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Sir Alexander Roger (1878-1961)
"WE regret to record the death on April 4 of Sir Alexander Roger, K.C.I.E., who was connected for many years with the cable industry and associated telecommunications activities. He was born on January 30, 1878, and trained as an accountant. On first coming to London at the age of eighteen he worked chiefly with various trust companies.
During the 1914-18 war he was Director-General, Trench Warfare Supply Department, Ministry of Munitions, from 1915 to 1917 and was knighted for his services. In 1918 Sir Alexander joined the board of British Insulated and Helsby Cables, Ltd., and in 1928 was elected vice-chairman.
He became chairman in 1930. When the British Insulated Company was amalgamated with Callender's Cable and Construction Company, Ltd., in June, 1945, he became chairman of the combined undertaking, British Insulated Callender's Cables, Ltd.
On retiring from the position in 1954, he became the first Honorary President of the company. At the time of his death he was also Honorary President of the Automatic Telephone and Electric Company, Ltd., and up to 1960 had held the chairmanship of Telephone and General Trust, Ltd. In a career linked with B.I.C.C. and with other cable and telephone activities for forty-three years, Sir Alexander had also been chairman of several telephone operating companies in Portugal and the West indies. Among his numerous activities outside the communications field, Sir Alexander had been vice-president of the Federation of British Industries and of the Anglo-Portuguese Society."