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Charles Smith (1879-1943)

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Charles Smith (1879-1943) M.I.A.E., Consulting Engineer (1939)

Born Ascot, Berks.

Career in marine and auto. engineering

1901 A steam engine maker (turner), living with his uncle, William H Worsdell, family and his widowed mother, in Lewisham[1]

1911 Automobile engineer, worker, at home, lived in Eastbourne with Lily B P Smith 31, William C Smith 8, Ernest G Smith 3, Sydney H Smith 1, Ernest G Soanes 23, fitter, engineer, automobile trade, Sydney C Bird 21, turner, engineer, automobile trade, Mabel Holloway 17, general domestic servant[2]

General Manager Caffyns, Ltd., Eastbourne

General Manager and Secretary, Eastbourne Aviation Co., Eastbourne.

1934 Consulting auto engineer


1942/43 Obituary [3]

Charles Smith was born in 1879 and received his engineering training at Harrisons, Lowestoft, and at J. I. Thornycroft and Co., Ltd.

After gaining further automobile engineering experience with Brooke Motors, Lowestoft, he became Manager of Caffyns, Ltd., Eastbourne, where he remained for seventeen years.

In 1930 he started his own business as Consultant and Automobile Claims Assessor and only retired in 1940 owing to illness.

He died on 23rd January, 1943. He was 64.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1908 and transferred to Member in 1929.


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