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RADCLIFFE, Frank, B.SC., A.M.I.MECH.E., A.F.R.AE.S. Author of technical articles on engineering, aviation, etc. Born Burnley, 8th October, 1899. Educated at Burnley Grammar School; Victoria University, Manchester. Became an apprentice with B. & S. Massey Ltd., Manchester. Joined design staff of Blackburn Aero Co. and Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Co., 1921-24. Left to join Gloster Aircraft in 1924. Became Head of their Calculations Dept. and founded and edited their House Journal. Recreation : Walking. Private Address: 2, Bentley Way, Stanmore, Middlesex.
RADFORD, Harold. Chairman and Managing Director, Harold Radford & Co. Ltd., Melton Court, South Kensington, S.W.7. Born Bromley, 26th September, 1908. Educated at Marlborough College. Death of his grandfather interrupted university education and he went straight into the family business before graduating at Cambridge. The business (Staley, Radford & Co. Ltd.) is that of Ship Brokers and Shipping, Forwarding and Passenger Agents. Went to S. Africa for six months training, returned and spent a further twelve months with Orient line and six months at Lloyds. Became attracted to the idea of running a motor business on strictly ethical lines. Borrowed a small sum from his father commencing as Harold Radford & Co. Ltd. in 1941. Later, in 195o, founded Harold Radford (Coachbuilders) Ltd., North Circular Road, N.W.Io. Is also Chairman of Staley, Radford & Co. Ltd., Leadenhall House, Leadenhall Street, E.C.3, and of Staley, Radford & Co. (East Africa) Ltd., Kilindini Road, Mombassa. Is a Member of Lloyds. Has always been a keen lawn tennis and squash racquets player, having played for Queen's Club and the Jesters respectively, also for Kent County in both games. Private Addresses: " The Cottage," Queensberry Way, S.W.7. and the " Old Forge Farm," Conford, Nr. Liphook, Hants. Telephones: Kensington 6047 and Passfield 214.
RADLEY, Trevor Smith. Manager, G. K. Tyre Services, 68-7o, London Road, Derby. Born Halifax, 9th January, 1918. Educated at Mill Hill School. In 1936 became apprentice and later Sales Representative with St. Albans Rubber Co. Served 1939-46 in H.M. Forces. Commissioned. Wounded in Holland while serving with 11th Armoured Division. Joined Dunlop's, Birmingham in Process Control Division on demobilisation. Transferred to Dunlop (S.A.) Ltd. in 1948, becoming their Service Representative in S. Africa (Durban and J'burg.). Appointed to present position in October, 1950. Interests : Rugby and Cricket. Private Address: 136, Victoria Avenue, Borrowash, Derby.
RAITHBY, Harold Ernest. Works Manager, A.C.-Sphinx Spark Plug Company, Dunstable. (Division of General Motors Ltd.). Born Birmingham, 5th November, 1900. Educated at Bordesley Green School and studied engineering at Alumrock Technical School. Became apprenticed to tool-making in 1914. Foreman of Press Shop, 1923. Foreman in charge of all Assembly 1934. Assistant Works Manager, 1935. Factory Manager, 1945 and Works Manager, 1948. Has always been with the same firm. Hobby : Photography. Private Address: 26, Kingscroft Avenue, Dunstable, Beds. Telephone: 383.
RAMSDEN, Rt. Hon. LORD, O.B.E., J.P. Director of G. Beaton & Son Ltd., Willesden, N.W. 0. Born 2nd February, 1883. Educated in England, France and Germany. Travelled abroad extensively including China, Japan, West Indies. Has taken active interest in politics since contesting Spen Valley, 1923. Is member of British Council for Relations with other Countries. Underwriter at Lloyds. Always been interested in public service and has served on many Committees. Recreations : Travel and sea fishing. Club : Carlton. Address: The Wheatleys, Gomersal, Nr. Leeds. Telephone: Cleckheaton 35o.
RANFORD, Bernard Sydney, F.I.M.I. Director, B. S. Ranford Ltd., Malvern. Born Hay Mills, Birmingham, 1889. Educated at Erdingtoa and Hull. Started in business as Ranford's Garage with his father in 1903. Had previously been works manager with F. Hopper & Co., Barton-on-Humber. Took over Ranford's Garage on the death of his father. Has spent training periods at Austin's and at B.S.A.s. Served with 8th Worcesters during 1914 war. Joined Special Constabulary, 1938 (Mobile) and is still a member. Is a member of M.A.A. and Chairman of Worcester Section of National Association of Cycle Traders. A Director of Ranford Radio Ltd. and a member of R.T.R.A. In 1951 turned business into Limited Company with J. A. J. Caves as Co-Director. Interests : Youth Movements, Rotary, Masonry, Chamber of Commerce, Electors' Association and Public Service. Recreation : Swimming (is Treasurer of Malvern Swimming Club). Private Address: 86, Barnards Green, Malvern, Worcestershire. Telephone: 324.
RANKIN, Ernest William. Advertising Manager and P.R.O., Jaguar Cars Ltd., Coventry. Born London, loth May, 1898. Educated at Beverley School, Barnes. Trained for three years at Putney School of Art. Served, 1914-18 in B.E.F., France, Flanders, etc. Demobilised, 1920 with rank of Lieut., Middlesex Regt. Married, 1922, Mary Frances (née Tritschler);, two daughters. In 1924 joined General Motors. Ltd., as Advertising Representative. Took up. present position in 1934. Served 1939-45, France, Belgium, Western Desert and Italy. Demobilised, rank of Major, R.A.O.C. Is Member of Incorporated Advertising Managers' Association. Member of Public Relations Advisory Panel S.M.M. & T. Founder and Council Member, Coventry Publicity Association. Club: Steering Wheel, Brick Street, London, W.I. Recreation: Motor Sport. Private Address: Old Post House, Helidon, Near Daventry.
RANSLEY, Charles Cecil, A.M.I.MECH.E. Retired Motor Transport Officer, G.P.O. Born Chelsea, 13th November, 1877. Educated at Regent Street Polytechnic; King's College, London. Entered Civil Service via Competition in 1896. Became connected with Motor Transport since its adoption by G.P.O. in 1907. Recreation: Billiards. Private Address: West Ho, Harrow Road, Sudbury, Wembley, Middlesex.
RAPLEY, Harold George Rowland. Purchasing Manager, Caffyns Ltd., Eastbourne. Born Sundridge, 13th December, 1912. Educated at Rye, Brighton and Pembury. Apprenticed to Motor Trade with Chas. Baker (of Tunbridge) Ltd., afterwards became Spare Parts Manager with same firm. In 1936 the Company became a subsidiary of Caffyns and he retained the same position under the new regime. During the war handled Spare Parts for R.A.F. vehicles under C.R.O. Control and was Assistant M.T.O. Home Guard H/Q. Coy., Tunbridge. Promoted to present position, 1946. Is interested in Motor Spprt, and Cricket (plays for Eastbourne C.C.). Private Address: r, Clifton Court, Seaford. Sussex. Telephone: 3520.
RATCLIFFE, Cyril Stanley. Managing Director, Cyril S. Ratcliffe (Colchester) Ltd. Born Great Yeldharn, 2ISt December, 1885. Educated privately. Served apprenticeship in his father's foundry and machine shops. Subsequently joined with his two brothers trading as Ratcliffe Bros. in 1902. Built' " Reliable " bicycles and also Motor Bicycles. Owned and repaired primitive Motor Cars. In 1910 emigrated to Western Canada. Placed in charge of Canadian Pacific Rly's. transport depot (Packard cars). Returned to England on outbreak of war and engaged on manufacturing Stokes shells, then worked on maintenance of a fleet of farm Tractors under A.E. Committee. Invented Skeleton Wheels Patent No. 350738 and Mounted subsoil Tractor Unit Patent No. 15482. In 1927 became Managing Director of above firm and built 3 storey-building 5,400 sq. ft. at present address. Hobbies: Darts, Croquet, Billiards, Shooting, Snooker, Ice Hockey, Tobacco Growing and Riding. Has won awards for each of these accomplishments exce:q the last three. Private Address: I 14, Ipswich Road, Colchester, Essex. Telephone: 2484.
RAWSON, William Leonard. Export Manager, B.S.A. Cycles and certain Associated concerns, Small Heath, Birmingham. Born Fyzabad, India, 2nd April, 1901. Educated at Yardley Grammar School and Birmingham Central Technical College. Served five years apprenticeship with B.S.A. Cycles Ltd. and during this time obtained Higher National Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. Between 1924 and 1939 was a member of the visiting staff at Birmingham Technical College, Mechanical Engineering Department. Became Service Manager and was responsible for after sales service of all the Company's products, cycles and motor cycles. In 1939 created and organised a sub-contracting scheme under the control of B.S.A. Guns Ltd., for the manufacture and assembling of Browning and BESA Guns and Oerilkon 20 m.m. Cannon. In connection with this was awarded the M.B.E. in the 1943 Birthday Honours List. Present position includes the export side of Sunbeam Cycles Ltd. and of New Hudson Ltd. Interest: Bee-keeping. Private Address: 234, Loxley Road, Stratfordon-Avon. Telephone: 2593.
RAYMOND, Stanley Edward, M.INST.T. Chief Staff and Welfare Officer, Road Haulage Executive, 222, Marylebone Road, N.W.I. Telephone: Paddington r r61. Born London, loth August, 1913. Educated at Orphanage, and Grammar School, Hampton. Entered Civil Service in 193o as Tax Officer, later taking top place in Examination for Assistant Inspectors of Taxes. Was a member of the Executive Council of the Inland Revenue Staff Federation for many years. At beginning of 1939 resigned appointment as Inspector and became Assistant Secretary to the Society of Civil Servants. From 1940 was Chairman of the Postal and Telegraph Censorship Departmental Whitley Council (Staff Side). In 1943 volunteered for Army. Received commission in R.A. (Field) in 1944. Wounded in Normandy. Returned to Belgium as a Civil Affairs Staff Officer in March, 1945. Entered Germany with American 9th Army as a Military Government Officer and was promoted Major, 1945 and to Lieut.-Col. in 1946. In December, 1946 joined L.P.T.B. as Principal Executive Assistant to Chief Staff and Welfare Officer continuing in that position with London Transport Executive. Appointed to present post in 1948. Private Address: 48, King's Road, Richmond, Surrey. Telephone: 5846.
RAYNER, Herbert. Chief Draughtsman, Morris Motors Ltd., Cowley, Oxford, Born Nottingham, 8th April, 1898. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Grantham. Studied at Lincoln Technical School and became apprentice with Ruston & Hornsby Ltd., Grantham. Joined R.A.F. as Cadet in 1918, training as Pilot. Worked in Ruston & Hornsby's drawing office, 1919-29 joining Morris Motors Ltd. in the latter year. Between 1939 and 1945 was in charge of Technical Section, No. I Civilian Repair Unit, R.A.F. Re-joined design staff of Morris Motors at end of 1945. Became Assistant Chief Draughtsman until appointed as above in 1949. Recreations : Gardening and Tennis. Private Address: 114, Old Road, Headington, Oxford. Telephone: 6484.
READ, Philip Thomas, M.B.E., A4.114., F.I.M.I. Governing Director, Phil. Read Ltd., Torquay. Born Southampton, loth December, 1894. Educated at Isleworth Blue School and received tuition in commercial subjects with Bennett's College. Apprenticed with J. J. Allen Ltd., Bournemouth, 1910. Served in R.A.M.C. and with 1st 2nd London Heavy Battery for Officers' Training. Received Military Medal in 1917. Returned to civil life joining Vowlers Ltd. of Torquay and later Reed Bros., Torquay. Commenced on own account, 1923. Elected a Councillor of Borough, 1945. Chairman of Devon and Cornwall M.A.A., 1939140. Awarded M.B.E., 1946. Interests : Gardening, Golf and Association Football. Private Address: 118, Westhill Road, Torquay. Telephone: 88221.
