone: 3740.
PERRY, Rt. Hon. LORD, K.B.E., LL.D., F.R.G.S., M.I.MECH.E. Director of Ford Motor Co. Ltd., of Firestone Tyre and Rubber Co. Ltd. and other Companies. Born 18th March, 1878. Educated at King Edward School, Birmingham. Became President Motor Trade Association, 1914-1516. Director Food Production, 1916. Director Agricultural Machinery Department, Ministry of Munitions, 1917-18. Held other important positions connected with Munitions, Mechanical Warfare, and Food Production. In 1939 became Business Adviser to Minister of Food. Is holder of the following Orders : Officer of the Legion of Honour; Commander of Order of Leopold II, Knight Commander of Royal Order of George I, Commander of Order of Dannebrog, King Christian Xth Liberty Medal (Denmark), Commander of the North. Star (Sweden), Grand Cross of the Finnish Lion Order. Has written a number of books, pamphlets and papers. Clubs : Brook's,, Reform, Royal Automobile, Portland. Address: Lilystone Hall, Stock, Essex.
PETCH, Eric Norman. Managing Director, Polegate Motor Co. Ltd.. and of Hill & Co (Tools) Ltd., of Polegate, Sussex. Born Huddersfield, 28th April, 1915. Educated at Parnall Ash College, Harrogate and in H.M.S. Worcester at Greenhithe where he learned marine engineering. Joined local firm to learn clerical and costing work before starting his own engineering and coachbuilding business in 1936. Called up, 1939 but afterwards released as medically unfit and carried on business under M.O.S. chiefly constructing ambulances, fire tenders, army tractors, etc. Sold this business in 1945 and acquired new concerns as above. Recreations : Shooting, Motor Sport. Private Address: Island Close House, Polegate, Sussex. Telephone: 6.
PETERS, Frank Dalby. Director, The Clyde Automobile Co. Ltd., Glasgow, C.2. Born Hyde, 4th January, 1912. Educated at Clifton College and Leeds High School. Served apprenticeship at Consett Iron Co. Ltd., and studied engineering at Consett Grammar School. In 1937 joined Sales Department of S.A.T. Sales and Service Co. Ltd., Carlisle. Served six years as a gunner in Field Artillery. Demobilised with rank of Captain and returned to S.M.T. Sales and Service as Salesman until 1947 when left to join present concern, as Sales Manager. Appointed to Board, 1951. Interests : Gardening and Photography. Private Address: Rowanlea, Greenfaulds, Cunbernauld, Dunbartonshire. Telephone: Cunbernauld 321.
PETERS, Frederick William. Director, Sales and Administration, Peters Motors Ltd., Bishopton. Born Barrhead, 25th April, 1912. Educated at Barrhead High School, and Sion College. Was a sanitary engineer prior to joining Mr. James Peters as General Manager in 1936. In charge of local A.F.S. during the war. Fond of Farming, Country Life and Pursuits. Private Address: Ormlie, Bishopton, Renfrewshire. Telephone: Bishopton 80.
PETERS, James, A.M.I.MECH.E., F.I.M.I. Founder and Managing Director, Peters Motors Ltd., Bishopton. Born Barrhead, 21st August, 191o. Educated at Barrhead Higher Grade School and Allan Glen's School. Studied engineering at Royal Technical College and became apprenticed to Albion. Motors in 1926. In 1931 became JigTool Draughtsman until 1933 when left to start small garage on own account. Took larger premises, 1934 and personally, with help of three apprentices, extended these in 1938. Added a further large extension in 1948. Owns an International 8 metre Yacht. Interested in Cruising, Fishing and Shooting. Member of Royal Ocean Racing Club. Married, 1939; three sons. Private Address: Glen Orchy, Bishopton, Renfrewshire. Telephone: Bishopton 74.
PETO, Cyril Arthur Fraser. Director, C. A. Peto Ltd., London, W.I. Born Kensington, 1896. Educated at St. Paul's School, London. Studied engineering at City and Guilds Technical College, Finsbury. Served apprenticeship with Zenith Motor Cycle Co. and then with A.B.C. Motors. Joined Eric Campbell & Co. on Sales and Advertising. Became Sales Manager, William Beattie of Bristol and afterwards to Windmill & Lewis of Bristol. In 1924 joined Lanchester Motor Co. and represented Lanchesters at first Wembley Exhibition. In 1930 joined Car Mart Ltd. (Park Lane) until 1939. From 1940 until 1944 was a Consulting Engineer, establishing his present Mayfair showrooms in 1944. The firm became a subsidiary of J. Olding & Co. Ltd. Group in 1951. Is a Member of the Fellowship of the Motor Industry. Club : Constitutional, London. Married, Muriel Helen (née Forbes) of Aberdeen. Private Address: 40, Buckingham Palace Road, Westminster, S.W.I.
PHILLIPS, Arnold Webb. General Manager, Royal Automobile Club, 83, Pall Mall, S.W.I. Born Norfolk, 1890. Educated at Norwich School. Served in 1914 war in Norfolk Yeomanry, Royal Fusiliers, Royal Flying Corps. (Awarded Military Cross, Mentioned in Despatches). Became Press Secretary to Auto-Cycle Union in 1922. Became Publicity Manager and Motor Cycle Manager, R.A.C. in 1923 and in 1929 also Competitions Manager. General Manager, R.A.C. Associate Section, 1944. Joint Honorary Secretary Standing Joint Committee R.A.C., A.A., and R.S.A.C., 1944. Member of the Fellowship of the Motor Industry. Liveryman Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers Company. Freeman of the City of London. Chevalier, 1st Class, Order of St Olay. Chevalier of the Order of the Danneborg and Chevalier of the Royal Order of Vasa. Recreations : Golf and Motoring. Private Address: 39, Manor Road, Ashford, Middlesex. Telephone: 2050.
PHILLIPS, Arthur Francis Palmer. Director Lincoln & Nolan (Holdings) Ltd., and associated Companies. Born Herne Bay, 1880. Educated at University College, London. Worked as a journalist prior to becoming Sales Manager in 1913. Served in 1914 war, in East Africa and France. Became Sales Director with Vauxhall Motors Ltd., with whom he worked for 24 years. Past President of: Society of M.M. & T., B.M.T.A., I.M.I. and Fellowship of the Motor Industry. Club : R.A.C. Married with two children. Is also a Director of Lawson Pigott Motors Ltd., of Cyclemaster Ltd., of Tokenhouse Securities Corporation Ltd., and of Automotive Press Bureau Ltd. Private Address: Kirkeaton, Longcroft Avenue, Harpenden, Herts. Telephone: Harpenden 143.
PHILLIPS, Lewis. Manager, London Street Garage Ltd., Whittlesey. Born Pondsbridge, loth May, 1901. Educated locally and became apprenticed to Motor Engineering in 1916. Stayed in same firm and became Manager in 1943. Private Address: 17, London Street, Whittlesey. Telephone: 3172.
