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ABECASSIS, George D.F.C. Managing Director, H. W. Motors, Ltd., since 1956. b: March 21, 1913, Weybridge, Surrey. Educ: Clifton College, Bristol (School House). First associated with motor industry in 1935 with P. A. Almack, Hampstead; Proprietor, Berkeley Service Station, Cranford, Middlesex, 1937; acquired Berkeley Garage, Southall, 1938; joined R.A.F., 1940; served as pilot in Bomber Command until 1944; shot down when Squadron Leader, October, 1944, and taken prisoner; joined directorate H. W. Motors, Ltd., 1945; became Managing Director in succession to the late J. B. Heath, May, 1956; began motor raoing in 1936. Clubs: B.R.D.C., B.A.R.C. (Council Member), A.M.O.C. Add.: H. . Motors, Ltd. New Zealand Avenue, Walton-on-Thames T: Ltd., 2404; and Corners Cottage, Westhorpe, Little Marlow, Bucks. T: Marlow 1403.
ADAMS, Albert Horace Bernhard Managing Director, Dickinson and Adams, Luton, Ltd., Dickinson and Adams (Harpenden), Ltd., Dickinson and Adams (Letchworth), Ltd., Dickinson and Adams (Welwyn), Ltd., and Dickinson and Adams (Leighton Buzzard), Ltd. b: October 6, 1885, Enstone, Oxon. Educ: Ark House School and Technical School. Banbury. Apprenticed to general engineering with Samuelson and Sons, Ltd., and Vauxhall Ironworks, Ltd., Luton (afterwards Vauxhall Motors, Ltd.); worked in the Repairs Dept. of Napier and Sons, Ltd.. Acton Vale, in 1906 and in 1907 with the Luton and St. Albans Motor Co., Luton; started on own account as partner in Adams Morris and Co., Luton, in 1911; in 1918 joined C. and S. C. Dickinson, forming Dickinson and Adams, Ltd.; served as Chairman or Council Delegate, M.A.A., 1929-47; Council, I.M.I., 1939-59; Chairman of Council, 1954-59; Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers; a Freeman of the City of London; organized Army Mechanics Training School for War Office, M.T.5, passing more than 10,000 men through school during the period 1940-47. Recreations: fishing, shooting. Add: Dickinson and Adams, Luton, Ltd., Leagrave Road, Luton, Beds. T.: Luton 51221-4; and 12 Ludlow Avenue, Luton. T: 1240.
ADAMS, Robert Ashton Advertising Manager, The Ford Motor Co., Ltd., since August, 1956. b: October 30, 1923. Educ: Bromsgrove School and University of Birmingham. Second World War: East Africa and Middle East; Captain in Worcestershire Regiment and King's African Rifles; 1949, as manage joined Tube Investments, Ltd., ment trainee, and Hercules Cycle and Motor Co., Ltd. (T.I.), as assistant to Director of Publicity, 1950; joined Ford Motor Co., Ltd., as assistant to Advertising Manager, 1954. Recreations: tennis, squash, underwater swimming, cinema and theatre going. Clubs: Hurlingham, Savage. Add: Ford Motor Co., Ltd., 88 Regent Street, London, W.1. T: Regent 7272; and The Orchard House, The Common, Cranleigh, Surrey. T: Cranleigh 403.
ADAMS, Ronald James Managing Director, William Adams and Co., Ltd. b: March 8, 1916, Belfast. Educ: Wrekin Col lege, Salop. Has driven in car rallies since 1936; won Monte Carlo Rally, 1956; Member of Northern Ireland Road Traffic Advisory Council. Recreations: motor sport, yachting. Club: Ulster Reform. Add: William Adams and Co., Ltd., Donegall Road 39 Factory, Belfast. T: Belfast 26948; and Pond Park House, Lisburn, N. Ireland. T: Lisburn 2345.
ADLINGTON, Eric Noel Deputy Managing Director, Temple Press Ltd., since 1956. b: December 26, 1906, Wells, Somerset. Educ: Upper Latymer School. Joined Temple Press Ltd. on the editorial side in February, 1926; in January, 1933, transferred to the business side of the com pany and was Advertisement Manager of The Aeroplane from April, 1934, until August, 1939; served with R.Aux.A.F. from September, 1938, until October, 1945; held the position of Advertisement Manager of Temple Press Ltd. from October, 1945, until April, 1948; in 1948, appointed a Director of the company. Clubs; Royal Aero, R.A.C. Add: Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, London, E.C.1. T: Terminus 3636; and Wickhambrook, Deacons Hill, Elstree, Herts. T: El§tree 2576.
AINSWORTH, Charles Hanley A.I.Mech.E. Works Manager, The S.U. Carburetter Co., Ltd., since 1956. b: January 23, 1921. Educ: Hansworth and Birmingham Technical Colleges. In 1938 was a jig and tool draughtsman with the S.U. Carburetter Co., Ltd., and a jig and tool designer in 1941; in 1942 was designing prototype tooling for fuel injection equipment and became Planning Engineer in 1950; in 1954 was Works Superintendent and became Works Manager in 1956. Recreations: choral and operatic singing. Add: The S.U. Carburetter Co., Ltd., Wood Lane, Birmingham, 24. T: Erdington 7371; and 559 Bromford Lane, Washwood Heath, Birmingham, 8. T: Stechford 3655.