READ, Ronald Clifford. New Business Manager, Mutual Finance Limited, 201, Regent Street, W.I. Born Fulham, 3rd September, 1909. Educated at Sloane School, Chelsea. Joined present concern in 1925 in junior capacity. Four years later joined the Field Staff in the London area until 1938 when received present appointment. In 1941 as result of Military Call-up was directed to Metropolitan Police Force, leaving in 1944 to join the Tool-room staff of K.L.G. Ltd. After cessation of hostilities re-joined original employers and, after a short spell on the outside staff was re-appointed New Business Manager. Is Member of Westminster East Rotary Club. Hobbies : Association Football, Cricket and Squash. Married, 1935, Constance Gambart (née Baines); one daughter. Private Address: 68, Pembroke Avenue, Berrylands, Surbiton, Surrey. Telephone: Elmbridge 6574.
READ, Terence. Divisional Manager, Marsham Tyre Co. Ltd., 67, Whitfield Street, London, W.I. Born Wanstead, 26th February, 1911. Educated at County High School, Leytonstone. Started business career on London Stock Exchange leaving in 1934 to join Stevco as Depot Manager, afterwards opened their new Branch at Barking. In 1937 left to become Manager of Colchester Depot of Marsham Tyre Co. Subsequently opened Depots at Chelmsford and Stratford. Joined R.A.F. as pilot in 1940. On demobilisation returned as Manager of Chiswick Depot. Promoted to Managership of North London Division in 1945. Founder and Secretary of West London Motor Traders Golf Section. Interests : Scriptwriting. Private Address: 16, Prebend Mansions, London, W.4. Telephone: Chiswick 0202.
READING, Eric Victor. Managing Director, Talbot Garage Company (Stourbridge) Ltd. Born Stourbridge, 1896. Educated at King Edward VI Grammar School, Stourbridge. In 1911 became an apprentice with Wolseley Motors Ltd. Served 41 years with H.M. Forces in France during World War I. Returned to Wolseley Motors on demobilisation until forming the above Company in 1922. Interests : Snooker, Football, Tennis and Gardening. Private Address: Woodside, Norton Road, Stourbridge, Worcestershire. Telephone: 5677.
READINGS, George, M.I.M.I. Managing Director, Regent Motors (G. Readings Ltd.), Cheltenham. Born Boscombe, 5th October, 1892. Educated at elementary school and became an apprentice in 1910. Served in France, 1914-19, R.A.S.C. Mobile Workshops. In 1920 founded Surrey Hills Bus Co. and sold same to Aldershot and District Traction, 1926. Founded Black & White Motorways, Cheltenham, 1926 remaining as Managing Director until selling to " Midland Red " (Birmingham and Midland Motor Omnibus Co. Ltd.) in 1930. Purchased control of above in 1931. Recreations : Bowls and Travel. Interests : Local Council, Road Safety, etc. Private Address: Cleeve Hill, Cheltenham, Glos. Telephone: 138.
REDFEARN, William Edward Allen. Special Director, English Steel Corporation. Ltd., Sheffield, 9. Born Chapel Allerton, 19th January, 19or. Educated technically at Sheffield University. Joined Vickers Ltd. in a junior capacity in 1915. During 1939 war was a Member of Lord Beaverbrook's Aircraft Steel Drop Forging Committee and also a Member of the Advisory Committee to the Ministry of Supply on Drop Forgings. Chairman of the Heavy Steel Castings Association, 1944-49. Past President of the Sheffield Trades Commercial Society. At present President to the National Association of Drop Forgers and Stampers; Chairman of the Alloy Steel Association. A member of the Council of the British Iron & Steel Federation, and also of the Ministry of Supply Steel (Re-armament) Panel. Interests : Art and Literature. Recreation : Gardening. Private Address: Tapton Lodge, 28, Tapton House Road, Sheffield, to. Telephone: 63382.
REDSTON, Thomas Vincent. Managing Director, Servis Recorders Ltd., Gloucester. Born Stroud, 13th September, 1888. Educated at Merchant Venturers' Technical College, Bristol, afterwards studying Engineering at University of Bristol. In 1912 became representative for Halford Motor Lorries in West of England. Joined 12th Gloucester (Bristol) Batn. in 1914, became Sergeant in 1915 and received Commission in same year. Served in France with Royal Engineers, rank of Captain, wounded March, 1918. Demobilised, 1919 and undertook representation of several American Companies including that of Service Recorder Co. of Cleveland, U.S.A. In 1929 formed above Company manufacturing running Time Recorders under American Licence. In addition is Managing Director of the Mercury Truck & Tractor Co. Ltd., of Gloucester and has held this position since 1929. Is a Liveryman of the Clockmakers Company and of the Woolmens Company. Is M.F.H. of the Cotswold Vale Hunt. Clubs : R.A.C. Transportation, London; Goodwood Racing; Cheltenham Steeple Chase; Cheltenham Constitutional and the Gloucester. Interests : Hunting, Shooting (including Clay Pigeon) Racing and Golf. Private Address: Barn Hay, Churchdown, Nr. Gloucester. Telephone: 3179.
REECE, Stanley Blake. Chairman and Managing Director, J. Blake & Co. Ltd., Liverpool. Born Liverpool, loth August, 1898. Educated at Eton, leaving to join Royal Flying Corps as a scout pilot. Subsequently shot down in France and made prisoner of war. Received technical training in his father's coachbuilding works, in the days when living above the works his father, the proprietor, drew wages of k2 per week. Due to various accidents has been unable to walk except with two sticks since 1932. Is President of the Liverpool Flying Club. Other Directorships include : Governing Director, Blakes Motors Ltd., Manchester. Chairman. Albany Garages Ltd. Liverpool. Chairman, Blackfriars Industrial Development Co. Ltd., Manchester. Chairman, Ross Auto & Engineering Co. Ltd., Southport. Recreations : Philately, Reading (History in particular) and all forms of Motoring. Private Address: 51, Salisbury Road, Liverpool, 19. Telephone: Garston 1085.
REED, George Ambrose. General Manager, Lep Transport Ltd., Upper Thames Street, E.C. Born London, 16th March, 1893. Educated at Basnett Grove and United Kingdom College. Served in R.A.S.C. for four years during 1914 war mainly in Near and Middle East. Afterwards became Assistant Manager, Shipping Department, Willys Overland Ltd. Joined present organisation in 1920. Among other duties was responsible for transportation of record-breaking cars and boats for Sir Henry Segrave, Sir Malcolm Campbell, Kay Don and John Cobb to the Continent, Canada and U.S.A. Recreations : Gardening and Golf. Private Address: 199, Banstead Road, Carshalton Beeches, Surrey. Telephone: Vigilant 3583.
REED, Henry Edward, F.I.M.I., A.M.INST.B.E. Service Manager, Cottee & Edwards (1939) Ltd., Nottingham. Born Grimsby, 30th March, 1888. Educated at Burgh and became an apprentice serving with his uncle at Burgh. In 1906 was employed by Colonel Cody at North Camp, Aldershot. Joined Humber's at Beeston in 1908. In 1910 took over management of a new Branch of Brainsby's, Peterborough leaving in 1919 to found " Reed's Garage," Peterborough. In 1922 resigned, to take over the new repair Branch of "A. Mulliners," Northampton. In 1936 appointed to present position in charge of the service side of above business. Hobby : Photography. Private Address: Ioo, Musters Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham. Telephone: Nottingham 88034.
REED, James Edward, M.I.M.I. Managing Director, Jas. E. Reed & Sons (Shiremoor) Ltd. Born Hill Top, Shiremoor, 17th December, 1880. Educated at New York Shiremoor Board School. Started work at age of 14, having to walk three miles prior to a 6 a.m. start when the business of Agricultural Engineers was carried on by his elder brother Wm. F. Reed who was 15 years older. Served apprenticeship in this family business of Millwrights and in 1907 took it over and commenced branching into Motor Engineering. Started two businesses in Morpeth but neither were specially successful and returned to Hill Top, concentrating more upon tractors. His two sons assist him in the business. Has served on the Committee of Newcastle & District Motor Club for 35 years and is an honorary life member. Is also a life member of the Fellowship of the Motor Industry. Private Address: 21, Glanton Road, North Shields. Tdephone: 19 I 1.
REEKS, William, A.M.I.M.I. Works Manager, Manchester Garages Ltd., Manchester, 13. Born Manchester 27th July, 1912. Educated at Nottingham Grammar School and Nottingham Sycamore. In 1930 became apprenticed in Engineering with Billingham Ltd. of Wolverhampton. Joined present firm in 1937. Served in Royal Armoured Corps, 1939-45 (Mentioned in Despatches, Western Desert, 1940). Demobilised with rank of W.O.II. Re-joined Manchester Garages Ltd. as Repair Shop foreman of their Wilmslow Branch. Studied at Manchester Technical College for I.M.I. Exams., passing and becoming elected A.M.I.M.I., 1950. Elected Affiliate Member Institution of Works Managers, 1951. Captain of Model Car Section, Altrincham Model Car and Power Boat Club. Member of Engineers Club, Manchester. Married, 1937; one daughter. Interests : Motor Sport, Travel, Model Engineering. Private Address: 10, Buckingham Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire. Telephone: 2599.
REES, Thomas Emlyn. Works Manager, Morris Motors Ltd., (Radiators Branch) Oxford. Born Aberbargoed, 7th March, 1907. Educated at Aberbargoed Elementary Schools. From 1920-1926 served as an Apprentice fitter and turner, with the Powell Duffryn Steam Coal Co. Ltd., Bargoed Engineering Works, subsequently joining their Engineering works, Ystrad-Mynach, S. Wales. Became Junior Erector with Babcock and Wilcox Ltd., Cathcart, Glasgow. Joined present firm in 1935, becoming Works Manager in 1945. Private Address: 226, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon. Telephone: 2131.
REES, W. Harold, m.i.m.i. Managing Director, George Rees & Sons Ltd., Crosshands, Llanelly. Born Crosshands, 6th November, 1903. Educated at Llanelly County School. Left school at the age of 13, to serve apprenticeship with father at above business. Has also received technical education in the employ of various Manufacturers in Engineering and received Electrical training. Is Sectional Chairman of the M.A.A. covering Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire. Recreation : Golf. Private Address: Woodlands, Crosshands, Llanelly. Telephone: Crosshands 1o.
REEVE, Edward, M.I.MECH.E. Consultant-lecturer in auto design and construction. Born Birmingham 1885. Educated at Aston Technical School; Birmingham Technical College. Became a pupil with Wolseley Motors. Lectured at Birmingham Technical College, specialising on automobile engineering and machine design. In 1918 became Superintendent and Technical Manager Wolseley Motors Ltd., Birmingham. In 1924 became a consultant. Address: 20, Reddings Road, Moseley, Birmingham, 13.
RENDLESHAM, Rt. Hon. LORD. Director, Selborne (Mayfair) Ltd. Born 15th March, 1915. Educated at Eton. Born Charles A. G. Thellusson, succeeded to his uncle's title 1943. Served during war in Royal Corps of Signals. Is married to Clare, daughter of Lt. Col. D. H. G. McCririck. Private Address: 8, Ennismore Street, Rutland Gate, S.W.7. Telephone: Kensington 4097.
RENSHAW, John Stanley, M.I.M.I. Proprietor, Clifton Street Garage, Scarborough. Born Mirfield, 5th April, 1906. Educated at St. Martin's Grammar School, receiving Technical education at Scarborough Technical School. Became an Apprentice motor engineer in 1922. Spent 3 years with Barkers Motor Coaches, Scarborough. Between 1939-45 worked for Cooke, Troughton & Simms Ltd., York, in Machine Shop. Became the proprietor of the above mentioned garage in 1945. Married Achrean (née Burgess). Recreations : Reading and Motoring. Club: Scarborough and District Motor. Private Address: 2/3, Clifton Street, Scarborough. Telephone: 791.
