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Alfred Fraser Lee

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Alfred Fraser Lee (1887-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"ALFRED FRASER LEE, who died in Birmingham on 27th September 1951 at the age of sixty-four, was the chief electrical engineer of Austin Crompton Parkinson Electric Vehicles, Ltd. He was recognised as one of the greatest authorities in Great Britain on the electrical installations used in battery electric transport. He was educated at King Edward's High School, Birmingham, and at the Technical School in that city, where hr also served an apprenticeship with Belliss and Morcom, electrical engineers, from 1903 to 1907, with which firm he continued for a further seven years. He was first engaged as superintendent of erection and tests before going in 1911 to Para, Brazil, where he acted on behalf of the firm as assistant engineer at the generating station of the Para Electric Railway and Lighting Co; subsequently he was promoted to be superintendent and chief engineer.

On the outbreak of war in 1914 Mr. Lee returned to Great Britain and Joined the Artists Rifles. Subsequently lie was granted a commission in the Tank Corps and saw service as captain in France. From 1920 to 1927 he was employed on tests, inspection, and sales by Edison Accumulators, Ltd. He then joined the staff of Electricars, Ltd., continuing with this firm after its amalgamation with A. E. Morrison and Sons, Ltd., in 1936, with Crompton Parkinson in 1941, and finally with the Austin Motor Co in 1947. Mr. Lee was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919."

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