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William Gilbert Allen F.C.A., of Atkinson
1892 Born in London son of William Gilbert Allen (1869-1931)
Educated at Haileybury College.
1911 Articled as Chartered Accountant
WWI: Royal Artillery; wounded
1917 Adjutant of the Trade Test Centre, Woolwich
1918 Invalided out as Captain
1922 Married Winifred M A Meredyth-henshall in London
1923-32 Partner in Maurice, Jenks, Percival and Co.
c.1931 Effectively took over the management of Atkinson
1932 Founded own firm of Chartered Accountants (Gilbert Allen and Co.)
1933 Acquired Atkinson
Became chairman of Atkinson Lorries (1933) Ltd.
1939 Charted accountant, lived in Wandsworth with Winifred M. Allen
1948 Listed as of 40 Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, London S.W.15. Chairman and MD of Atkinson 
1955-56 Sheriff of the City of London
By 1959 Chairman and Managing Director, Atkinson Lorries (Holdings), Ltd., and Chairman of its subsidiaries — Atkinson Vehicles, Ltd., Nightingale Engineering Co., Ltd., Coach Bodies Ltd., Transport Vehicles (Atkinson) South Africa Ltd., Reg Lucas and Frank Payne Motors, Ltd. (Johannesburg), Atkinson Vehicles (Australasia), Pty., Ltd.
1970 Died in Wandsworth