RENWICK, Major Gustav Adolph. Director, Scammell Lorries Ltd., and other Companies. Born 1883. Educated at Giggleswick School. Served during 1914 war—severely injured and mentioned in despatches. Is Governing Director, Fisher Renwick Ltd. Was M.P. (Nat. Con.) for Stretford, 1931-35. Director, Manchester Chamber of Commerce. Interests : Farming, Shooting, Coursing and Fishing. Address: Holystone Grange, Sharperton, Morpeth, Northumberland. Telephone: Hepple 223.
RENWICK, Sir Robert, K.B.E. Director, Lodge Plugs Ltd. Born 4th October, 1904. Educated at Eton; Trinity College, Oxford. Is partner in a firm of Stockbrokers. Was Controller of Communications, Air Ministry, 1942-45; Controller of Communications Equipment, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1942-45. Former Chairman of London Electric Supply Co. and its associated Companies. Clubs : White's, Buck's. Private Address: More Place, Betchworth. Telephone: 2145.
REYNARD, George Lupton. Proprietor of Garage in own name, Easingwold. Born Easingwold, April, 1902. Educated at Wesleyan School, Easingwold. First connected with the Motor Industry as a Mechanic in 1916. Main interest before taking up present position in 1931 was Motor Cycle Racing. Rode in four International T.T. Races in the Isle of Man coming 4th in 1927 and 6th in 1928 and in the Swiss Grand Prix, 1925 and 1928. Also a contestant in 2 Scottish 6 days, and 3 International 6 days trials. From 192931 engaged in Dirt Track racing in Halifax, Preston and York. Interest : Motor Cycle Racing. Private Address: Langford, Easingwold, York. Telephone: 249.
REYNOLDS, Charles Henry. Managing Director of Firm in own name, Manchester. Born 14th May, 1906. Educated at St. John's, and Technical College, Manchester. In 1922 opened a garage for the sale and repair of Motor Cycles, commencing to trade in Motor Cars in 1925. Inaugurated open air car sales in Manchester under the name of " The Garden Showroom " in 1934. Opened a further showroom in Manchester in 1938 and later the same year took over the business of T. V. Ricketts & Son, Rusholme. On the outbreak of war, closed the latter two branches to concentrate on precision engineering, Manufacture of aircraft components, etc. Recreation: Fishing. Hobby: Cine-Photography. Private Address: 52, Gatley Road, Gatley, Cheshire. Telephone: 564o.
REYNOLDS, Cyril Lewis Walter. Director, Thorpe Bay Garage Ltd., Thorpe Bay. Born Colne Engaine, Essex, 30th May, 1912. Educated at Pitsea School, gaining Technical education at County Evening classes, and B.I.E.T. course. First connected with the Motor Industry as an apprentice in 1928, joining present firm five years later. Due to hostilities worked as Toolmaker (Gauges, press tools, etc.) 194o-45, taking up present position in 1945. Married; one son. Interests : Gardening and Philately. Private Address: 149, Caulfield Road, Shoeburyness. Telephone: 35o.
REYNOLDS, Francis Andrew. Proprietor, Ravenscroft Service Station, Hounslow. Born Kidwelly, loth June, 1909. Educated at Llanelly County School. First connected with the Motor Industry as an apprentice in 1925. Went to Birmingham in 1929 and joined B.S.A. Cycles Ltd. During the next four years competed in many Motor Cycle Trials and races. In 1935 became Works manager of a South London Motor Firm. Started Premier School of Motoring in 1936, becoming R.A.C. Registered Instructor, giving tuition to A.T.C., A.T.S., Fire Service and Postal Service personnel during the war. In 1941 took over Osterley Motors, Osterley, and in 1947 the Ravenscroft Service Station, Hounslow. Opened Ravenscroft Travel Agency (in conjunction with London Coastal Coaches) in 1949. Married; one son. Recreations : Snooker and Billiards. Interest : The study of Architectural features of Historical and Period buildings. Private Address: 481, Great West Road, Hounslow. Telephone: 2156.
REYNOLDS, John Williams. Director and General Manager, Rapid Services (London) Ltd., W.C.I. Born Liverpool, irth August, 1896. Educated at St. Francis Xavier's College, Liverpool and Xaverian College, Manchester. Received Technical education at London Polytechnic. Commenced business career with Insurance Company and after gaining experience in all branches, specialised in Claims. Joined Hoover Company in 1926 gaining experience as a Salesman. In the same year, left to join present Company formerly known as Rapid Carrier Tricycle Co. Ltd. as Salesman. Appointed Manager, in 1931 and in 1932 persuaded Directors to open Motor dept. Operated 3-wheel vehicles on maintenance contracts, and gradually changed to light 4-wheel vehicles. Claims to be the first operator to supply commercial vehicles on " hirer-driver " basis. At above address in 1934, opened new garage covering an area of 10,000 sq. ft. and was appointed General Manager. In 1936 became Director when name of Company changed. At cessation of hostilities World War II opened new dept. manufacturing automobile accessories. During the 1914 war served with the 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharp-shooters) in Gallipoli, Egypt, Salonika and Palestine. Transferred to Derbyshire Yeomanry in 1917, serving in Bulgaria, 1918. In the second World War served in the Home Guard, 1940-41, obtaining commission in R.A.F.V.R. (training Branch) as Instructor on I/C. Engines. Recreations : Shooting, Horse Riding and Golfing. Private Address: 50, Kendal Street, Hyde Park, W.2. Telephone: Paddington 2316.
REYNOLDS-DAVIES, Richard William, B.SC., M.I.CHEM.E., F.S.S., F.INST.F. Secretary and Registrar, The Institute of Fuel, 18, Devonshire Street, London, W.I. Telephone: Langham 7124. Born Ystradyfodwg, S. Wales, 28th April, 1901. Educated at Porth Intermediate School, and University College, Cardiff. Became articled apprentice to a Company in Lord Rhondda's Cambrian Combine, receiving Technical education at the South Wales & Monmouthshire School of Mines. Had ten years experience of South Wales coal, coke and by-products. After working three years with Submerged Combustion Ltd., Westminster, on development, worked under Dr. W. R. Ormandy on research, preliminary to the marketing of Cleveland Discol motor spirit. Became Plant Manager in organic solvent production at British Industrial Solvents Ltd., Hull for ten years. In 1942 became Development Manager, R.O.F., Bridgend, responsible largely for fuses and pyrotechnics, including Pathfinder Force Stores. Became Deputy Secretary of Institute of Fuel, 1945, taking over present position in 1946. Married Mary Rebecca (née Reynolds). Interests : Motoring, Economic and Monetary affairs. Address: As above. Telephone: Langham 7126.
RHODES, Robert Stopford. Manager, Kennings Ltd., Doncaster Depot, Doncaster. Born Sheffield, 24th June, 1903. Educated Dronfield Grammar School and King Edward VII School, Sheffield. Received Technical Education at Evening School. Became an apprentice in 1918 in Sheffield and a Salesman in 1924. Joined present Company at Chesterfield in 1928, transferring to their Sheffield Depot in 1931. Appointed to present position in 1938. Interests : Rural District Council, Gardening and Shooting. Private Address: Atbara, Melton Road, Sprotboro, Doncaster. Telephone: 53192.
RICARDO, Sir Harry, KT., F.R.S. Chairman and Technical Director of Ricardo & Co. Ltd., Consultant Engineers. Born 26th January, 1885. Educated at Rugby School; Trinity College, Cambridge. Joined staff of Rendel, Palmer & Tritton as Mechanical Engineer, dealing with locos, steam plant and Diesel Engines, 1906-15. Appointed Consulting Engineer to Air Ministry after serving in similar capacity to Mechanical Warfare Dept. Engaged on Research in connection with high speed internal combustion engines. Was President, I.Mech.E., 1944-5. Has written several books and technical papers on I.C. Engines, etc. Recreations : Sailing and Gardening. Club : Athenaeum. Private Address: Woodside, Graffham, Nr. Petworth, Sussex. Telephone: Graffham 205.
RICE, John Cecil. Principal Director, Rice Caravans Ltd., Cosby, Leicester. Born London, 2nd July, 1892. Educated Westminster, receiving technical training at the Battersea Polytechnic College. Immigrated to Australia but returned just before the 191418 war. Joined the Army, served as a lorry driver throughout the Mons retreat, became Workshop Officer in Army Service Corps until demobilisation. Founded firm of Coach builders as partner. In 1926 designed and patented a folding caravan. Opened factory near Skipton for the manufacture of the Rice Folding Caravan, and became founder of present incorporated company in 1929. Took up gliding in 1931 and holds the Silver "C" badge. Since the last war has owned a number of aircraft and attended many international rallies and flying contests. Recently awarded the Silver Medal of the City of Paris by French Societe des Arts, Science et Lettres. In 1938 purchased a larger factory near Leicester and developed close-coupled, twin-axle trailers for the transport of cattle and horses. Is an Associate member of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Clubs : Royal Aero, Leicestershire Aero, Wolverhampton Aero, and is an Honorary member of the Yorkshire Aeroplane Club. Is also a member of various Gliding Clubs. Hobby : Colour Photography (Miniature). Private Address: Cosby, Leicester. Telephone: Narborough 2277.
RICHARDS, Ivor, A.M.I.MECH.E. Assistant Experimental and Research Engineer, Henry Meadows Ltd., Wolverhampton. Born Newtown, 3rd March, 1921. Educated at Newtown Grammar School and Wolverhampton and Staffordshire Technical College. In 1940 became apprentice to Henry Meadows Ltd., Wolverhampton; on completion of apprenticeship in 1945, went to the I.A.E. Research Establishment, Brentford, as a pupil for 6 months. Returned to present company, spending a year in the Design office. Appointed to present position in 1947. Interests include : Fly-Fishing, Photography and Reading. Recreations : Lawn Tennis and Swimming. Private Address: Trewern, 13, Old Fallings Lane, Wolverhampton. RICHARDS, John Cecil Thomas, A.M.I.MECH.E. Works Manager (London Works), Laystall Engineering Co. Ltd., London, S.E.I. Born Wolverhampton, 3oth September, 1902. Educated at Wolverhampton Grammar School and Wolverhampton Technical School. Joined Guy Motors Ltd., Wolverhampton in 1917, working in different capacities, including ten years as Chief Inspector and Metallurgist in charge of all inspection and the Laboratory. Joined Laystall Aircraft Co. Ltd., in 1942 as Production Engineer, transferring in 1944 to Laystall Engineering Co. Ltd., London Works. Appointed to present position in 1946. Private Address: 31, Montrose Avenue, Sidcup, Kent.
RICHARDS, Major Robin Batson. Partner, Potter and Richards, 56a, Princes Gate Mews, London, S.W.7. Born Woody Bay, 2nd August, 192o. Educated at Felsted School and the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, gaining experience in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. After completing course at the R.M.A., Woolwich, in 1939, was commissioned in the Royal Signals (Regular Army). Served during the 1939-45 war in Armoured and Infantry Divisions, holding Staff and Liaison appointments in Great Britain, Western Desert, Syria, Palestine, Italy and Germany. Qualified at Staff College and served from 1947-51 in the War Office. In 1951, having attained, rank of Major, retired from the Regular Army. Became Partner in Potter and Richards in 195o. Competes regularly in International Motor Sport in the U.K. and the Continent. In 1948 won the Coupe des Alpes International Alpine Trial. First Briton to finish in the 1949 Monte Carlo Rally. Clubs : British Racing Drivers and British Automobile Racing Club. Interests: Motor Racing, Writing, B.B.C. Commentating. Private Address: 62, Princes Gate Mews, London, S.W.7. Telephone: Kensington 6955.
RICHARDSON, Cecil George Herbert, C.B.E., B.SC., M.I.MECH.E. Director, Clayton Dewandre Company Ltd., Lincoln. Born Bexhill-on-Sea, 1892. Educated at Rawlins School, Quorn; Royal College of Science, Kensington. Joined staff of Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth & Co., Manchester. Designer and Chief Engineer until 1918 at Supermarine Aviation Works, Southampton. Works Manager, 1929 onwards, Ransome & Marles, becoming Managing Director. Recreation : Golf. Private Address: The Old Rectory, Thorpe, Newark-on-Trent ,Notts.
