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William Peto

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William Peto (c1868-1943)


1943 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM PETO received his technical education at the School of Electrical Engineering and Submarine Telegraphy, Princes Street, London. After serving an apprenticeship in three branches of electrical work he practised on his own account for 10 years and then founded the firm of Peto and Radford, accumulator makers, who were responsible for many of the advances in accumulators from the earliest days and who exhibited at every show of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. He served on more than one occcasion as Chairman of the Society's Accessories Committee.

In 1919 the firm amalgamated with Pritchett and Gold and Electrical Power Storage Co., Ltd., Mr. Peto becoming Joint Managing Director, a position which he retained until his retirement in 1933.

He died at Bournemouth on the 12th June, 1943, in his 75th year, leaving a widow and one daughter. He will be greatly missed by his many friends in the trade, who will recall his ready wit.

He joined The Institution as a Student in 1887, and was elected an Associate in 1889 and a Member in 1898.


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