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Frank Humphris

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Frank Humphris (1871-1956) of the Humphris Engineering Syndicate, Humphris Gear Co, Humphris Gear and Engineering Co and Humphris, Lee and Co. Secured a number of engineering patents.

1871 1st Quarter: Born in Banbury the son of John Humphris, a hairdresser.

1891 Watch maker, boarding in Newport, Shropshire[1]

1901 Frank Humphris 30, inventor, automatic ... (unclear) maker, working on own account, lived in Hammersmith with Maude Humphris 25, Godfrey F Humphris 4, Gladys M Humphris 11 months[2]

1904 A motor engineer, at the baptism of daughter Lena in London[3]

1905 A mechanic, at the baptism of son John in London[4]

1911 Living at 29 Bishop Stoke Road, Eastleigh: Frank Humphris (age 40 born Banbury), Inventor - Motor Gear Manufacturing - Widower. With his five children; Godfrey Frank Humphris (age 14 born South Kensington); Gladys Millie Humphris (age 10 born Shepherd's Bush); Greville William Humphris (age 9 born Shepherd's Bush); Lena Maude Humphris (age 7 born Shepherd's Bush); and John Fredrick Humphris (age 5 born Shepherd's Bush). One visitor. Three servants.[5]

1930s Lived in Poole; developed a toggle press - see Mass Products

1939 Lived in Poole (b 21/02/1974[6]), a manufacturer of presses, dies, jigsaws, gauges, aeroplane ... (unclear), with Ethel P Humphris (b.1891)[7]

1956 Died in Poole[8]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1891 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. Parish records
  4. Parish records
  5. 1911 Census
  6. but no such person was born in England and Wales in that quarter
  7. 1939 register
  8. BMD