RICHMOND and GORDON, Duke of. President of Guild of Motoring Writers. Born 5th February, 1904. Educated at Eton; Christ Church, Oxford. Hereditary Constable of Inverness Castle. Served as Flight-Lieut., R.A.F.V.R. Succeeded to title on the death of his father in 1935. Married, 1927, to Elizabeth Grace (née Hudson); two sons. Lends Goodwood Motor Racing Track to the Guild for their Motor Show Test Day and has for many years been a Patron of Motoring. Is a Member of British Racing Drivers' Club. Private Address: Goodwood, Chichester, Sussex. Telephone: Lavant 12.
RICKETTS, Alban Charles. Works Manager, The Regent Tyre & Rubber Co. Ltd., Edmonton, N.18. Born Norwich, 14th January, 1916. Educated at St. George's Central School. In 193o joined Messrs. Brown Bros. Ltd. (Motor Tyre Dept.), leaving in 1938 to join The Marsham Tyre Co. Ltd., as Office Manager. From 1940-46 served in the Army, spending years in the Middle East, attached to the 7th Armoured Division. In 1946 rejoined the Marsham Tyre Co. Ltd. as Branch Manager. In 1948 appointed as Planning Assistant to the Regent Tyre and Rubber Co. Ltd., being promoted to present position in 1951. Married; one son, one daughter. Recreation: Gardening. Prate Address: 234, Hall Lane, Chingford,
RICKETTS, George Dudley, A.M.I.MECH.E. Inspector, Vauxhall Motors Ltd., Luton. Born 16th May, 1901. Educated at Luton Grammar School. Served apprenticeship with Vauxhall Motors Ltd., 1916-21 and studied Engineering at Luton Technical College. In 1923 became Foreman-Inspector and promoted to Assistant to Chief Inspector, 1935. Left in 1939 to become Chief Inspector, Frigidaire Ltd., Hendon until appointed to present position in 1946. Interested in Caravanning, Horticulture, Mountaineering. Married: two daughters. Secretary of Luton Branch, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1930-39. Private Address: Sannox, 14, Rosewalk, Radlett, Herts. Telephone: 6414.
RIDDIHOUGH, Norman. Publicity Manager, Automotive Products Co. Ltd., Leamington Spa. Also handles the publicity of the Associated Companies—viz. Lockheed Hydraulic Brake Co., Ltd. and Borg and Beck Co. Ltd. Private Address: 14, Gaveston Road, Leamington Spa. Telephone: 2700.
RIEKIE, George Stedman. General Manager, Jen Tug Division, Jensen Motors Ltd., West Bromwich. Born Lewes, 26th September, 1896. Educated at Brighton College, receiving practical and technical training in general engineering. Joined the Norman Thompson Flight Co., Middleton in 1913 and continued training. In 1915 joined the R.N.A.S., leaving forces in 1918 to start business on own account. In 1924 became Service Manager and Salesman with Latel Industrial Vehicles Ltd., London. eventually becoming Works Manager. In 1940 became Service Manager to David Brown Tractors Ltd., Meltham. In 1946 joined present firm as Development Engineer, being appointed -General Manager Jen Tug Division in 1949. Married in 1920; one son (Chief Draughtsman at Jensen Motors). Recreation : Gardening. Private Address: 30, Gower Road, Quinton, Birmingham, 32. Telephone: Woodgate 3669.
RIGBY, Mortimer Hulme, B.SC.(ENG.), A.M.I.MECH.E. Body Engineer, Messrs. Park Ward Ltd., London, N.W.Io. Born Malvern Wells, 17th August, 1918. Educated at Clifton College and Birmingham University. Became Engineering Pupil, Rolls Royce Experimental Dept., Motor Car Division and spent six months as an Apprentice at B.T.H. Co., Rugby in 1939. Joined Rolls Royce Tank Division Experimental Dept., in 1941 and in 1943 carried out Desert Trials of Cranwell Tank for M. of S. in Middle East. In 1944 became attached to R.E.M.E. and I.E.M.E. in Far East Command including two Refrigeration Repair Sections, and an Independent Indian Workshop Section. Demobilised with the rank of Captain. Rejoined Rolls Royce, Motor Car Division as Body Development Engineer in 1947. Became Body Engineer with Messrs. Park Ward Ltd., in 1951. Married, Vernie Anne (née Sharp). Recreations : Golf and Squash. Interests : Music and Photography. Private Address: Dunnington Court, Alcester, Warwickshire.
RILEY, Bernard Ernest. Secretary/Accountant, Allard Motor Co., London, S.W.4. Born Bradford, 22nd December, 1918. Educated at Selhurst Grammar School, Croydon. Became articled to a firm of Certified Accountants in 1934. Served in the R.A.M.C., 1939-46 in U.K., France, Nigeria, India and Burma. Upon demobilization rejoined accountants. First connected with the Motor Industry as Assistant Accountant to Adlards Motors Ltd., London, in 1947. Joined the Allard Motor Co. Ltd., as Secretary/Accountant in 195o. Married; one daughter. Interests : Radio, Music and Philately. Private Address: 66, Fallsbrook Road, Streatham, London, S.W.I6.
RILEY, Wilfred, B.COMM., A.S.A.A. Company Secretary, Lamberts of Kingston Ltd., Kingston-on-Thames. Born Brierfield, 22nd August, 1906. Educated at Nelson Secondary School. Became Accountant's Clerk, spending five years in Accountants and Auditors Office. First connected with the Motor Industry as Company Secretary in 1928, to Ford Main Dealers, Burnley, Lancs. Joined present concern as Company Secretary in 1937. Married; one son. Interest : Gardening. Private Address: Sandlea, 15, Glenwood Road, Stoneleigh, Epsom. Telephone: Ewell 7161.
RIPPON, Harold Cecil. Designer and Chief Draughtsman, R. A. Dyson & Co. Ltd., Liverpool, 8. Born Liverpool, 19th April, 1916. Educated at St. Margaret's School and City Technical College. Joined the above firm as office boy in 193o. Transferred to the Drawing Office in 1932 serving six years. Became Works; Inspector, then Chief Inspector. Between. 1940-45 was Production Manager and until 1947 the Buyer. In 1947 re-joined Drawing Office as Chief Draughtsman, and later in that year became Designer. Produced an all alloy Lightweight Semi-trailer weighing 26 cwts. and capable of carrying 10 tons; also at the other. end of the scale a 100 ton trailer. Recreations : Shooting and Motoring. Interest : Photography. Private Address: 5, Lambton Road, Aigburth, Liverpool, 17.
RIPPON, Col. Reginald, T.D., J.P. Chairman and Managing Director, Rippon Bros. Ltd., Huddersfield. Born Huddersfield, 15th July, 1889. Educated at Giggleswick. Is a member of Council of Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers (President, 1933-4-5.). Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers. Freeman of the City (Elected to the Court, 1948). Honley member of Holmfirth U.D.C. since 1940. Vice-Chairman of grouped body of Governors of County Secondary Schools, Agbrigg Division. Vicar's Warden, Almondbury Parish Church. Member of Board of Management of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary and other Hospitals until Nationalisation. Fellow of the Institute of British Carriage & Automobile Manufacturers and representative of the Inst. on the Council of the National Federation of Vehicle Trades. His military service included enlistment in 5th Battn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment in 1908. Served in five theatres of war, 1914-1918. Command of Battn. 1928-32 and command of 26th Battn. (Huddersfield) Home Guard, 1940-44. Clubs : Huddersfield, Royal Automobile, Royal Scottish Automobile, Fixby, North Berwick. Recreations : Walking, Shooting and Golf. Private Address: Honley House, Honley, Nr. Huddersfield. Telephone: Honley 96.
RIVERS FLETCHER, Alec Francis, A.M.I.PROD. E., A.M.INST.B.E. Public Relations Officer, The Owen Organisation (Rubery Owen & Co. Ltd.). Born Whetstone 1912. Educated at Alford. After being passenger mechanic to the late Sir Malcolm Campbell, in 1928, joined Bentley Motors Ltd. in 1929. Founded and became first Secretary to the E.R.A. Club in 1935, Chairman 1937/39. President, North London Enthusiasts Car Club from 1947. Competition Secretary, Vintage Sports Car Club, 1948. Chairman, Racing and Social Committee of the B.R.M. Association, 1951. During the war organised the Rembrandt Series of Meetings in London. Organised the first post-war motor racing meeting—the Cockfosters Rally—in August, 1945. Has raced cars since 1946.. Recreation: Motor Sport. Private Address: Noddings, Eversleigh Road, New Barnet, Herts. Telephone: Barnet 2177.
ROBB, Elsie May. Partner, Robb's Garages, Wallasey. Born Birkenhead, 1907. Educated at Rock Ferry Convent. Became a Shorthand Typist -with the Birkenhead Corporation. First connected with the Motor Industry as Secretary in 1926. Married J. Robb, 1936 and assisted in business as Secretary. Became Partner in 1951 on reformation of business. Interests : Tennis and Cycling. Private Address: 2, Broadway Avenue, Wallasey. Telephone: 1384.
ROBB, John. Senior Partner and Founder of garages in own name, Wallasey. Born Poulton, 1907. Educated at Liscard College. Upon leaving school worked for some time with Father in Tobacco business. Became an apprentice in 1925 with F. W. Apperley & Son Ltd., New Brighton. Commenced trading on own account in 1933, forming partnership with wife in 1951. One son, one daughter. Interests : Shooting and Snooker. Private Address. 2, Broadway Avenue, Wallasey. Telephone: 1384.
ROBBINS, Brian, M.SC.(ENG.), A.C.G.I., M.I.MECH.E. Secretary, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Storey's Gate, St. James' Park, S.W.'. Born 1st May, 1900. Educated at Christ's Hospital where he first studied Engineering, gaining a Clothworkers' Scholarship to the City & Guilds (Engineering) College, S. Kensington. There he took a mechanical engineering degree after serving for a short period in R.E. at end of World War I. Was awarded an Unwin Scholarship for research work. This followed the degree course and led to the Diploma of the Imperial College. Afterwards spent four-and-a-half years at Vauxhall Motors Ltd., where he obtained workshop training and planning-office experience, before returning to College for a period of research and teaching. Later joined the Institute of Automobile Engineers as Assistant Secretary, and was appointed Secretary, 1934. Was in A.O.E.R. prior to war, and was absorbed into War Office on outbreak of hostilities. Engaged on recruitment of Officers for R.A.S.C. until transferred to the Directorate of Military Training (M.T.5). In 1942 posted to Western Command H.Q. where he co-ordinated and developed the facilities for trade training and testing throughout the Command and afterwards in Northern Ireland. In 1945 released from R.E.M.E. with rank of Lieut-Col. As a result of the amalgamation between I.Mech.E. and the former Inst. of Mechanical Engineers, he became a member of the I.Mech.E. staff in 1947, as an assistant Secretary and taking Sir Henry Guy's place as Secretary in 1951. Was a graduate of the Institution in 1919, an Associate in 1927 and a member in 1941. Clubs : Royal Automobile and St. Stephen's. Private Address: Dulverton, 8, Holland Avenue, Sutton, Surrey.
ROBERTS, Charles Edwin. Proprietor of Garage in own name, Spilsby, Lincs. Born Harrington, 18th November, 1895. Educated County School, Sausthorpe, and Correspondence College. Apprenticed to Messrs. Dodds Ltd., Spilsby in 1910. During the 1914-19 war served in the Lincs. Regt. In 1919 became Engineers Store-Keeper and Fitter, Steelworks, Scunthorpe. Founded own business in 1928. Served in the Royal Observer Corps 1939-1950. Was Hon. Secretary, Spilsby Motor Cycle Club, 1933-38. Married, 1925; one son, three daughters. Interests Amateur Theatricals and Gardening. Private Address: Boston Road, Spilsby, Lincs. Telephone: 2160.