PHILLIPS, Sidney Charles. General Manager, Modern Service (Wimbledon) Ltd. Born Wimbledon, 11th May, 1919. Educated at Haydon School, Wimbledon and became an apprentice with present Company on leaving school. Joined R.A.F. in 1939, serving with S.E.A.C. for three years. Upon demobilisation in 1945, became Service Manager on return to firm. Became a Director of Morgans (Wimbledon) Ltd. in 1949. Married. Interests : Gardening, Football and Travel. Private Address: 24, Glebe Avenue, Mitcham, Surrey.
PHILLIPS, Victor Michael. Managing Director, Broadway Equipment Ltd., London, N.W.3. Born Cardiff, 26th April, 1909. Educated at Clifton College. Travelled extensively abroad on leaving school, later became articled clerk to a firm of estate agents and surveyors in Cardiff. Served with R.A.F. during war— mostly on the Continent. On demobilisation joined present firm of Garage Equipment Manufacturers (1946) and later became a Director. Is also a Director of Parr Machinery Ltd. Fellow of the Institute of Directors, 1951. Is Secretary of Pearson Phillips Ltd., Roxborough Press Ltd. and also of Parway House. From 1936 until 1941 was a Director of Phillips Machine Tool Co. Makes frequent business trips abroad and is associated with Ets R. Dumas, Courbevoie, France (who are also manufacturers of garage equipment). Recreations : Shooting, Riding, Tennis, Golf and Swimming. Private Address: 262, Finchley Road, Hampstead, N.W.3. Telephone: 8606.
PHILLIPS, William Neville Gardner, B.A.(CANTAB), A.M.I.MECH.E. In charge of Special Services Department, Rootes Ltd., Piccadilly. Born Craigavad, Co. Down, 21St June, 1900. Educated at Shrewsbury School and Caius College, Cambridge (B.A.Mech. Sciences Tripos, 1919-21). In 1921 became Junior Draughtsman, Vauxhall Motors Ltd. Joined Amac Ltd., in 1924 as Assistant Technical Manager. Became Midlands Editorial Representative, Trader Publishing Co. Ltd., 1927-30, editor of " Motor Cycle & Cycle Trader," 1930-9, Managing Editor The Export Trader " and British Engineers Export Journal " 1937-9. Joined Mechanization Board, Ministry of Supply, January, 1940 and became Deputy Director in charge of wheeled vehicle design. Left M. of Supply in 1946 and practised as a consulting engineer until taking up present appointment with Rootes Ltd., in 1947. Married, Elizabeth (nee Connolly); one son. Interests : Continental Travel, Cricket and Hockey. Private Address: Ardavon, Sandy Lane, Kingswood, Surrey. Telephone: Mogador 2049.
PICKARD, Joseph Allen, B.SC., A.R.C.S., F.R.I.C., M.I.CHEM.E. Technical Director, The Metafiltration Co. Ltd., Hounslow. Born London, 23rd July, 1886. Educated at City of London School; Royal College of Science; London University. After research work with Sir Gilbert Morgan, F.R.S., entered Research Department, Woolwich Arsenal. Became a Consulting Engineer and Chemist. Twice Carnegie Scholar of the Iron & Steel Institute. With Hele-Shaw developed the Stream-Line Filter and later formed the Metafiltration Co. Ltd. Is author of many scientific papers and technical articles. Is also an inventor and patentee. Interests : Philosophy and Gardening. Private Address: 21, Rosemont Road, Acton, London, W.3. Telephone: Acorn 4419.
PICKERING, Arthur Digby. Managing Director, Banks Equipment Limited, Bradford. Born Bradford, 24th May, 1910. Educated at Bradford Grammar School. Trained as Accountant. Became Accountant with present firm in 1936 and later appointed to the Board. Interested in Rifle Shooting and Model Engineering. Private Address: 230, Bradford Road, Shipley. Telephone: 53049.
PIGGOTT-SMITH, Ernest Godfrey. Sales Manager, Roland C. Bellamy, Ltd., Grimsby. Born Irby-on-Humber, 25th June, 1907. Educated at Pocklington. Left school in 1924 and became an articled pupil with a firm of Architects 1924-28. Went to S. America in 1929 to take up a post with the Peruvian Government. Shortly after arrival there General Revolution broke out in Peru and he became Manager of a Ranch in the AncleE until 1932. Returned to England and joined present firm on Sales Staff until joining 2/I.C. 498 Battery, R.A. (1939-42). Camp Commandant No. I L. of C. Sub Area in North Africa, Sicily and Italy until 1945. Appointed Assistant Town Major of Rome until demobilisation in 1945 when returned to present firm. Interests : Motor Sport and Golf. Private Address: Laburnum Cottage, South Killingholme, Lincolnshire. Telephone: 269.
PILCH, Reginald Sutherland. Export Sales Manager,Rootes Ltd., Devonshire House, Piccadilly, W.I. Born London, 7th December, 1909. Educated at Sevenoaks School. Received special training course with Chrysler Corporation, London and Detroit, 1926-28. In 1929 joined French Motorcar Company, Calcutta, India, becoming Sales Manager in 1934. Joined Standard Motor Company, Coventry in 1936 as Eastern Representative and travelled extensively throughout all countries east of Suez. In 1945 joined Rootes Ltd., as Export Sales Manager. Interests : Golf and Gardening. Private Address: The Croft, Firs Avenue, East Sheen, S.W.14. Telephone: 4913.
PILCHER, Ronald. Director, Arthur Charles Ltd., Shrewsbury. Born Shrewsbury, October, 1901. Educated at Shrewsbury School. Served short apprenticeship with Castle Motor Co. Ltd., of Kidderminster and was transferred to Birmingham Branch in sales capacity under Harold Goodwin in 1923, after which joined the Company which Harold Goodwin formed. Competed in trials and hill-climbs, 1927-33, principally on Riley Cars. In 1933 left to join present Company on its formation. Joined R.A.O.C. in 1939, served in Middle East and U.K. Demobilised 1945 and re-joined present firm. Married. Interests : Motor Sport. Private Address: Frampton, Oakfield Road Shrewsbury. Telephone: 2498.
PILCHER, Robert Stuart, C.B.E., F.R.S.E., M.INST.T. Traffic Commissioner, West Midland Area, Road Transport Executive. Born Liverpool, 28th January, 1882. Educated at British School, Wallasey. First connected with Motor Industry 54 years ago. Trained in Engineering in Montreal, Canada. Has been successively Electrical Engineer, Birkenhead Transport; Traffic Manager, Burton-on-Trent; General Manager of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Manchester Transport. Appointed to present position, 1951. Private Address: Broom Corner, Alderley Edge, Cheshire. Telephone: Central 7442.
PILMORE-BEDFORD, Harold. Managing Director, Carris Motors Ltd., Lewisham, S.E.13. Born London, 5th February, 1907. Educated at Clark's College and Regent Street Polytechnic. Became an apprentice, 1924 in his father's business, later became partner in same (F. Pilmore-Bedford & Sons) but dissolved partnership in 1931 and became assessor to various Insurance Companies. In 1939 joined Ministry of Supply as Technical Adviser. Formed present Company in 1945, also acquired Hatherley Garage Ltd., Sidcup, in 1946. Interests : Motor Sport, Golf. Private Address: Brittains Lane, Sevenoaks. Telephone: 3363.
