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Alfred William Dougill (1877-1941) of Wolseley

1877 Born in Leeds, son of Alfred Henry and Mary Hannah Dougill[1]

1891 Alfred H Dougill 38, engineer, hot water, etc., employer, lived in Leeds with Mary H Dougill 35, Alfred W. Dougill 13, Ernest Dougill 11, Emily E Dougill 7, Frank Dougill 3[2]

1897 Designed and built first motor car in Yorkshire

Engr. with Shilowsky and Brennan Gyro cars.

1904 August. First Hon. Sec. of the Yorkshire Automobile Club. Married.[3] Of Longclose Ironworks, Newtown, Leeds.

1907 Went to work for Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Co

1911 Living at 46 Mary's Road, Stechford, Solihull: Alfred Dougill (age 33 born Leeds), Manager of Experimental Department - Motor Car Manufacturers. With his wife Amy Dougill (age 35 born Salford) and their daughter Marjorie Dougill (age 5 born Leeds). One servant.[4]

1916 of Victoria Lodge, Victoria Road, Stechford, Birmingham.

1939 Alfred W Dougill, Chartered mechanical engineer, manager of industrial limited company, lived in Cookham with Amy C Dougill[5]

1940 December. Buried. 'Claimed to be the designer and constructor of the first motor car — it bore the number "UM 1" — Mr Alfred W. Dougill was buried at Maidenhead, Berkshire, yesterday. Mr Dougill was a native of Leeds and was also responsible for the design and construction of the caterpillar motor sleighs used in the late Capt. Scott's Antarctic expedition. At one time he was associated with Lord Kenilworth in the Wolseley works'[6]

1941 Obituary [7]

ALFRED WILLIAM DOUGILL was born in 1877 and was educated at the Central High School and Leeds University. After serving a four years' apprenticeship with his father's firm, Messrs. Dougill and Company, Ltd., he was employed during 1899 as engine erector to the Wheeler Wilson Manufacturing Company, in London, and in the following year he was placed in charge of gas and oil engine and pumping installations for Mr. J. S. Duncan in Paris.

From 1901 to 1905 he was successively chief draughtsman and designer, and works manager, to Messrs. Dougill's Engineering, Ltd., in Leeds, and in the following year he was appointed manager to Mr. Alexander Ross in Wellington, New Zealand, for whom he was engaged on the development of marine motors. He also travelled extensively in connection with the marketing of automobiles and marine engines in Greece, Italy, Africa, and other countries. In 1907 he entered the service of the Wolseley Tool and Motor Car Company, Ltd., Birmingham (now Wolseley Motors, Ltd.), and remained with that firm until 1926.

He was appointed superintendent of the new works for the complete manufacture of commercial vehicles and aircraft engines and machinery in 1913, and during the war of 1914-18 he was engaged on the development of a new type aero-engine and the manufacture of naval gun mountings. He held the appointment of superintendent of foundries and forges from 1919 to 1923 and was works manager for the remainder of his service. He was responsible for the manufacture of engines for racing motor boats, and also for the design and construction of motor sleighs which were used in Arctic and Antarctic expeditions, including Captain Scott's last Antarctic expedition. Mr. Dougill was managing director of Imperia Motors, Ltd., of Maidenhead and Liege, from 1927 until 1934, and manager and part owner of Maidenhead Industrial Estates from 1935 until his death which occurred on 23rd December 1940.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913 and was transferred to Membership in 1920.

1940/41 Obituary [8]

Alfred William Dougill was born in 1878 and educated at Leeds High School and Leeds University. Apprenticed at his father's engineering works in Leeds, he was responsible for the design and construction of the first motor-car wholly made and constructed in Leeds.

In 1906 he joined Wolseley Motors, Ltd., as Experimental Manager and was later in charge of aircraft production at Wolseley's.

In 1926 he went to Maidenhead as Managing Director of Imperia Motors, of Maidenhead and Liege.

He died on 23rd December, 1940, at the age of 62.

He was elected a Member in 1914.

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