ROBERTS, Elwyn Harold. Managing Director, Roberts Garages, Holywell. Born Holywell, loth November, 1909. Educated Holywell County School. Became an Apprentice in the Motor Industry in 1926. After serving apprenticeship joined his father's business, which was established in 1900. Competed in Motor Cycle and Car Trials, and won several awards. Joined the Army in 1940, being attached to the R.A.O.C. and transferred to R.E.M.E. on its formation. Served on Technical Training until demobilisation in 1945 when he became Managing Director. Private Address: Rockholme, Lloc, Holywell. Telephone: Holywell 252.
ROBERTS, George Alfred, M.I.M.I., M.I.I.A., F.I.W.M., F.I.A.C. Managing Director, Ripaults Limited, Southbury Road, Enfield. Born Harringay, 27th June, 1905. Educated at Higher Grade School; Hornsey School of Art; Clark's College; Regent Street Polytechnic. Commenced business career as Junior Draughtsman with Turner Lord & Co. in 1919. Became a clerk with present firm in 1922, then Cashier, Assistant Secretary, Accountant, Secretary, General Manager and in 1936, Managing Director. Past President Enfield Rotary Club, Chairman Board of Governors, Enfield Technical College. Vice-President Enfield District Manufacturers' Association. President Enfield District Works and Sports Clubs Association. Is a Member of many Committees and Councils in connection with the Cable Making Industry. Chairman of Winchmore Hill Cricket Club and interested in Youth Training and Employment. Club : Royal Automobile. Married; one daughter. Private Address: 17, Eversley Crescent, London, N.2 I. Telephone: Laburnum 3083.
ROBERTS, Ivor Llewelyn. Director, Ivor L. Roberts & Son Ltd., Swansea. Born Swansea, 22nd April, 1879. Educated at National Higher Grade and Technical Schools, Swansea. Apprenticed to Engineering, serving for five years with John S. Brown, Swansea. Later became charge-hand with Glamorgan Engineering Co., Swansea. Also studied electrical engineering with Arthur T. Evans. Started business on own account in 1904. Business converted into a Limited Company in 1932. Has been actively interested in Rifle Shooting since the age of 18 (is now 73). Won County Recruits Medal at Bisley, 1898; Bisley Members' Cup, 1924 and was selected for Welsh International Teams 1903-47. His son—a co-Director of the firm—was killed by the Japanese off Singapore, 1942. Son was also an international Marksman. Private Address: 96, Bryn Road, Swansea. Telephone: 57708.
ROBERTS, John Drumm. Depot Manager, Kennings Ltd., Lichfield, Staffs. Born Burton-on-Trent, 17th April, 1901. Educated St. Mary and Modwens School, receiving technical education at the Art and Science School. Worked in Automobile and Aircraft office (Design), becoming draughtsman in 1918. Joined present firm as Depot Manager in 1928. Interests : Boating, Flying, Golf, Photography and Music. Private Address: 196, Burton Road, Burtonon-Trent. Telephone: 385o.
ROBERTS, Thomas Bostock. Director, J. F. Buckingham Ltd., Kenilworth. Born Kenilworth, 6th April, 1916. Educated at Leamington College, receiving technical training at Leamington Technical College. Served indentured apprenticeship at the Eagle Engineering Co. Ltd., Warwick from 1933-38. In. that year joined Morris Motors Ltd., Engines Branch, as Jig and Tool Draughtsman. In 1940 joined S.U. Carburettors. Appointed to Chief Jig and Tool Draughtsman. In 1943 returned to Morris Motors Ltd. (Engines Branch) as Planning Engineer, holding that position until joining present firm in 1945. Became Director of J. F. Buckingham Ltd. in 1946. Interests : Athletics. Private Address: Sandiway, Meeting House Lane, Balsall Common, Nr. Coventry. Telephone: Berkswell 3108.
ROBERTSON, Andrew, F.R.S., D.SC. President Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 1945-46. Educated at Manchester University; D.Sc. and Fairbairn Prize. Demonstrator in Engineering, Manchester University. Major (Tech.) R.A.F., Prof. of Mech. Engineering, Bristol University, 1919-46. President Section G. British Association, 1950. Principal of Bristol Merchant Venturers' Technical College, 1924-49. Has published a number of technical papers mostly about Engineering. Address: 2, Stoke Park Road, Bristol, 9.
ROBERTSON, James, M.B.E., Managing Director, James Robertson (Factors), Ltd., Glasgow. Born Glasgow, 1st March, 1892. Educated at Queen's Park Higher Grade School and studied engineering at Royal Technical College. In 1909 became a trainee with The North British Machine Coy. Ltd., leaving them to serve, in Palestine mostly, during 1915-19. On release from H.M. Forces founded own business (1919) as Motor & Cycle Factor. Served 1940, 2nd in Command, 3rd City of Glasgow Battn. Home Guard. Appointed Justice of Peace, City of Glasgow in the same year. In 1941 became Managing Director, Atkins, Robertson & Whiteford Ltd., Electronic Engineers. President of Motor Factors' Association, r946-47. Formed present firm. in. 195r. Is Past President Glasgow Rotary Club.. Member of Committee of the Group of General Motor Factors, S.M.M. & T:, and of various Glasgow Trade Associations. Member of Chamber of Commerce. Clubs : Conserva.tive, Royal Scottish Automobile. Married, Elizabeth Mather (née Hay); one son, two daughters. Recreations : Angling, Shooting and Photography. private Address: 17, Sherbrooke Avenue, Glasgow, S.'. Telephone: Ibrox 00 17.
ROBINSON, Edward. Proprietor and Managing Director, Tricroft Motors Ltd., Birmingham. Born Birmingham, 15th February, 1907. Educated at St. Philips Grammar School, and Birmingham Technical College. In 1922 became a Competition Motor Cycle Mechanic, competing as amateur in Motor Cycle trials and racing. Joined Morris Commercial Cars Ltd. in 1926, working as mechanic in Experimental and Service Depts. Eventually put in charge of Service Test. Then became Outside Service Mechanic to Senior Technical Representative. Spent the early part of the war as lecturer to the Forces on Nuffield Wheeled and Track vehicles. In 1941 released by the Nuffield Organization to manage Army Auxiliary Workshop for the M. of S. and trainee workshop for Army Training. In 1949 formed Company and took over business and assets of Tricroft Motors Ltd. Interests : Small boats, Car Racing, Gardening and the Study of Old Inns of Great Britain. Private Address: 197, St. Bernards Road, Olton, Warwickshire.
ROBINSON, Ernest Wardle. , Commercial Manager, Morris Motors Ltd., Radiators Branch, Oxford. Born Sheffield, 3rd September, 1903. Educated at Narborough Road School, Leicester, and Suffolk Street Technical School, Birmingham. After serving with the Brooke Tool Co., The Birmingham Tool and Gauge Co., and Kynoch's Ltd., joined Vauxhall Motors Ltd. in 1928 as Die Designer. Joined Morris Motors Ltd., Radiators Branch, as Draughtsman in 193o. Appointed Chief Draughtsman in 1938, Assistant Works Manager in 1942 and Chief Sales Engineer in 1945. Later became Sales Manager and appointed to present position in 1950. Recreations : Lawn Tennis and Golf. Married, Edith (née Davis); one t;on, one daughter. Private Address: 20, Southdale Road, Oxford.
ROBINSON, Lieut. Harry David. Depot Manager, G.K. Tyre Services, Worksop. Born Sheffield, 9th April, 1928. Educated at Rotherham Grammar School. On leaving school, entered the Indian Army, being commissioned at Bangalore, India. On completion of service, returned to the U.K. becoming a Lieut. in the Royal Artillery (Anti-Aircraft). Upon demobilisation in 1948 became a Wholesale Grocery Representative. First connected with the Motor Industry as Representative in 1950. Took up present position as Depot Manager in 1951. Is a Member of Bty 467 (York and Lancaster) H.A.A. Regt., R.A. (T.A.) at Barnsley. Keen Sportsman. Private Address: Thorn Garth, Munsborough Lane, Greasbrough, Rotherham.
ROBINSON, Reginald Percy. Managing Director, Premier Engineering Co. Ltd., Scarborough. Born Seacroft, 1st December, 1893. Educated Leeds Grammar School and Leeds Technical College. In 1909 apprenticed to B.S.A. Co. Ltd., and later to Baguley Cars Ltd., Burtonon-Trent. In 1915 became Works Manager with Salmon Motor Co. Joined the Royal Flying Corps as Technician on Engine and Carburettor research. In 1921 became the founder of the Premier Engineering Co. Ltd., specialising in car and Marine engines. Produced and manufactured small general purpose engines, also Patent Line haulers for fishing boats. Private Address: 20, West Street, Scarborough. Telephone: 519.
ROBINSON, Ward Eric Arthur. General Secretary, National Federa tion of Vehicle Trades and Secretary Institute of British Carriage and Automobile Manufacturers. Also the Institution of Body Engineers. Addresses: 5o, Pall Mall, S.W.I. Telephone: Whitehall 8378/9. Born London, 18th September, 1913. Educated St. Malo College, Brittany. First connected with the Motor Industry 1939. Became General Secretary and Secretary of the above mentioned concerns in 195o. Recreations : Mainly sporting.
ROBOTHAM, William Arthur. Director (Rolls-Royce Ltd.), and General Manager, Rolls-Royce Ltd., Oil Engine Division, Derby. Born Derby, 26th November, 1899. Educated at Repton School, going straight from there into the Army, just completing training and obtaining commission at the close of the 1914 war. In 1919 became a Premium Apprentice at Rolls Royce Ltd., Derby. On expiration of indentures, entered the Experimental Dept., and became head of the Chassis Experimental Dept. in 1930. At the request of Lord Beaverbrook, in 1941, loaned by the Company to the M.O.S. to become Chief Engineer of Tank Design until 1943. During this period the Cromwell Tank was evolved; served for a short time on the Tank Board, visiting America in 1942 as Member of the Tank Mission. In 1945 appointed Chief Engineer of the Motor Car Division, joining the Rolls-Royce Board in 1949. Made General Manager of the newly created Oil Engine Division in 1950. Clubs : The Travellers, The Albany. Recreations : Shooting, Farming, Fishing, Tennis. Hobby: Photography. Married, 1946, Jeanne (née Ekins); 2 sons, 1 daughter.
ROBSON, Alfred John. Managing Director, Wm. & Thos. Robson Ltd., London E.C.I Born London, loth January, 1884. First connected with the Motor Industry on its inception. Previously employed on Commercial Horse-drawn Road Vehicles.
ROBSON, Arnold Christian, A.M.I.MECH.E., F.I.M.I. Managing Director, Graham and Roberts Ltd., Carlisle. Born Houghton, 2ISt October, 1906. Educated at Carlisle Grammar School, receiving Technical training at Coventry Technical College. Commenced apprenticeship with present Company in 1922, also serving apprenticeship with the Daimler Co. Ltd., Coventry, 1924-28. Commissioned 1941 in R.A.O.C. then R.E.M.E. Attached to the Royal Dragoons with 8th Army in Middle East and Italy. Is also Managing Director of Evco Ltd., Glasgow. Is Chairman of Cumberland and Westmorland Region I.M.I. Married, 1933• Recreations: Golf, Badminton, Tennis and Gardening. Private Address: Parkside, St. Aidan's Road, Carlisle. Telephone: 866.
ROBSON, Leslie Frederick, m.i.m.r. Director and Service Manager, Graham and Roberts Ltd., Carlisle. Born Carlisle, 6th August, 1904. Educated at Carlisle Grammar School. Served apprenticeship with own firm, finishing final year at Morris Motors, Cowley. Returned to Graham and Roberts Ltd., becoming Director and Service Manager in 1929. Interests : Motor Racing. Is an appointed R.A.C. Scrutineer. Private Address: The White Cottage, Skinburness, Silloth. Telephone: Silloth 66.
