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Robert S. Hilton

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Captain Sir Robert Stuart Hilton OBE, Managing director of the United Steel Companies

1871 Born in Wigan

Mining engineer and colliery manager in Lancashire

1911 At the age of 41, he became manager of the Birmingham Corporation Gas Department

WWI Seconded from the Royal Warwickshire Regiment to a Government post to organize the country's gas undertakings for the manufacture of toluol and high explosives.

1919 Captain Hilton, as he was always then known, was appointed managing director of Metropolitan-Vickers

1927 Relinquished the position of managing director to become deputy chairman of M-V

1939 Appointed deputy chairman of United Steel Companies

1943 Died in Shipston on Stour


1943 Obituary [1]



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