PINNELL, George Charles Kelly. Assistant to Dunlop Regional Sales Manager for London and South, Tyre Division, Dunlop House, N.W.I. Born Newport, 4th August, 1905. Educated at Newport High School and studied Engineering at Birmingham Technical College and Midland Institute. From 1923-25 was student pupil with Lanchester Motor Co. Ltd., and afterwards became Manager of their raw materials and components record control office (1926-7). Joined Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd. at Birmingham Depot, in 1928. Became Depot Inspector, 1931-32. Assistant to N. Ireland Regional Manager, 1933-7. Acting Branch Manager, Albany Street, 1938-40. Joined R.A.F. Equipment Branch, July, 1941, serving in Middle East, Bomber Command and at Air Ministry as Flight-Lieut. Demobilised, 1946 when re-joined Dunlop's in present position. Interests : Rugby, Gardening and Modern Literature. Private Address: 23, Uxendon Crescent, Wembley. Telephone: Arnold 4633.
PITCHFORD, Eric Sydney. Chairman, Castle Motors (Newark) Ltd. Born Southwell, 23rd September, 1908. Educated at Southwell Grammar School. His father repaired B.S.A. Motor bicycles as a side line to the family Furniture dealers business. After apprenticeship started a taxi business and in 1927 opened up Castle Motor Company. Was a keen entrant for Veteran Car events before the war. During the war organised Ministry of Supply, TT3 Repairs; Member of Special Constabulary; Member of Volunteer Car Pool; Member of the Committee of the M.A.A. liaison with the Forces; organiser for Castle Motors with the Ministry of Transport (Agency Services) in Newark Area. Married, 1930; one daughter, Sonia (now Arts Mistress at Brackley Grammar School). Recreations : Motor Sport and a little Golf. Private Address: 29, Windsor Road, Newark-on-Trent, Notts. Telephone: 56o.
PITHER, Gilbert. Manager, Wholesale Department (Cars), Rootes Ltd., Chester Road, Manchester. Born Salford, 25th June, 1900. Educated at Salford Secondary School and Royal Technical College. Apprenticeship served to marine engineering. In 1919 joined Tom Garner Ltd. Continued as Wholesale representative with Rootes Ltd., after the latter had absorbed Tom Garner Ltd., in 1928. On outbreak of 1939 war joined R.A.S.C.. Served overseas for two years as Second in Command, C.R.A.S.C., Gold Coast and on return to England appointed Chief Instructor to Direct Office Control Unit, S.D.T.U. at Aldershot. On demobilisation, with rank of Major in 1945 re-joined Rootes Limited in above position. Married, Ethel (née Williams) in 1935. Recreation: Golf. Clubs: Engineers', Lancashire Cricket Club. Private Address: 20, May Road, Swinton, Lancs. Telephone: 1909.
PLAISTOWE, David William, B.A., A.M.I.MECH.E. Commercial Director, Glacier Metal Co. Ltd., Alperton, Middlesex. Born London, 29th July, 1905. Educated at Oundle School; Cambridge University (Hons. degree Mechanical Sciences, B.A.). Commenced business career with Patons & Baldwins Ltd., Worsted Spinners, as Management trainee leaving in 193o to join Ever Ready Co. as Engineer and Works Manager. Joined present firm in 1938 and is responsible for sales and also non-ferrous metal purchase. Interests : Golf, Philately and Genealogy. Private Address: Southfield, Watford Road, Northwood, Middlesex. Telephone: 2943.
PLAYER, Albert George. Director (Administration), The Car Collection Company Ltd., 14, Holyhead Road, Coventry. Born Stratford, E.15, 31st March, 1914. Educated at Pelly Memorial Boys School. Commenced business career with S. G. Glanville & Co., Insurance Brokers, and afterwards became a Shipping Clerk with Mcllwraith, McEachern Ltd. In 1938 joined Motor Exports Ltd. (a subsidiary of present firm) as Manager, until outbreak of war. Rejected for Military service, joined Ministry of Economic Warfare on Contraband Control. On release by Ministry re-joined present organisation and was appointed Director in June, 1949. Recreations : Motoring, Soccer and Cricket. Private Address: 117, Kinross Road, Lillington, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.
POCOCK, Philip Vivian. Director, Wales & Edwards Ltd., Shrewsbury. Born Purley, 19th June, 1907. Educated at Canford School. Studied engineering at Regent Street Polytechnic; Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College and studied Industrial Psychology and Economics at London School of Economics. In 1924 joined Wolseley Motors Ltd. as apprentice, completing apprenticeship with Guy Motors, Ltd. Became Inspector of Mechanical Transport, United Dairies, Ltd., 1927, promoted Works Manager, 193o. Joined present organisation in 1945 as Manager of Commercial Vehicle Department. Recreations : Motoring and Gardening. Private Address: Radside, Ridgebourne Road, Shrewsbury. Telephone: 4610.
POLE, Sir Felix John Clewett, KT. Late Chairman of Associated Electrical Industries Ltd. and various associated Companies. Born 1st February, 1877. Educated at Ramsbury, Wilts. Became General Manager, G.W. Rlys., Paddington in 1921 prior to visiting the Sudan to report on the Sudan Government's railways and steamers. Has been member of various committees concerned with Pensions, Fishing, Police Pay, etc. Recreation : Fishing. Private Address: Calcot Place, Reading, Berks. Telephone: 67448.
POLLARD, Gordon Thomas. Managing Director, Pollard & Critchley, Ltd. Born Cardiff, 27th November, 1899. Educated at Monkton House School, Cardiff. In 1915 became premium apprentice to Motor Trade, serving with Wm. Lewis & Sons until joining the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Seriously wounded in 1918. After two years in hospital invalided out of H.M. Forces. Became Service Manager and Sales Manager at Cardiff before moving to Liverpool. Married, 1932. Founded above firm, 1933. Member of Divisional Committee, Lancs. & Cheshire M.A.A., 194o. Chairman of Merseyside area of the Traders Road Transport Association since 1948. Member of the National Council and Executive Committee. Member of the National Road Transport Federation. Traders Road Transport member on the Merseyside area of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents. Interests : Literature, Music, Social Service and Amateur Gardening. Private Address: The Laurels, Plough Lane, Christleton, Cheshire. Telephone: Chester 35040.
POLLARD, Harold Vincent, M.B.E., M.I.MECH.E. Senior Experimental Officer, National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, Middlesex. Telephone: Molesey 1380. Born Sandwich, 18th June, 1894. Educated at Folkestone; Gravesend; Ryde, I-of-W. Received technical education at Regent Street Polytechnic. Served apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering with R. Hoe & Co. Ltd. Joined Royal Fusiliers on outbreak of 1914 war serving three years in France and Flanders with 9th Scottish Division. In April, 1918 transferred to Royal Air Force and served as Pilot until 1919 when returned to Hoe & Co. as draughtsman. Since 1920 has been on the staff of the Engineering Division of the N.P.L. Laboratory at Teddington. During 2nd World War engaged on design of special equipment for the Fighting Services, mainly in connection with disposal of unexploded enemy bombs and mines. Trained R.E. Bomb Disposal Squads, 1920-39. Evening class Instructor, Kingston Technical College. Has written many papers and articles for the Technical Press, including, as part author, Strength of Metals under Combined Alternating Stresses " which won Bernard Hall Prize. Recreations : Swimming, and Motoring. Private Address: 23, Berrylands, Surbiton, Surrey. Telephone: Elmbridge 3069.