ROCK, Henry James. Depot Manager, K.P. Tyre Services Ltd., Hull. Born Chatham, 3oth May, 1917. Educated at Taunton. Served with the Royal Marine Commandos during the war. Taken prisoner of war at Tobruk. Escaped several times from various camps in Italy and Germany. Upon release in 1945 joined Tyresoles Ltd., Wembley, as trainee. Joined present concern in 1948, becoming Depot Manager in 1951. Interests : Cricket, Tennis, Swimming and Sociology. Private Address: 43, Bernadette Avenue, Anlaby Common, Hull.
RODOCANACHI, Theodore Pandia. Director (Financial), University Motors Ltd., London, W.I. Born London, 7th July, 1897. Educated at Eton, receiving Technical training at Siddeley Deasey Ltd., Coventry in 1915. Joined small country Garage in 1919 and became Motor Salesman with C. H. Parker & Co. Notting Hill in 1923. Joined University Motors Ltd. as Salesman in 1929, taking up present position in 1948. Is also a Director of their various subsidiary Companies. Recreations : Golf and Tennis. Hobby: Photography. Private Address: 81, Cadogan Gardens, London, S.W.3.
RODWAY, Reginald Henry. Proprietor of business in own name, Wimborne. Born Gloucester, 17th December, 1900. Educated at Gloucester and Newport. On leaving School became an apprentice, 1914., also attending Newport Technical College for further training in the evenings. Joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1918 and served until demobilisation in 1919. Returned to complete apprenticeship, and sought practical experience in various workshops. In 1923 opened own garage, expanding and building up present business. Outside interest : Chairman, Allenbridge Electric Ltd., Wimborne and Blandford. Hobby : Cinematography. Recreations : Boating, Civil Affairs and Rotary. Private Address: Sidcot, Salter Road, Sandbanks, Bournemouth. Telephone: Canford Cliffs 78383.
ROEBUCK, John Owen. Deputy Managing Director, United Lubricants Ltd., Bentley Maudesley & Co. Ltd. and Neasden Oil Co. Ltd., Fulham. Born Badulla, Ceylon, 6th August, 1913. Educated at Epworth College, receiving technical training at London Polytechnic. First connected with the Motor Industry in 1937 as Advertising Manager, Vacuum Oil Co. Ltd. Took up present position in 1950. Interests : Officers' Reserve, Amateur Dramatics and Squash. Private Address: 93, Longton Avenue, Sydenham, S.E.26. Telephone: Forest Hill 8014.
ROESCH, Georges Henry, M.I.MECH.E., M.S.A.E., M.S.I.A. Mechanical Consultant, National Gas Turbine Establishment, Pystock, Hampshire. Born 15th April, 1891 in Geneva, Switzerland. Educated at Geneva College, Technical Section, 1909. Became a student with Automobiles Gregoire, Paris and later with Delaunay-Belleville. In 1911 became designer to Renault, and in 1914 to Daimler's, Coventry. From 1916 until 1939, was Chief Engineer to Clement Talbot Ltd., and created in 1919, the first car made under patents 115881-3-4-5. Was also responsible, in 1922, for prototype built to War Office Specification for 3o cwt. Lorry. Also produced to/23 model 4 cyls. io6o cc. push rod, overhead valves, which lapped Brooklands at more than 90 m.p.h. in 1923. Later designed the 14/45 model which was shewn at Olympia, 1926. The Type 90 21 litre which was so successful at Brooklands in the 50o mile race, 1930, the 1931 Type 105, 3 Litre, the 1932 Type 105, 3 Litre and the 1938 Type 110, 3.3 Litre (Brooklands average lap 129.6 m.p.h.) Hobby : Mountaineering. Married to Violet (née Baker). Private Address: 53, Woodlands, London, N.W. II. Telephone: Speedwell 4737.
ROGERS, John, 0.B.E., F.R.I.C. Chairman, Imperial Chemical Industries Ltd. Born 24th May, 1878. Educated, Board School; Technical College, Glasgow. Became a research chemist, Ardeer Factory, 1899. Nobel's Technical Superintendent, 1908. Technical Manager, 1918. Technical Director, 1920. Deputy Chairman, 1940. Also Director of African Explosives and Chemical Industries, Ltd. Cape Explosives Works Ltd. Club : Chemical. Private Address: Westington Mill, Chipping Campden, Glos.
ROGERS, Leslie Thomas, M.I.hi.I. Chairman, The " Bee " Cycle and Motor Co. Ltd., Liverpool, 7. Born Liverpool, 27th March, 1906. Educated at the Liverpool Collegiate School. Commenced business with the above firm in 1923 as an apprentice. The business was founded by his father the late F. C. Rogers, in 1904. Company became limited in 1927, when he then became a director, prior to which he served as Salesman, Motor Cycle Manager and Administrative Manager. Upon the death of his father in 1944, was elected to his present position. Married, 1940; two daughters. Outside interests : Member of the Liverpool City Council since 1946, also Deputy Chairman Wavertree Parliamentary Constituency (Conservative). Other Trade Interests include, Chairman, Newington Trading Co. Ltd. and Director, Rushtons (St. Helens) Ltd. Recreations : Keen Motorist and Gardener. Private Address: Elm House, Roby Road, Roby, Lancs. Telephone: Huyton 1286.
ROLFE, Alec. Director, B. A. Rolfe & Sons Ltd., and Country Life Caravan Co., Romsey. Born Romsey, 1926. Educated at Wellow Wood School and Peter Symonds (Winchester). Is the youngest son of B. A. Rolfe who founded the firm. Recreation: Tennis. Interest: Caravan rallies. Private Address: Woodley Court, Romsey, Hants. Telephone: 3185.
ROLFE, Dennis, M.I.MEC.H.E., Managing Director, B. A. Rolfe & Sons Ltd., Ro:nsey. Born Romsey, 1908. Educated at Osborne House School, Romsey. Started work with his father when the latter commenced business 20 years ago. When the business became a Limited Company he became Managing Director (1948). Interest: Caravanning— started the Country Life Caravan Co. after the end of war. Present premises gutted by fire in 1949, have now been replaced. by modern factory. Private Address: Mile Hill, Romsey, Hants. Telephone: 3185.
ROLINSON, George Herbert, A.M.I.M.I., A.I.R.T.E. Director and Engineer, James B. Rolinson Ltd., Glasgow, S.E. Born Glasgow, 2ISt November, 1917. Educated at Woodside Secondary School, and received Technical education at the Stow College of Engineering. Commenced apprenticeship in 1935• During the 1939-45 war was an Aircraft fitter. Took up present position in 1946. Interested in the History of the Motor Vehicle. Private Address: 1320, Argyle Street, Glasgow, C.3.
ROLLO, Thomas Landale. Secretary to W. H. Harris (Motors) Ltd., Leven and Caledonian Motors (Leven) Ltd. Born Cupar, 7th January, 1908. Educated at Bell Baxter School, Cupar; St. Andrews University and Glasgow University. Is Solicitor in Cupar. Senior partner in firm of own name. First connected with the Motor Industry as Secretary in 1947 to the two above mentioned firms. Commands the 6th, 7th Bn., The Black Watch (R.V.R.) Territorial Army. Private Address: 67, Crossgate, Cupar. Telephone: 3237.
ROODHOUSE, Frederick Madden. Sales Manager, Marsham Tyre Co. Ltd., 207-13, Oxford Street, London, W.I. Born Bilston, 13th August, 1907. Educated at Bourne College and Bournemouth School. Joined Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co. as Office Manager, 1928, Norwich and Leeds. Appointed Tyre Salesman, North and East Riding of Yorks, 1930. Joined present Company at Hull as Tyre Salesman, 1932• Appointed Divisional Manager, East Midlands, 1938. Promoted to present position, 1952• Recreations : Golf, Shooting, Motor Sport and Reading. Married, 1930, Christine Mary (née Cowden-Dunning). Private Address: 9, Russell Drive, Wollaton, Nottingham. Telephone: Nottingham 77456.
ROOTES, Arthur Desmond. Sales Manager, Humber and Hillman, Rytonon-Dunsmore. Born Hawkhurst, 5th October, 1913. Educated at Cranbrook School. For five years from 1932 engaged in the production of advertising for Car and Tobacco Companies with Basil Butler Co. Ltd., after studying Photo-engraving. Lithography, Block Making, etc. at Bolt Court School in Fleet Street. In 1937 became Advertising Manager, Clement-Talbot Ltd. Served 1939-46 in H.M. Forces. In 1946 became Sales Promotion Manager, Rootes Group, Manufacturing Division. Appointed to present position, September, 1949. Private Address: Borrowell, Kenilworth. Telephone: 14o.
ROOTES, Leonard William. Depot Manager, Rootes Ltd., High Street, Rochester. Born Hawkhurst, loth January, 1912. Educated at Cranbrook School. In 193o became apprentice to Geo. Heath Ltd., Birmingham, the following year taking up apprenticeship with Maison Talbot Suresnes, Paris. In 1934, became Chassis Inspector with Commer Cars Ltd., Luton, later joining Sales Department of Hillman Motor Car Co. Ltd. In 1937 appointed Wholesale Representative, Rootes Group Products, London, and in 1938 joined Warwick Wright Ltd., London, Wholesale SunbeamTalbot. Served during the war in R.A.O.C. and R.E.M.E., mostly in Far East, demobilised with rank of Major. Taking up present position in 1946. Married; two sons, one daughter. Interests : Motoring and Gardening. Private Address: Bimbury Lodge, Cobham Road, Strood, Kent. Telephone: 78173.
ROOTES, Sir Reginald Claud, K.T. Deputy Chairman, Rootes Motors Ltd., and Director of Associated Companies. Born Goudhurst, loth October, 1896. Educated at Cranbrook School. Commenced career as Civil Servant in Admiralty. Entered Motor Industry in Rootes Ltd., and subsequently became Managing Director of many of the firms within the " Rootes Group." President of the S.M.M. & T. 1945-46, and Deputy President 1946-50. Private Address: Rumwood Court, Langley, Nr. Maidstone, Kent. Telephone: Otham 8411o.
ROOTES, Timothy David. Director, Rootes Motors Limited, Piccadilly, London, W.I. Born Maidstone, 26th May, 1925. Educated at Harrow. Served apprenticeship with Humber Ltd., Coventry, 1942-44. Military service, 1944-47. Appointed to Board, November, 1947. Private Address: Rumwood Court, Langley, Nr. Maidstone, Kent. Telephone: Otham 8411o.
ROOTES, Sir William Edward, K.B.E. Chairman, Rootes Motors Ltd. and Associated Companies. Born 17th August, 1894. Educated at Cranbrook School. Engineering Pupil Singer Motors and started on own account at Maidstone, 1913. Served in R.N.V.R. 1915-17. Subsequently formed Automobile Distributing Co., Rootes Ltd. Extensive interests in Motor Manufacturing and other Companies of Rootes Group, etc. President of S.M.M. & T., 1939-42. Chairman Supply Council, Ministry of Supply, 1941-42; Chairman of Dollar Exports Council and serves on a number of Councils and Committees. Private Address: Stype Grange, Hungerford, Berks. Telephone: 33.
ROOTES, William Geoffrey. Director, Rootes Motors Ltd., and associated Companies — Managing Director of Humber Ltd. (Car Manufacturing Division of Rootes Group.), Coventry. Born Loose, Kent, 14th June, 1917. Educated at Harrow School; Christ Church, Oxford. Entered Rootes Group in 1937 since when has been concerned with the Group in various capacities, except for period of war service, 1939-46. Became a Director of Humber Ltd., in February, 1947 and Managing Director, January, 1950. Private Address: 54, Kenilworth Road, Coventry. Telephone: 67438.
