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Walter Bernard Phelp

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Walter Bernard Phelp (c1873-1930), general manager of GEC (South Africa).

1930 Obituary[1]

"The Late Mr. W. B. Phelp.— We regret to record the death of Mr. W. B. Phelp, which occurred at Pontresina on Sunday, August 10, as the result of a motor-car accident. Mr. Phelp, who was 57 years of age, joined the General Electric Co as a boy, and after serving at both the head and branch offices in the United Kingdom, was selected in 1903 to inaugurate the Cape Town branch of the firm, when South Africa was re-opened to commerce after the Boer War. As a result of his activities a considerable business was built up in that country, with headquarters at Johannesburg, and branches at other important centres."

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