POLLOCK, Alexander Elias. Sales Director, Davies Tyre Co. Ltd. Born London, 18th April, 1890. Educated at Stepney School. Joined present firm (then S. T. Davies & Co.) as a junior upon leaving school. Served in France during 1914-18 war with 6th Dragoon Guards. Rejoined firm on demobilisation in 1919. Appointed Director when the firm was incorporated as a Limited Company in 1933. Married, 1930; one child. Recreation: Golf. Private Address: 38, Wykeham Road, Hendon, N.W.4. Telephone: 9284.
PONSONBY, Victor Coope, M.C. Director, Tilling-Stevens Ltd., Rootes Group, Maidstone. Born London, 1887. Educated at Eton. Trained in Insurance and on the London Stock Exchange. Engaged in Investment Banking in U.S.A. Served during 1914 war in Herts Yeomanry. Since 1920 been concerned with Merchant Shipping, Finance and Commerce. Became a Director of Tilling-Stevens Ltd. in 1926 and Chairman 1941-50. Private Address: Little Manor, Tackley, Oxon. Telephone: 224.
POOLE, Oliver Brian Sanderson, C.B.E. Chairman, Acton Bolt Co. Ltd. Born 11th August, 1911. Educated at Eton; Christ Church, Oxford. Served in Life Guards, 1932-33; Warwickshire Yeomanry, 1934. Active service abroad, 1939-45 in Iraq, Syria, N. Africa, Sicily, and N.W. Europe. Awarded M.B.E., O.B.E., C.B.E., U.S. Legion of Merit, Order of Orange of Nassau and thrice mentioned in Despatches. Elected M.P. 1945-5o. Clubs: Buck's, Turf, R.Y.S. (Cowes). Private Address: Trawscoed House, Guilsfield, Nr. Welshpool, Mont. Telephone: Guilsfield 42.
POOLE, Stephen Carey, M.I.MECH.E. Car designer and engineer. Born Coventry, 15th December, 1888. Educated at Bablake School, Coventry and Birmingham University. Joined Wolseley Motors, 1907. Standard Motor Co., 1910. Clyno Engineering Co., 1912-18 as draughtsman and then as chief engineer until 1920 when joined Singer & Co. as Chief Designer. In 1928 joined Jowett Cars Ltd., as chief designer and engineer. Recreation : Golf. Private Address: 26, Bankfield Drive, Nab Wood, Shipley, Yorks.
POORE, Dennis. Technical Consultant. Born London, 19th August, 1916. Educated at Eton; King's College, Cambridge where he took Hons. Degree in Engineering. First connected with Motor Industry in 1938. Served in R.A.F. during the war, rising to rank of Wing Commander. Is a Chairman of Southern Instruments Ltd., and Projects and Developments Ltd. and Director of James E. Pilgrim Ltd. and of John Shaw Ltd. Is a member of Lloyds. Hobby is Motor Sport and in this sphere has scored many notable successes, including the 1950 R.A.C. Hillclimb Championship and post war has been record holder at Rest and Be Thankful, Bo'ness, Bouley Bay, Val-des-Terres. Has made fastest time of the day many times at Shelsley Walsh and Prescott. In Motor Racing won Gransden Trophy, 1947; Boreham Trophy, May, 1951 and other successes all with 3.8 litre Alfa Romeo. Clubs include : R.A.C., B.R.D.C., Jersey Car Club, Brighton & Hove M.C., Bristol Car Club, Lancia Car Club, Bugatti Owners Club, Vintage Car Club and has been Secretary and Treasurer of Cambridge University Auto Club. Married, 1949. Private Address: 17, Rutland Gate, S.W.Q. Telephone: Kensington 2700.
POPE, Alexander Marcus Dinham. Divisional Manager, Marsham Tyre Co. Ltd., Oxford Street, W.I. Born Bristol, 19th April, 1909. Educated at Cotham School, Bristol and received technical training at Cardiff Technical College. Commenced business career as a dealing clerk with stockbroking jobbers. In 1930 became representative for A. J. Dew & Co. Ltd., London. Joined present organisation in 1938. Served during the war, in the Merchant Navy. Returned to Marsham Tyre Co. on demobilisation. Lives at Bristol, and area includes a large part of Southern England. Interests include : Rock-climbing, fell-walking and sailing. Recreations : Gardening, Dancing. Private Address: 33, Sabrina Way, Stoke Bishop, Bristol, 9. Telephone: Stoke Bishop 82305.
POPE, Harold Edward. Managing Director, Marsham Tyre Co. Ltd., Oxford Street, W. r. Born Bristol, 4th April, 1906. Educated at Temple Junior Technical School, Bristol. In 1926 entered Motor Trade as Manager of radio, tyre and accessory department of J. H. Harper & Co. Ltd., Jersey. Represented Jersey, inter-insular Swimming and Diving. Joined A. J. Dew & Co. Ltd. in 1927, becoming successively Sales Representative, Sales Supervisor and Branch Manager, Birmingham. In 1936, joined present organisation as London Sales Manager becoming Sales Director and also a Director of Regent Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd., in 1937. In 1940 became Works Director, Regent Tyres and in 1942 organised the Central Inspection Department for worn tyres, Ministry of Supply. Is a member of Retread Manufacturers Conference. Appointed Joint Managing Director in 1945 and to present position in 1947. Member of Councils of M.F.A. and of Association of Manufacturers and Distributors of Garage Equipment, 1949. Member of Council of West London Motor Trades Association and Chairman of Golf Section. Clubs : Royal Automobile, St. George's Hill Golf. Married, Beryl (née Collins); three daughters, one son. Private Address: Sunny Heights, St. George's Hill, Weybridge, Surrey. Telephone: Weybridge 4059.
POPE, Percy Walter. District Manager, Tyre Division, Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., 411, Mile End Road, Bow, London, E.3. Born London, 24th September, 1888. Educated at Christchurch Endowed School, Southwark and Morley College, Waterloo Road, S.E. 1. In 1906 became clerk in Mileage Dept., Dunlop's, London. Served 1914-19 in R.A.S.C., overseas. Was Assistant Manager, Albany Street Depot, 1921-25. Manager, Giant Car and Vehicle Conversion Section, Britannia Street, W.C.r ., 1926-39. Representative calling on Commercial Vehicle Operators. Appointed to present position, 1942. Recreations : Swimming and Athletics. Private Address: 31, Gladsmuir Road, London, N.19.
POPPE, Gunnar, M.A.(CANTAB). Racing Motorist and Motor Sports Enthusiast. Born Coventry, 23rd March, 1901. Educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry; Clifton College, Bristol; Caius College, Cambridge, taking at the latter an Honours Degree in Mechanical Science. Joined Austin Motor Co. in 1923, leaving in 1932 to join Talbot's. Recreation : Rugby Football (Played for London Welsh).
