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Norman De Maid Watsham

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1880 Born in Norwood, London[1]

1911 Norman D Watsham 31, electrical engineer and worker, living in Camberwell with Helen J Watsham 28, Douglas Watsham 3, his father George J Watsham 66, and his brother Hubert J Watsham 18[2]

Around this time, he seems to have gone into business on his own account

1916 Engineer, of Palace chambers, Westminster[3]

1920 Norman D. Watsham, engineer, and Watshams, wholesale electrical supplies, were both at 33 King St, London WC2[4]

1921 The business address of Norman D. Watsham was in Howard House, Strand, London[5]

1922 Norman De Maid Watsham and A. H. S. MacCallum founded British Radiophone Ltd; Byron G. Clark seems to have had some connection with this company. Watshams won an order from Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co for 2 types of crystal set and a valve receiver[6]; the order for crystal sets was sub-contracted to Plessey Co; it is unclear to what extent British Radiophone Ltd was involved in this order.

By 1923 he was living in Reading[7]

1924 Norman D. Watsham, engineer, and Watshams, electrical engineers, were at 33 King St[8]

1926 Norman D. Watsham, engineer, and Watshams, electrical engineers, were at 33 King St[9]

1928 Watshams Ltd, Victoria St, London[10]

1929 Living in Reading[11]

Chairman of Watshams Ltd[12]

1961 Died in Reading


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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1911 census
  3. UK Phone Books
  4. UK Phone Books
  5. UK City and Country Directory
  6. Private communication from Noel Clark
  7. Phone Books
  8. UK Phone Books
  9. UK Phone Books
  10. British Phone Books
  11. UK Phone Books
  12. The Times, Jan 22, 1962