ROPER, Frank Brittain, F.I.M.I., M.S.M.A. Governing Director, Frank B. Roper Ltd., Sheffield, 2. Born 8th June, 1885. Educated at Sharrow Council School and Central Secondary School, Sheffield. Took active interest in Cycling on road and track as an amateur, 1900-05. Transferred interest to Motor-Cycle Sport in 1908. Held various positions on the sales side of his father's business (Roger & Wreaks) until founding present motor firm in 1911. Past President of Sheffield Section, M.A.A. and late member of London Council of M.A.A. Chairman of Sheffield Centre of Motor and Cycle Trades Benevolent Fund, 1916-51. Currently local treasurer of this fund. Married, 1914, Grace Ida (née Mathewman). Interests : Public Work and Organising Social Events. Recreations : Golf and Gardening. Private Address: Greenways, Abbey Crescent, Beauchief, Sheffield, 7. Telephone: 71018.
ROSE, Alfred Gladstone, A.C.W.A. Works Director, Triplex Safety Glass Co. Ltd., Birmingham, 3o. Born Walton-on-Naze, 19th May, 1898. Educated at London University. Served with the Suffolk Regiment from 1914-1918. Trained as an accountant with Messrs. Gibson, Harris, Gardi ier & Co., London, 1918-26. First conne :ted with the Motor Industry as Assistant Compt:oller with Vauxhall Motors Ltd., in 1926. Jo:ned the Triplex Safety Glass Co. Ltd. as Works Secretary in 1929, being appointed General Manager in 1943, and taking up present position in 1948. Is also a Director of Weldall and Assembly Ltd. Outside interests include I.P.E. and is a Member of Birmingham Council of I.A.A. Married, 1922, Kathleen (née Davis); one son. Recreations : Swimming and Walking. Private Address: 34, Pitmaston Court, Moseley, Birmingham, I3. Telephone: South 3589.
ROSE, Geoffrey William, O.B.E., A.M.I.MECH.E. Production Controller, Morris Motors Ltd., Tractor and Transmissions Branch, Ward End, Birmingham. Born Wimbledon Park, 28th January, 1916. Educated at King's College School, Wimbledon. Became an engineering apprentice at Wolseley Motors Ltd , Birmingham, 1934-38, studying also at Birmingham Central Technical College. After apprenticeship, appointed Assistant to Production Engineer. Left in 1939, serving in R.A.O.C. as Lieut. O.M.E. with B.E.F. in France and Belgium. Appointed Staff Capt. War Office, 1941 and D.A.Q.M.G., 1942. On formation of R.E.M.E. appointed D.A.D.M.E., War Office, and worked on planning, organisation and mobilisation of Field Force Units. Joined Field Marshal Montgomery's staff at 21 Army Group, 1944 as A.D.M.E. (Lieut-Col.) and served with H.Q. in France and Germany until demobilised in 1946. (Awarded O.B.E. Twice mentioned in Despatches. T.D. 1946). Re-joined Wolseley Motors Ltd., 1946 and appointed Production Co-ordinator. Became Personal Assistant to Director and General Manager, E. G. Morley, 1948. Appointed Production Controller, 1949. Married, 1946, Margaret (née Lindsay); two sons. Interests : Politics (Liberal), Industrial Relationships, Literature,, Music, Tennis. Private Address: 86, Welford Road, Shirley, Warwickshire. Telephone: 2341.
ROSE, John Russell, J.P., M.INST.B.E. Director, Cox & Co. (Leeds) Ltd. Born Halifax, 19th September, 1874. Studied, engineering at Bradford Technical College. Served apprenticeship with Hopkinson, Rose & Walsh. In 1896 engaged in manufacture of cycles and in 1899 switched to cars. Founded Central Garage Ltd., Bradford in 1908. Was Director of this and six other Companies. Has always taken a keen interest in amateur athletics. Private Address: Carlyle House, Mariner's Drive, Bradford.
ROSE, Raymond Hugh, M.I.MECH.E. Technical Director, Lea Francis Cars, Ltd., Coventry. Born Southampton, 1886. Educated at Taunton School. Trained with Humber's, Coventry. Became chief draughtsman with Sunbeam Motor Co., chief designer with Belsize Motors, Crossley Motors and Calthorpe Motors successively. Joined Bean Cars, Dudley as Technical Adviser. Became chief Engineer, Guy Motors, chief designer with Sunbeam Motors and later with Riley's. Private Address: Red Roof, Penn Road, Penn, Wolverhampton.
ROSS, Ian Alastair, F.C.C.S., A.C.A. Secretary and Chief Accountant, Kerry's (Great Britain) Ltd., Woodford. Born Ilford, 22nd December, 1904. Educated County High School, Ilford. First connected with the Motor Industry in 1928 as Assistant Accountant to McNamara & Co. Ltd., London, in the same year becoming a Chartered Accountant and in 1938 an Incorporated Secretary. Appointed to present position in 1950. Is a Member of the Council London Inverness-shire Association since 1930, and Chairman 1952. Member of Committee, Royal Societies Club, and Founder Member St. Andrew's Club, London, since 1930. Interests : Scottish affairs in London and Club activities. Private Address: Inglewood, York Hill, Loughton. Telephone: 4178.
ROSS, Robert Harold, A.M.I.MECH.E., F.I.M.I. Engineer-designer. Born Newport, Monmouth, 1883. Educated at Snow Hill and St. Paul's, Newport. Served apprenticeship with Alexander Docks and Rly. Co., Newport. Became a draughtsman with Vickers, Sons & Maxim. Was Managing Director, Empire Garage, Nottingham and Ross Browne & Co., Nottingham. In 1916 became designer with Vickers, London. Appointed Director of Challands Ross & Co. Ltd., Nottingham. Divisional Chairman of East Midland M.A.A. & I.M.I. for many years. Recreation : Golf. Private Address: Braemar, Adam's Hill, Derby Road, Nottingham.
ROSSITER, Reginald George, F.I.M.I. Partner in Garage in own name, Crook, Co. Durham. Born Paignton, 30th March, 1887. Educated at Tomes Grammar School, receiving two years Technical training at Nottingham University, College of Engineering. Served apprenticeship with Richardson, Westgarth & Co. Ltd., Hartlepool. Went 10 sea and obtained xst Class Board of Trade Certificate. Commenced business on own account in 1913. Returned to sea as Chief Engineer S.S. " City of Liverpool," 1916, and remained until the end of the 1914/18 war. Returned to business at Crook. Served in the Home Guard, 1939-45. Married, 1911; one son, two daughters. Outside interest: Freemasonry P.M., P.Prov.G.J.W. Recreations : Shooting, and the breeding, training, exhibiting and judging of Golden Retrievers. Private Address: Morson Avenue, Crook, Co. Durham.
ROSS-WILSON, Hubert George Anthony, M.S.E., A.M.I.E.E., M.I.EX. Chairman and Managing Director, Partridge, Wilson & Co. Ltd., Leicester. Born Kegworth, 25th August, 19oz. Educated at Trent College and Loughborough College. First connected with the Motor Industry in 1924 as Partner in Partridge & Wilson, becoming Proprietor in 1927, and Chairman and Managing Director on formation of Limited Company in 1934. Married, 1928, Estella Moffat (née Holmes); one son, two daughters. Is a Freeman of the City of London. Clubs : Royal Automobile, and Poole Harbour Yacht. Recreations : Farming, Shooting, Yachting and Bridge. Private Address: Oaklands, Gaddesby. Telephone: 266.
ROUTLEY, Ernest John. Company Secretary, Rootes Group of Merchandising Companies, Devonshire House, Piccadilly, London, W.1. Born 4th September, 1914. Educated at Radley College; Cambridge University. Articled to and became a solicitor before taking up present position in September, 1946. Is Secretary of Rootes Ltd., Rootes Acceptances Ltd., Tom Garner Ltd., George Heath Ltd., Warwick Wright Ltd. Private Address: Lower Woodend House, Marlow, Bucks. Telephone: 121.
ROWDON, Harry Edwin. Manager, Transport Finishes Dept., Jenson & Nicholson Ltd., Stratford, E.15. Born Brentford, 3rd May, 1914. Educated Henry Thornton School. Joined Sales Office of Cuprinol Ltd., in 1934 and subequently became a Salesman until 1938, when appointed assistant to Sales Manager of the Cuprinol Division of Jenson & Nicholson Ltd. Joined R.A.F.V.R. in 1939, discharged in 1941 and returned to former position. Appointed Manager in 1944 and developed sales of Wood preservative in the Motor. Industry and other fields. Recreations : Tennis, Rugby and Cricket. Hobby : Photography. Private Address: 70, Baron Gardens, Barkingside, Essex. Telephone: Valentine 5731.
ROWE, Nigel William St. George, M.I.M.I. Branch Manager, Wadham Bros. Ltd., Winchester. Born London, 23rd April, 1916. Educated at Bedford School. Became an apprentice to Wadham Bros., Waterlooville, in 1935 and in 1936 transferred to their Southampton branch. Received Technical training at Portsmouth Municipal College. In 1939 enlisted in R.A.F. Subsequently commissioned and served in the U.K. and S.E.A.C. as G.R. Operations Officer. In 1946 returned to Wadham Bros., Waterlooville and subsequently transferred to Winchester as Branch Manager. Passed I.M.I. Entrance Exam., winning Edward Gainer Memorial Prize. Became Chairman, Southampton Centre I.M.I. 1949-50. Clubs : Member of the Winchester Round Table, The Galpin Society and Winchester Music Club. Married, 1941, Mary Elizabeth Talbot (née Edwards); one son. Hobbies: Music and Photography. Private Address: Salisbury Road, Airesford, Hants.
ROWLANDS, David Henry. Proprietor of the Red Shell Garage, Amlwch, Anglesey. Born Menai Bridge, 14th October, 1905. Educated at Caernarvon Higher Grade School. Prior to entering the Motor Industry served as a Marine Engineer for the White Star Line ships, Majestic, Olympic and Homeric. Commenced business on own account at the above mentioned Garage in 1932. Interests: Local Government and Travel. Private Address: Llys-y-Gwynt, Amlwch, Anglesey. Telephone: 254.
ROY, James. Proprietor of Garage in own name, Edinburgh, 8. Born Perth, 1893. Educated at Perth Academy. Became owner of Roy's Car Depot in 1925. Private Address: 16, Willowbrac Road, Edinburgh 8. Telephone: 75061.
ROY, Nagendra Nath, M.A.(CAL.), B.SC.(ENG. LONDON), A.C.G.I., A.M.I.E.E., A.M.I.MECH.E. Principal, The International Automobile Engineering Institute, Calcutta, 20. Born 31st December, 1883 in Calcutta. Studied Engineering at City and Guilds Central Technical College, London, after working on Research with Sir Jagadis Ch. Bose (1903-6). Took complete course in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and obtained A.C.G.I. degree. Graduated in same subjects from London University, obtaining B.Sc.(Eng. London). Worked for one year as an Improver, Hastings Corporation Electricity Works. Returned to India and joined Baroda State Service as their Assistant Electrical Engineer in charge of the Power House, sub-stations and state garage. Left to join the French Motor Car Co. as Chief Electrical Engineer and Principal of their School of Motoring and became an A.M.I.A.E. (now A.M.I.Mech.E.), being the only Indian in the whole of Asia to receive this distinction in 1922. During his twenty years with this firm, trained more than 15,000 young men (Indian and European) in Automobile Engineering—among these were 2,000 British soldiers and officers. Is now Consultant Engineer to two big Electric Supply Companies in West Bengal. Interests : Youth Training, Sport—including table tennis and billiards. Private Address: 8o-B, Vivekananda Road, Calcutta, 6, India.
ROY-APPLIN, Col. Vincent ,lesson, T.D., D.L. Director (Retail Sales Department), Standard and Triumph Sales Ltd., W.I. Born London, 23rd March, 1903. Educated privately and at Highfield School. Commenced general garage duties in 1919, taking up present position in 1933. Interests: Rowing, Tennis and the Territorial Army. Private Address: 3o, Clarendon Court, London, W.9. Telephone: Cunningham 5705.