PORTAL, Viscount, of Hungerford, K.G., G.C.B., 0.M., D.S.O., M.C., Marshal of the Royal Air Force. Director, Ford Motor Co. Ltd. Born 1893. Educated at Winchester; Christ Church, Oxford. Served in 1914-18 war (D.S.O. and bar, M.C., mentioned in Despatches). Commanded British Forces, Aden, 1934-5. Instructor, Imperial Defence College, 1936-7. Director of Organisation, Air Ministry, 1937-8. Air Member for Personnel on the Air Council, 1939-40. A.O.C. in C. Bomber Command, 1940. Chief of Air Staff, 1940-45. Recreations : Shooting and Fishing. Club : Travellers'. Private Address: West Ashling House, Chichester, Sussex. Telephone: 216.
PORTER, Robert Claude. Director and Works Manager, Boon and Porter Ltd., S.W. 3. Born 2nd November, 1905. Educated at Framlingham College. Received technical training at Regent Street Polytechnic (6 years) and as apprentice served with Clement Talbot Ltd., N. Kensington (1923-26) and two years with Laystall Ltd. Took junior position with present firm in 1928. Is the younger son of J. H. Porter who founded the firm in 1898. Hobbies : Motor Sport and Cine-Photography. Married, 1938, Mary (née Wood); one daughter, Penelope. Private Address: 36, Nassau Road, Barnes, S.W.I3. Telephone: Riverside 6996.
PORTER, Robert Johnstone, A.M.I.M.I. Manager, R. W. Archer & Co. Ltd., Dublin. Born Dublin, November, 1918. Educated at Crayon Bray Campbell College, Belfast. Trained in engineering with Henry Ford & Son Ltd., Cork. Became Manager of present concern 1950. Recreations : Fishing and Shooting. Private Address: Silverdale, Aubrey Park, Shanhill, Co. Dublin. Telephone: 2733.
POTT, Cyrus Dennis. Managing Director, Conatus Industries Limited, Walton-on-Thames. Born London, 11th April, 1911. Educated at University College School, and Heidelberg University. Studied Geology, Mineralogy and Mining Engineering. Between 1933 and 1944 worked through every Department of Union Corporation Limited in London and Johannesburg in administrative and technical fields including : Gold and base metal mining, pulp and paper, rayon, etc. Became a Director of Mining & Industrial Public Companies and Manager of Union Corporation Ltd., London, in 1944 until resigning in 195o to establish own business. Acquired Larks Spraying Process Ltd. of Walton-on-Thames and re-named it Conatus Industries Ltd. (controlling three subsidiaries, of which Larks of Walton Ltd. is mainly concerned with Coachbuilding). Interests : Mechanical Model Making and Machinery Design. Private Address: Pickenhanger, Copsem Lane, Esher, Surrey. Telephone: Claygate 2313.
POTTER, George Frederick. Manager of Nottingham Branch, Union Transport Finance Ltd. Born Nottingham, 27th December, 1897. Educated at Nottingham University, trained in Motor Engineering. Became proprietor of Motor Service Company at Wollaton Street, Nottingham. Served with R.A. S.C. 1915-19, mostly in Salonica and Egypt. In 1920 became Manager of Empire Garage, Burton Street, Nottingham. Joined present firm, 1938. Became Staff Officer, Home Guard, 2076 M.T. Coy., H.Q. 1943-45. Recreations : Golf and Swimming. Private Address: 42, Edingley Avenue, Sherwood, Nottingham. Telephone: 63736.
POTTER, Leonard. Partner, Potter and Richards, Kinnerton Street, Kensington. Born Derby, 4th February, 1916. Educated at Repton College; Nottingham University; Manchester University; Pasteur Institut, Heidelberg. Trained as Biochemist and Chemical Engineer but abandoned this career as it conflicted with his motor racing ambitions. Became Director in Continental Cars Ltd. and then Managing Director of Biology Ltd., also Managing Director of an engineering firm specialising in electrolytic polishing. Joined partnership as above in November 1950. Motor racing successes include : Allen Trophy (1946), Jeans Gold Cup (1947), Monte Carlo Rally (1948) Best British Competitor, International Alpine Rally. Class Winner Coupe de la Ville de Nice, Coupe de l'Hotel Majestic, Coupe du Circuit des Dolomites, and many other categories. Interests : Radio and Photography. Private Address: Tunmore Farm, East Clandon, Surrey.
POWELL, Archibald Douglas. Technical Director, Joseph Bradbury & Sons Ltd., Braintree. Born Liverpool, 1882. Educated at Leicester City Technical School. Founded Fitall Gear Co. in 1908. Sold the business to Lake and Elliott in 1911 and acted as Works Manager until 1924. In 1925 founded Garage Equipment Co. and in 1927 amalgamated with Joseph Bradbury & Sons. Has invented and patented a variety of service equipment. Married; two sons. Interests : Horticulture and Water Colours. Private Address: Gransmore, Chelmsford Road, Feistead, Essex.
POWELL, Denis William. Regional Sales Superintendent, Alexander Duckham & Co. Ltd., W.14. Born London, 29th May, 1912. Educated at Trinity County School, London. Became junior clerk, then chief clerk and eventually New Business Inspector with General Accident Fire & Life Assurance Corporation. Worked in the Co's. Motor Dept. Enlisted in H.M. Forces in 1939, serving in N. Africa, Greece, Germany and Italy. Released, 1948 with rank of Captain. Joined present firm, November, 1948. Interests : Carpentry and Swimming. Private Address: 18, Henry's Avenue, Woodford Green, Essex. Telephone: Buckhurst 5781.
POWELL, Vernon. Director, Joseph Bradbury & Sons Ltd., Braintree. Born Leicester, 4th October, 1909. Educated at Braintree County High School. Received technical training at Coventry Technical College, and became apprenticed in engineering with Alfred Herbert Ltd., Coventry. In 1932, joined present firm as Installation and Service Engineer, becoming Works Manager in 1936 and a Director in 1949. Is responsible for Design and Tooling of products. Recreations : Yachting and Rifle Shooting. Private Address: Arnold Cottage, Ridgewell, Nr. Halstead. Telephone: Ridgewell 291.
POWELL, William Henry Thomas, F.I.M.I. Partner and Manager, H. Powell & Sons, Abergavenny. Born Abergavenny, 27th August, 1897. Educated at King Henry VIII Grammar School, Abergavenny. Entered father's business as apprentice in 1914, but took up studies to become Naval Architect at Private College. Joined R.N.A.S. in 1916 and served until 1919. Completed Motor apprenticeship and took over management of father's business in 1924. Joined Royal Observer Corps in 1939 and served until cessation of hostilities, also undertook duties as S.D. Manager for Ministry of War Transport. Served on Local Council, 1943-46, also South Wales Chamber of Trades Council, Committee of Divisional M.A.A., Chairman of West Mon. Section, 1948'9, becoming Chairman of South Wales Divisional Area and Member of London Council M.A.A., 1951. Recreations : Golf, Snooker and Gardening. Private Address: Brecon House, Abergavenny. Telephone: 2. Ext. 3.
