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Varley Pumps and Engineering

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1933. Motor Driven Positive Displacement Pump.
May 1943
August 1945.
1951. Advert for pumps and nozzle testing units.

Varley Pumps and Engineering Ltd. of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset (1943).

of 97 Standard Road, North Acton, London NW10.

1923 Commander C. H. Varley (1890-1949), submariner, retired from the Royal Navy to work on designing hydraulic machinery[1].

1932 Founded Varley Pumps at North Acton, London

1938 Cmdr Varley had the idea of using midget submarines to place limpet mines on ships and persuaded the Admiralty eventually to try it out; these submarines sank the Tirpitz in 1943.

By 1954 Varley Pumps and Engineering was a subsidiary of Food Machinery and Chemical Corporation (FMC) of USA

1954 Acquired C. F. Douglas and Co, of The Strand, London, agents for the parent company[2]

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Dec 03, 1949
  2. The Times, Nov 08, 1954