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Alexander Drysdale Wilson

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Alexander Drysdale Wilson (1888-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"ALEXANDER DRYSDALE WILSON had a long connection with the motor industry, and was especially concerned with the production, maintenance, and operation of the commercial vehicle. He was elected a Graduate of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1910, and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1913, and to Membership in 1922. He was born in 1888 and received his general education at Battersea Grammar School. His technical training was obtained at the Battersea Polytechnic and at the Birmingham Municipal Technical College.

After completing a three years' apprenticeship in 1908 with Messrs. Evenden and Company, motor engineers, of Balham, he gained experience from 1910 to 1913 as an improver to the Wolseley Tool and Motor Company, Ltd., of Birmingham. He then joined the Daimler Company, Ltd., at Coventry, with whom he remained for six years. During this period he successively held positions in the commercial vehicle department as technical correspondent, assistant superintendent of tests, and assistant manager of the service depot. Later he was placed in charge of the works engineering drawing office, and finally was made assistant works engineer. After two years' service with Messrs. Karrier Motors, Ltd., he was appointed works manager to Messrs. Studebaker of Great Britain, Ltd.

He returned, however, to Messrs. Karrier Motors in 1927, and was engaged as manager of the Midland sales and service depot until 1934 when he became sales representative to Messrs. Morris Commercial Cars, Ltd. He relinquished this post in 1945, shortly to become attached to the Ministry of Works as assistant controller of transport. Mr. Wilson's death occurred at Guildford on 24th March 1949."

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