PRAILL, Albert Charles. Director and Engineering Manager, Praills (Hereford) Ltd., Hereford. Born Staines, 18th December, 1907. Educated at the College of British Engineering Technology. Apprenticed with a firm of Agricultural Engineering and Smithing. In 1928 became a fitter with his brother in a transport business, later made responsible for long distance transport in the pioneer days. Made a Director and Engineering Manager of a Motor Trading firm in 1936 (this is now Praills (Hereford) Ltd.). Until recently was responsible for the further development and production of the Proctor Diesel Vehicles. Recreations include Angling and Snooker. Private Address: 145, Kings Acre Road, Hereford. Telephone: 3824.
PRAILL, Leonard John. Managing Director, Praills (Hereford) Ltd. and Praills (Holdings) Ltd. Born Finchley, 29th June, 1906. Educated at London Colney and Churwell Elementary Schools. Commenced business career as Fruit merchant and, when aged 23, started his own foreign wholesale fruit business, retail fruit business and first long distance transport business between Hereford, London and the North. Disposed of fruit businesses, 1932/33 and concentrated on dealing in Commercial Vehicles. This business was formed into present Limited Company in 1936 when they became appointed distributors and agents for various makes of Commercials. By 1949 Company had Branch depots at Shrewsbury and Gloucester with associated Companies in Newport, Mon. and Langley, Nr. Birmingham. Turnover had grown from L27 ,000 to f1,250 ,000 . On nationalisation premises were disposed of and existing connection was taken over by Praills (Hereford) Ltd. in 1951. Recreations : Gardening, Shooting and Snooker. Private Address: The Knoll, Tupsley, Hereford. Telephone: 3115.
PRATT, Cecil Joseph, m.i.m.i. Proprietor, The Westbury Motor and Carriage Works and Pratt's Garage, Westburyon-Trym. Born Redland, 12th March, 1894. Educated at Merrywood Secondary School, and Faculty of Engineering, Bristol University, received Technical education at Merchant Venturers Technical College. Served as Despatch rider with R.E. Signals during 1914-18 war in Mesopotamia, Palestine and Syria. Later maintained Brigade Motor Transport in N. Syria. Joined present firm in 1921 in Workshops and office, later becoming partner and in 1931 took business over on own account. In 1939 opened Pratt's Garage in Falcondale Road. For several years Member of M.A.A. Committee, Western Counties Division and also Chairman of the I.M.I. Western Counties Region. Married; one daughter. Hobbies : Photography and Gardening. Private Address: 77, High Street, Westburyon-Trym, Bristol. Telephone: 66826.
PRATTEN, Denys Noel, M.I.M.I. Managing Director, Nias (1935) Ltd., Newbury. Born Reading, 25th December, 1903. Educated at Reading School, entered the Banking profession in 1922. First connected with the Motor Industry in 1928 as Motor Salesman, took up present position as Managing Director in 1935. Married, 1935 ; one son, three daughters. Private Address: Townsend House, Hampstead Norris, Nr. Newbury. Telephone: Yattendon 270.
PREECE, Clement Howell, M.INST.T. Traffic Manager, The Western National Omnibus Co. Ltd. and the Southern National Omnibus Co. Ltd., Exeter. Born London, 29th March, 1900. Educated at Highgate School. Joined the above mentioned companies in 1935. Hon. Secretary I.O.T. South Western Section. Private Address: Hildordan, Honiton Road, Exeter. Telephone: 4191.
PRESTWICH, John Alfred, M.I.MECH.E. Originator of J.A.P. Motor Cycles and pioneer motorist. Born 1st September, 1874 at Kensington. Educated at City of London College and studied general engineering at Finsbury Technical College. Was pupil with S. de Ferranti & Co. and later apprenticed with Tyler and Ellis, Engineers. In 1895 started own firm making electrical and scientific apparatus. Did much research work and pioneering in connection with the cinematograph, aviation, etc. Manufactured aero engines, 1908-11. J.A.P. Motor, cycles and engines from 1902. Private Address: Tariff Road, Northumberland Park, Tottenham, N.17.
PRICE, Albert, m.i.m.i. Proprietor, A. Price & Co. Newport. Born Newport, 3oth October, 1888. Educated at Newport High School, and Cardiff Technical College. First connected with the Motor Industry as an Apprentice in 1903. Served in the Army 1914-19, starting present business upon demobilisation. Recreations : Golfing, Gardening and Hacking. Married; one son, one daughter. Private Address: 72, Allt-yr-yn Avenue, Newport. Telephone: 3478.
PRICE, Henry Evan. Local Director, Original Equipment supplies to Manufacturers, Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., Erdington, Birmingham. Born loth December, 1904 at Newton Abbot. Educated at Newton College where trained in O.T.C. Became pupil 1921 and joined staff of Tech. Advisory Mgr's. Office in 1926. Member of Special Constabulary Reserve, 1926. During the war was associated with Dunlop's Aviation side and became Sub-Commander in Special Constabulary Reserve. On the Board of Dunlop Rim & Wheel Co. Ltd. and on Council of National Small Bore Rifle Association. Member of the Council and Vice-President of the British Cycle and Motor Cycle Manufacturers and Traders Union Ltd. Interests : Sport and Motoring. Private Addresses: 49, George Road, Solihull, Warwickshire. (Telephone: Solihull 0565) and 14, Courtenay Park, Newton Abbot, Devon.
PRICE, William James, C.M.G., M.INST.C.E., M.I.MECH.E. Retired Chartered Engineer. Born 1884. Worked for Ceylon Public Works Department, 1909-43 becoming Director of Public Works and Civil Aviation, Ceylon. Married, 1915, Margaret (née Restarick); one son, one daughter. Address: Wyke Lodge, Canford Cliffs Road, West Bournemouth. Telephone: Parkstone 2098.
PRIESTNALL, Edwin, M.B.E. Manager, Central Garage (Worksop) Ltd., Worksop. Born Clay Cross, 25th October, 1909. Educated at Clay Cross, and Chesterfield Technical College. Joined Kennings Ltd., as office boy in 1924. Joined R.A.F., 1940, commissioned 1941, awarded M.B.E. (Mil). 1945. On demobilisation in 1946 returned to Kennings Ltd. and in 1949 was appointed Manager of Central Garage Ltd. (one of Kennings associated companies). Interests : Music, Tennis and Football. Private Address: 6, Miriam Avenue, Chesterfield.
PRIMROSE, Sir John Ure, D.L., J.P. Director, S.M.T. Sales & Service Co. Ltd. and of General Accident Insurance and other Companies. Born 22nd February, 1900. Educated at Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow; Stanley House, Bridge of Allan, Perthshire. Served in 1914 war as Lieut. in R.N. and in 1939 war as Sgt. Major, Intelligence Corps. Has taken active interest in farming since 1921. Was Chairman Perth Branch N.F.U. in 1935. Member of Scottish Agricultural Council and Scottish Milk Marketing Board. Is interested also in Aviation and has served on many Councils in connection with A.TC., Civil Aviation and A.T.A. Recreations : Yachting and Golf. Club : Royal Perth Golfing Society. Address : c/o. Scottish Motor Traction Sales & Service Co. Ltd., 39, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, 3.
