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Reginald Wood Whittle

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Reginald Wood Whittle (1883-1950)

1939 Reginald W Whittle, mechanical director, mechanical engineers, lived in Urmston, Lancs., with Martha R Whittle, Eugene W Whittle[1]

1951 Obituary [2]

"REGINALD WOOD WHITTLE, who was born in Chester in 1883, received his technical education (which extended over thirteen years, from 1897 to 1910) at the University College of Cardiff, a technical school in Birmingham, and at the Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh.

On the conclusion of a four years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Sydney F. Walker and Company, Cardiff, in 1900, he successively filled positions as fitter and erector to the General Electric Company, Ltd., Manchester, charge-hand to the British Thomson-Houston Company, Ltd., Rugby, and Messrs. Bruce Peebles and Company, Ltd.

In 1910 he returned to the General Electric Company as rate-fixer and stores manager, but four years later he relinquished this position and from 1915 to 1932 was works manager to the Superheater Company, Ltd., Manchester.

After acting as director and general manager of Messrs. Fodens, Ltd., Sandbach, Cheshire, with responsibility for the design and production of commercial vehicles, he went into business on his own account in 1935 and established the firm of Messrs. R. W. Whittle, Ltd., Eccles, Lancs, general engineers.

During the 1939-45 war he was attached to the Ministry of Labour as a regional inspector and senior technical engineer. Subsequently he resumed his duties as managing director of Messrs. R. W. Whittle and he continued in this position until his death, which occurred on 20th April 1950. Mr. Whittle was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1942."

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