RUFFLE, Cyril Leonard. Director, Brew Brothers Ltd., London, S.W.7. Born Grafton Regis, 4th April, 1906. Educated at Bletchley Grammar School. First connected with the Motor Industry in 1922. Joined the above mentioned Company in 1926. Appointed successively Stores Manager, Works Manager, Sales Manager and General Manager. Served six years in the R.A.F. during the last war. Returned to Brew Brothers Ltd., becoming Director in 1951. Interests : Flying and Golf. Private Address: 10, Abbotts Drive, North Wembley. Telephone: Arnold 6093.
RUFFLE, Ernest Cousins, M.I.MECH.E. Commercial Director, Wellworthy Piston Rings Ltd., Lymington. Born Tewkesbury, 23rd February, 1890. Educated Bedford. Became an apprentice with the Broughot Motor Co. in 1904, finishing apprenticeship with Fiats Motors (England), and becoming an Improver. In the 1914-18 war served as a Workshop Officer, R.A.S.C., M.T., with rank of Captain. Joined Leyland Motors as Technical Sales Representative, Southern Area, being appointed Works Manager, Kingston Works in 1928, and holding that position until 1937. Joined Morris Commercial Cars as General Manager in 1937, being appointed Managing Director in 1938 and serving in that capacity until 1947. During that period was Director of Morris Motors Ltd., and various Subsidiary Companies. Became Commercial Director of present concern in 1948. Is also Managing Director of Associated Engineering (Sales) Ltd., and Director of Associated Engineering Holdings Ltd. Is a Member of Council S.M.M.T.; has been representative on Road Research Board for 3 years. Chairman of Standardization Committee, B.S.I. for 3 years. Member of the Council of Motor Industry Research Association, and Chairman of the Council 1947-48. Interests : Research and Associations in the Industry. Recreations : Golfing and Fishing. Private Address: Rookewood, Rookes Lane, Lymington, Hants. Telephone: 805.
RUGG, Cecil John, J.P., A.M.I.MECH.E. Managing Director of firm in own name, Lewes. Born Lewes, 8th September, 1900. Educated Roborough School, receiving Technical training at Brighton Technical College. Became apprenticed with Southern Railway Engineering shops in 1916. Served as Cadet, training as pilot in Royal Flying Corps in 1918. Appointed Manager for Arthur E. Rugg, 1921, and became Managing Director of Ruggs Ltd., in 1934. Joined R.A.O.C. in 1940 and transferred to R.E.M.E. on formation. Served throughout the Normandy Campaign as Major in Command of Armoured Brigade Workshop, being demobilised in 1945. Elected to East Sussex County Council and appointed J.P. for Sussex in 1949. Is a Director of Lewes Building Society. Club : Lewes Rotary. Married, Joan (née Reeves) in 1926. Interest: Sailing. Private Address: Two Trees Cottage, Kingston, Nr. Lewes. Telephone: 147.
RUMMINS, Harry Montague, A.M.I.MECH.E. Service Representative, Jaguar Cars, Coventry. Born Bristol, 11th November, 1903. Educated Fairfield School. Enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps as Boy apprentice in 1919, serving four years at Cranwell and Halton Aerodromes and engaged mostly in AeroEngine Fitting. Discharged from R.A.F., 1927, and joined M. G. Car Co. as Engine Fitter. In 1928 left England for Australia and worked there with Cheyney Motors in Melbourne. Returned to England, 1931 znd rejoined M.G.'s. working through all Departments. Became Area Representative prior to joining. Tank Regt. and then R.E.M.E. during 1939 war. Returned to M.G. Car Co. as Superintendent, Spare Parts Dept. in 1946. In 1947 joined Nuffield Exports Ltd., to introduce the M.G. to U.S.A. In 1948 introduced the Morris Oxford to U.S.A. and re turned to Cowley in 1949. During 195o engaged in promoting a scheme for re-conditioning S.U. Carburetters and Petrol Pumps overseas. In 1951 appointed to present position. Recreations : Golf, Shooting. Private Address: 22, Radley Road, Abingdonon-Thames, Berks. Telephone: 471.
RUNNELS-MOSS, Noel Arthur Clarence, A.M.I.MECH.E. Manager, West Midland Branch, Transport Equipment (Thornycroft) Ltd. Born Birmingham, 5th January, 1891. Educated at Handsworth Grammar School, Birmingham. Studied Engineering at Birmingham Technical College and in 1908 became apprenticed to Motor Engineering with Manchester Motor Co. In 1912 joined Sheffield Simplex Co., Testing Department, leaving on outbreak of 1914 war in which he served in Royal Flying Corps, and later in R.A.F. On demobilisation, re-joined Sheffield Simplex as Chief of Test Department until 1926 when he joined Morris Commercial Cars Ltd., as Assistant Service Manager. In 1933 appointed to Technical Staff of Dorman Diesel Engines Ltd. of Stafford. Joined present firm in 1934 and appointed to present position in 1946. Recreations : Gardening and Photography. Private Address: 12, Orchard Road, Erdington, Birmingham, 24. Telephone: Erdington 3132.
RUSH, Guy Bernard, A.M.I.MECH.E. Director and Chairman, Oliver and Rush, Ltd., Tunbridge Wells. Born Tunbridge Wells, 7th November, 1887. Educated at Tonbridgc School. Entered Motor Industry in 1905 as an apprentice, and in 1915 became Foreman with A. W. Chapman Ltd., S. W. London. In 1920 was appointed General Manager Works, Stirling and Co. Ltd., W. London, moving to Shaw and Kilburn Ltd., W. London. Started own business in 1925 and in 1933 entered into partnership as Oliver and Rush. Became Director in 1947 on the formation of limited company. Recreation: Photography. Is a Rotarian. Private Address: 81, Frant Road, Tunbridge Wells. Telephone: 2449.
RUSSELL, Charles Chambers. Local Director, Caffyns, Ltd., Brighton. Born King's Norton, Birmingham, 15th August, 1896. Educated Worksop College. Studied at the Northampton Engineering Institute, Clcrkenwell, London. Served in the Royal Flying Corps, 1914-17. Assistant Test Pilot, Vickers. Ltd., 1917-18. Test and Inspection, Gosport Aircraft, 1918-19. From 1919-20 was with the Sales Branch of English Motor Agencies, Ltd., Southsea, leaving to take up his oesent position. Recreations : Fishing, Gardening. Private Address: Sparrows, Wincham, Sussex_ Telephone: Bolney 235.
RUSSELL, Major-General George Neville, C.B., C.B.E., R.E.(retd.). Chairman, Road Haulage Executive, British Road Services. Born London, 19th October, 1899. Educated Rugby; Royal Military Academy, Woolwich; and Cambridge. Director of Movements, G.H.Q., Middle East, 1942-43. D.Q.M.G. (Movements and Transportation), G.H.Q., New Delhi, 1944-45. Transportation Adviser to Special Commissioner in S.E. Asia, 1946-47Appointed to present position in 1948. Club : Army and Navy. Private Address: 14, South Eaton Place, London, S.W.14. Telephone: Sloane 3374.
RUSSELL, Harry George, M.I.MECH.E., F.I.M.I. Chairman, Russells Garages, Ltd., Chatham.. Born Hastings, Sussex, 22nd January, 1893. Educated Hastings Grammar School. Entered the Motor Industry as an apprentice in 1905. After a managerial appointment with the Hastings Tramways Co. (1911-19 z 6), became a Technical Director of Training at an R.E. camp (1916-19), founding his own business in 1920. Liveryman, Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers. Member of Faversham Rotary Club. Married with one daughter. Outside interests : Sand and gravel production, brush manufacture. Recreation: Photography. Private Address: 151, Maidstone Road, Kent. Telephone: 3836.
RUSSELL, William Thomas. Proprietor of Garage in own name, Woodley. Born Reading, 14th December, 1897. Educated at Sonning School. Became apprentice with Pulsometer Engineering Co. Ltd., Reading as Fitter and Turner. Left to join the Royal Naval Air Service, serving in France and the Middle East. Started present business in 1920 and founded the Woodley Haulage Co. in 1924. Married; 1 daughter. Interests: Golf and Fishing. Private Address: Littlecote, Headley Road, Woodley, Berks. Telephone: Sonning 3107.
RYAN, Dennis William. Managing Director, Cleveland Garages Ltd., Jersey. Born Jersey, 23rd March 1919. Educated at ictoria College, Jersey and Gonville and C aius College, Cambridge. Assisted in his Ether's business and upon the latter's death in 1945 formed the present company. Is also a Director of other family companies. Outside Interests : Deputy of St. Helier, States of Jersey (Local Independent Parliament affiliated to Commonwealth Parliaments). Is Member of States on Education Committee, and Essential Commodities Committee, which controls Food, Fuel and Power, and Textiles. Recreations: Sport in most forms, Dramatic Art and Gardening. Private Address: Greenways, Trinity, Jersey, C.I. Telephone: Northern 426.
RYLANDS, J. Eric. Chairman and Managing Director, Samlesbury Engineering Ltd.,Samlesbury. Born Leeds, 29t June, 1909. Educated at Bedford School and St. Catharine's College. In 1934, took up position with the Yorkshire Electric Power Co. Ltd., Leeds, accepting a position at Electricity House,Ltd., Leeds in 1938. Joined the R.A.F.V.R. rom 1937-39 and in 1942 formed the Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd., with himself as Managing Director. First connected with the Motor Industry as Chairman and Managing Director of Samlesbury Engineering Ltd., in 1947. In 1950, was the Chairman of the British Air Charter Association. Is also President of the Federation Internationale des Transports Aeriens Prives, and Member of the National Civil Aviation Consultative Council. Married, 1950. Recreations: Flying, Winter Sports and Shooting. Clubs: Junior Carlton and Royal Aero. Private Address: Samlesbury Cottage, Nr. Freston, Lanes. Telephone: Blackburn 44667.
RYLEY, John. Director, J. A. Ryley Ltd., Birmingham. Born Solihull, nth May, 1919. Educated at Oundle School. In 1937 joined R. H. Collier & Co. Ltd., Birmingham as apprentice in the Motor Repair Shop. Joined the Territorial Army. Served in France in 1940 as Corporal Motor Cyclist, R.A.S.C. Received commission in 1940, serving throughout the war in Motor Transport Units. Was Transport Liaison Officer with the Greek Army in Syria and Palestine, and attached to a Tank Transporter Unit in the Western Desert. After service in Northern Europe, demobilised with the rank of Captain. Is the grandson of the Founder of J. A. Ryley Ltd. Joined the aforementioned firm in 1946, being appointed Director in 1951. Married, Rosamund (nee Alexander); r son. Interests: Painting in Oils, and Languages. Recreations: Dinghy Racing and Sailing. Private Address: 68, Kinston Green Road, Olton. Telephone: Acocks Green 1058.
RYLEY, Philip Haynes, F.I.M.I. Governing Director, J. A. Ryley Ltd., Birmingham. Born Dunoon, 24th September, 1889. Educated at Camphill Grammar School. Became an apprentice at B.S.A. in 1906, serving a short period with a German factory, Diinkopp & Co., Bielefeld, acquiring the language and commercial background. Joined his father, J. A. Ryley in 1911, travelling extensively for the firm until the 1914 war. Served as Demands Officer for Vehicle Spares at the Base M.T. Depot, Calais. Upon demobilisation, returned to father's business served in various capacities, succeeding to the Management. Upon the death of his father in 1931, became proprietor. Served during the last war with the Royal Observer Corps. Is actively associated with the wholesaler's section of the S.M.M.T., and is now the Vice-President of the Motor Factors Association. Married, 1915, I son, 1 daughter. Recreations : Golf, Bridge, Snooker and Reading. Private Address: The Spinney, St. Bernards Road, Olton. Telephone: Acocks Green 0432.