PRINCE, Arthur. Governing Director, Arthur Princes Garages Ltd., Loughborough. Born Nottingham, irth December, 1902. Educated at Hicklings School, and Loughborough College. First connected with the Motor Industry as Apprentice in 1918. Started business as Motor Cycle agent in 1923, and commenced dealing in cars in 1933. Runs one of the largest Taxi Fleets in the Midlands. In early days interested in Motor Cycle Clubs as competitor and official. Recreations: Golf, Continental Travel and Veteran Cars (owns four). Club : Veteran Car. Private Address: 70, Beacon Road, Loughborough. Telephone: 3395.
PRITCHARD, Emyr. Director and General Manager, Anglesey Motor Mart, Llanfair P.G. Born Llanfair P.G., 23rd March, 1900. Educated at St. Pauls School, Bangor. First connected with the Motor Industry as an apprentice at the above firm in 1915. Served during the 1914 war at Cranwell Training College, R.N.A.S., 1917-22. Returned to present firm being appointed Director and General. Manager, 1938. Interested in Motor Cycle Racing. Private Address: Pennant, Llanfair P.G., Anglesey. Phone: Llanfair Pwll 55.
PROCTER, Anthony, M.B.E., B.SC.TECH., A.M.I.MECH.E. Manager, Oil Seal Division, George Angus & Co. Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne, 6. Born Cheadle Hulme, loth November, 1913. Educated Bootham School, York, receiving Technical Training at the University of Manchester. Left University 1933, and studied German in Vienna the same year. Apprenticed with Lancashire Dynamo & Crypto Ltd., Manchester and Willesden 1933-36; was also on electric test staff and an estimator. Joined present firm as Assistant to Manager, 1936, visiting Germany frequently to study methods in engineering. Moved to Newcastle, 1939. Since the war has visited the U.S.A. and Europe frequently on behalf of firm. Married; one daughter, two sons. Hobbies : Music, Reading, Photography and Joinery. Private Address: 1, Glastonbury Grove, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 2. Telephone: Jesmond 498.
PROCTOR, Norman. Manager, Latin-America Division, Overseas Dept., Dunlop Rubber Co. Ltd., London, S.W.I. Born Hull, 31st January, 1905. Educated at Hymers College, Hull. Was with General Motors in Spain before joining Dunlop's as Assistant to Manager, Spain in 1930. Spent 7 years in Spain and 19 in Latin America. Knows most Central and S. American countries and visits this part of the World and the Caribbean area periodically. Appointed to present position, 1946. Interests : Golf, Gardening and Travel. Private Address: The Broadwalk, Northwood, Middlesex. Telephone: 99.
PROSSER, Denis Patrick Boyd. Managing Director, Robert Gibson & Sons, Motors Ltd., Glasgow. Born Glasgow, 16th May, 1910. Educated at Fettes College, Edinburgh. Received Technical education at Wolseley Motors Ltd. Son of the late Harry Prosser, one of the earliest distributors of cars in Britain. On leaving school became apprenticed to Chartered accountant for four years. Then entered the Motor Industry at Wolseley Motors as Service Mechanic, leaving to take up position as salesman at J. Blake & Co. Ltd., Liverpool. In 1936 joined family business as wholesale representative, being appointed Director and Sales Manager in 1939. Served in the Royal Artillery, 1939-45, being taken P.O.W. 1940-45. Upon demobilisation rejoined H. Prosser & Son Ltd., and in 1949 became Managing Director of Robert Gibson & Sons Motors Ltd., Glasgow, a subsidiary Company. Recreations : Motor Racing, Golf and most outdoor sports. Private Address: 2, Buckingham Street, Glasgow, W.2. Telephone: West 3634.
PRYER, Col. Robert William John, B.SC.(ENG.) LOND. A.M.I.MECH.E. Principal, School of Electronics, M. of S., T.R.E., Great Malvern. Born Dover, 3oth May, 1897. Educated at Dover County Secondary School. Studied engineering at R.N. Mechanical Training Establishment and spent four years marine engineering before becoming in 1917, engineroom artificer, R.N. In 1922 became lecturer in automobile and aero engineering at Loughborough College. More recently appointed to present position as Colonel R.E.M.E.
PRYNN, John Edward Alexander. Joint Managing Director, Prynn & Stevens Ltd., London, S.W.2. Born Tywardreath, February 8th, 1901. Educated at Fowey Grammar School, Cornwall. First connected with the Motor Industry as Junior clerk in 1919. Took up present position in 1945. Recreations : Golf. Private Address: 3, Newton Wood Road, Ashtead. Telephone: 2304.
PUGH, Gerald Egan. Parts Service Manager, Lycetts Garage Ltd., Stourbridge. Born Bridgnorth, 12th December, 1921. Educated at Bridgnorth Grammar School. Leaving school he joined Robinsons Garage as an apprentice engineer. After one year's training joined the R.A.F. prior to the commencement of the war and gained further trade experience. Left the Service in 1945 and joined Wales and Edwards Ltd., Shrewsbury, as Assistant Store-keeper, leaving there to take up position as Chief Storekeeper to Chas. Clarke Ltd., 1947. In 1950 joined Lycetts Garage Ltd., in present position. Married; one child. Private Address: 31a, Wood Street, Wollaston. Stourbridge.
PULFREY, George Henry, M.I.MECH.E., M.INST.T. Past Chairman, Humberside Division, Institute of Transport. Born Sheffield, 16th October, 1900. Educated Sheffield University. Apprenticed with Sheffield Corporation Tramways and Motors. Became Chief Engineer in charge of garages and buses to the Corporation before becoming Rolling Stock Superintendent, Nottingham Passenger Transport. Interests : Numismatics, Philately, pictorial art. Private Address: 84, Newland Park, Kingstonupon-Hull.
PULLIN, Cyril George, F.R.AE.S., M.I.MECH.E., M.H.A. Special Research and Development Engineer, Hercules Cycle and Motor Co. Ltd., Birmingham. Born Wandsworth, 1893. Educated at Malden College and Latimer School. Served apprenticeship, and studied engineering at Continental Colleges. Joined Hyde Park Motor Co. Ltd. in 1909. In 1911 worked with Cameron Car Co. and commenced Motor Cycle Racing at Brooklands and elsewhere. Won 1914 Senior T.T. Patentee and Designer Pullin-Groom Motor Cycles and was associated with Pullin-Groom Co. Ltd., 1917-21. In 1922 became Chief Designer and General Manager, Douglas Motors Ltd., leaving in 1927 to become Chief Designer, Ascot Motor Co. Ltd. until 1933. In the latter year became General Manager, Aircraft Division, G. & J. Weir Ltd., and was in charge of Autogiro design until 1940. In 1941 became Chief Designer, Power Jets Ltd. (Gas Turbines) and in the following year Managing Director, Cierva Autogiro Co. Ltd. responsible for helicopters W.5-10 and also the World's largest helicopter (Air Horse). Joined Hercules Cycles in 1951 on special development of internal combustion engines and road vehicles. Is well-known as designer of cars, motorcycles, transmission gears and aero-engines. Interested in Motor Racing and Scientific Research. Club : Royal Aero, Piccadilly. Private Address: " Dormer Gables," 160, Yardley Wood Road, Moseley, Birmingham, 13. Telephone: Birmingham South 0846.
