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Alfred Vincent Davidge

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Alfred Vincent Davidge (1880-1950)

1952 Obituary [1]

"ALFRED VINCENT DAVIDGE was associated with the Austin Motor Company, Ltd., for forty-five years, in the course of which he held leading positions with the firm. He was born in 1880 and educated at the Haberdashers Company's School and Regent Street Polytechnic, London. After serving an apprenticeship with the Southgate Engineering Co, London, from 1895 to 1899, he gained further practical experience as a designer of special tools for the Helecoid Locknut Co, Acton, for the next two years. He then joined the Wolseley Tool and Motor Company, Ltd., Birmingham, as a draughtsman, where he remained until 1905 when he began his long connection with the Austin Motor Company. His first appointment was that of chief draughtsman with the charge of engine design. During the 1914-18 war he assisted as liaison officer between aero-engine manufacturers, and for the next six years between the design-production and sales departments. From 1924 until his retirement he held the appointment of advertising manager with responsibility for all technical literature. Mr. Davidge had been a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers since 1914. His death occurred on 24th October 1950."

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