PUMPHREY, Percy William, F.I.M.I., F.R.S.A., M.I.BRITISH E. Proprietor, Premier Garage, Flint. Born Abingdon, 1st October, 1887. Educated at County School, Holywell. First connected with the Motor Industry in 1906 when joined father's business at above address. Received Technical training with Triumph Engineering Co. Coventry, 1911-1914. Served during the 1914 war with Royal Engineers (Signals) for five years. Acquired control of the garage in 1920 from father. Recreation : Gardening. Hobby : Motion Picture Photography. Chairman of the M.A.A. North Wales Division for 7 years. Private Address: Wenallt, Flint, North Wales. Telephone: 2218.
PURKISS, Henry Edward William, M.I.M.I. Manager, Coachbuilding Department, Chamberlin & Sons, Aylesbury. Born 28th February, 1896, Esher. Educated at St. Paul's, Knightsbridge and Brompton Higher Grade School, London. In 1910 started work as apprentice to Motor Trimming with Morgan & Co. Ltd., at Leighton Buzzard. Passed City and Guilds examinations for draughtsmanship. In 1914 joined Home Hospital Reserve and subsequently transferred to R.A.M.C. On discharge (medically uafit) rejoined Morgan and Co. on construction of Vimy Aeroplanes. In 1920 represented Morgan & Co. at Olympia Motor Show with first " Zephyr " bodies. Joined present firm, 1921 as Motor Trimmer; made foreman, 1929; manager Coachbuilding Department, 1942; partner, 1948. Married; two sons. Interests : Photography, Local Government (is member of U.D.C.), and Music. Private Address: 6, Old Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard, Beds. Telephone: 2214.
PURSER, Col. Geoffrey William, O.B.E., A.M.I.MECH.E. General Sales Manager, Guy Motors Ltd., Wolverhampton. Bcrn Moseley, 26th April, 1901. Educated King Edward VII School, Birmingham, and Sandhurst. Entered Indian Army from Sandhurst in 1921, serving in India until 1947 when retired, and in Burma 14th Army during late war. First Director of Mechanical Engineering in Pakistan. First connection with the Motor Industry was in 1949 as Sales representative (Overseas). Joined present firm as General Sales Manager in 1950. Outside interest: Poultry Farming. Private Address: Shaw Cottage, Sheriff Hales, Nr. Shifnal, Salop. Telephone: Shifnal 100.
PURVES, Adam, Chairman, Adam Purves & Son Ltd., Galashiels. Born Galashiels, 15th May, 1875. Became an Apprentice in 1892 with Aimers & Maclean, Galashiels. In 1898 worked as an Engineer with Watson and Laidlaw, Glasgow, returning to Galashiels upon the death of his father in 1899. Took over family Blacksmith business, and developed same 'as Engineering concern, dealing also with Cycles and Cars. Built up the business until it was floated as a Private Limited Company in 1939, when he became Chairman. Recreation : Rugby Football. Private Address: 1, Green Street, Galashiels. Telephone: 2301.
PURVES, Adam Welsh. Managing Director, Adam Purves & Son Ltd., Galashiels. Born Galashiels, 24th March, 1904. Educated Gala High School. Served apprenticeship with above firm, becoming Works Manager, then General Manager, and eventually Managing Director on formation of the Firm into a Limited Company. Private Address: Woodhurst, Oatlands Terrace, Galashiels. Telephone: 2028.
PURVES, Jane Welsh. Director, Adam Purves & Son Ltd., Galashiels. Born Galashiels, 8th March, 1885. Associated with her brother Adam Purves since the very early days of the Industry, first in the Cycle Trade and then the Motor Industry. Became a Director of the above firm in 1939. Recreations : Motoring and Cycling. Private Address: 25, Market Street, Galashiels.
PURVES, John Dove. Director and Works Manager, Adam Purves & Son Ltd., Galashiels. Born Galashiels, 4th March, 1910. Educated at Gala High School and Galashiels Academy. Served apprenticeship with the above firm, going through the various departments in training. Took over duties as Assistant Works Manager, then Works Manager and Director in 1938. During War period 1939-45 controlled Workshops on the overhaul of H.M. Vehicles C.R.O. and M.O.S. Committee Member serving on M.A.A. Scottish Southern Area. Married : one daughter. Recreations : Travel and Golf. Private Address: Fernieknowe, Parsonage Road, Galashiels. Telephone: 2081.
PURVES, Thomas Swinton. Director, and Stores and Shop Manager, Adam Purves & Son Ltd., Galashiels. Born Galashiels, 5th April, 1912. Educated at Gala High School. Served apprenticeship with the above firm, training in all departments, becoming Director in 1938. Joined H.M. Forces in 1941 in R.E.M.E. and served in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. On returning to the Firm, 1946, was given the position of Stores and Shop Manager. Married. Interests include : Amateur Opera, Film Guild and Travel. Private Address: 34, Andrew Street, Galashiels.
PURVES, William Wilson, A.M.I.MECH.E. Founder, Wilson Purves, Horsham. Born Leith, January, 1887. Educated at Leith Academy. Was apprenticed for five years with John Cran Ltd., Marine Engineers. Subsequently went to sea as 3rd Engineer in s.s. " Ben Clune." Spent five years with John I. Thornycroft and a further five during the 1914 war with Aeronautical Inspection Department. Founded Car Stockist, etc. business in 1919. Recreation : Golf. Private Address: Laneside, \Vinterpict Lane, Manningsheath, Nuthurst, Horsham.
PUTNAM, Edmund George Deacon, m.i.m.r., M.I.E.I. Service Director, Regent Motors (G. Readings Ltd.), Cheltenham. Born Stoke Poges, December 17th, 1900. Educated at Heston and Laverstoke. Apprenticed to Shand and Mason, Blackfriars, London. (Fire Engine Manufacturers). Joined Collis & Tilling Motor Engineers as Improver Mechanic, becoming Service Manager and Director at Anna Valley Motors, Andover, 1922. Took up present position in 1932. Is an examining Engineer, Assessor and Arbitrator relating to Car accident claims, etc. Chairman of the North Gloucestershire I.M.I. Centre for 1951. Married, Gwendoline Emily (née Mulhall) of Whitchurch, 1925; three sons, one daughter. Interests include : Photography, Landscape Sketching and Water Colouring. Private Address: Tufton, 46, Moorend Park Road, Cheltenham. Telephone: 4470.
PYLE, Harry. Partner in H. Pyle & Son, Buxton. Born Buxton, 6th September, 1881. Apprenticed 1895, becoming partner in that year in the above business. Recreation: Walking. Private Address: 35, Heath Grove, Buxton. Telephone: 335.