AITKEN, Alexander Stitfull Works Director, Longwell Green Coachworks, Ltd. b: August 28, 1903. Educ: Newfoundland School, Bristol. Served apprenticeship with Bristol Wagon and Carriage Co., Ltd. and on comple tion of indentures worked with various con cerns, leaving John Taylor's of Barnsley in 1928 and joining the Warwick Motor Body Co.. of Old Trafford; took part there in the development of the Walman Head; joined present company, at that time trading in the name of W. J. Bence, Ltd., in 1932; became a Director when the company's name was changed to Bence Motor Bodies, Ltd., in 1940; company adopted present title in 1944. Recreations: golf, gardening. Add: Longwell Green Coachworks, Ltd.. Longwell Green, Bristol. T: Bristol 67-3121; and 104 Park Grove, Hcnleaze, Bristol. T: 62-5590.
AITKEN, Thomas William Stewart Controller of Supplies, India Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., since December, 1958. b: March 31, 1905, Beith, Ayrshire. Educ: Spier's, Beith, and Royal Technical College, Glasgow. First connected with the Industry in 1928 as a tyre builder; became Production Planning Manager to India Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., in 1938; Production Superintendent, 1954; married, 1934; two sons. Recreation: golf (past captain, Erskine G.C.). Add: India Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., Inchinnan, Renfrewshire. T: Paisley 4141; and " Craigmonie," Bishopton, Renfrewshire. T: 148.
ALEXANDER, Alfred Hope Joint Managing DirectOr, Alexanders of Edinburgh Ltd., and Associated Companies. b: February 28, 1891, Edinburgh. Educ: George Watson's College and Royal High School, Edinburgh; apprenticed to motor engineering, 1906; co-founder of Alexanders with father, the late J. R. Alexander (senior), and brother, Henri Alexander (q.v.); started selling Model N Fords in 1906; claim to be the oldest Ford Main Dealers in Britain; married; one son and two daughters (another son, Sergeant Jack Alexander. killed on active service, North Africa, 1942). Recreations: yachting, fishing, golfing. Add: Alexanders of Edinburgh. Ltd., Semple Street, Edinburgh. T: Fountainbridge 3331; and Mill Lade House, Belford Park. T: Dean 2104.
ALEXANDER, Henry Joint Managing Director, Alexanders of Edinburgh, Ltd., and Associated Companies. b: May 16, 1886, Edinburgh. Educ: George Watson's College, Edinburgh; served apprenticeship in engineering with Argyll Motors, Alexandria and Arrol Johnston's, Paisley; co-founder with father, the late J. R. Alexander (senior), and brother. Alfred Alexander (q.v.). of Alexanders of Edinburgh: climbed Ben Nevis (4,406 ft.) in a Model T Ford in 1911 and in a Model A Ford in 1928; married; one daughter. Recreations: pig farming, fishing, shooting, golf. Add: Alexanders of Edinburgh, Ltd., Semple Street, Edinburgh. T: Fountainbridge 3331; and 20 Merchiston Avenue, Edinburgh, 10. T: Fountainbridge 1056.
ALEXANDER, James Ronald Director and General Manager, Alexanders of Edinburgh. Ltd., and Associated Companies. b: April 14, 1920, Edinburgh. Educ: George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Worksop Col lege. Joined present company as an apprentice engineer; enlisted in the ranks in August, 1939, with 9th Royal Scots. having had previous T.A. experience; commissioned and later transferred with rank of Captain as M.T. Officer to 9th Cameronians (15th Scottish Division); served in Faroes and from Normandy tr. Kiel; demobilized 1946. Add: Alexanders of Edinburgh, Ltd., Semple Street, Edin burgh. T: Fountainbridge 3331; and 78 Priestfield Crescent. Edinburgh, 9. T: Edinburgh 48434.
ALEXANDER, Walter Chairman and Managing Director, Walter Alexander and Co. (Coachbuilders), Ltd. b: May 22, 1879. In conjunction with his son, Walter Alexander, Jnr., founded W. Alexander and Sons, Ltd., which now forms one of the British Transport Commission's companies in the Scottish Omnibuses Group; is also a Director of the following companies: W. Alexander and Sons, Ltd.; Scottish Omnibuses, Ltd.; The S.M.T. Insurance Co., Ltd.; Western S.M.T. Co., Ltd.; Central S.M.T. Co., Ltd.; Solsgirth Investment Trust Co.; A. L. Gordon, Ltd.; Carpenters, Ltd.; Falkirk Ice Rink, Ltd.; Falkirk Football Club, Ltd. Add: Walter Alexander and Co. (Coachbuilders), Ltd., 63 Drip Road, Stirling. T: Stirling 1763; and Solsgirth, Dollar, Clackmannanshire. T: Dollar 9.
ALLARD, Denis James Director, Allard Motor Co., Ltd., since 1945. b: May 19, 1912, London. Educ: Ardingly College, Ardingly, Sussex. After leaving school went into building trade with his father; left in 1940 to join Adlards Motors, Ltd.. as Works Manager of Army Auxiliary Workshop; joined Allard Motor Co. as Director, 1945; became Director of Allard and Saunders, Ltd., builders, on the death of his father, of which company is still a Director. Recreations: cycling, motor sport. Clubs: member of various motor clubs. Add: 73 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London, S.W.15. T: Vandyke 2334; and 18 Roehampton Vale, London, S.W.15. T: Putney 6407.
ALLARD, Sydney Herbert A.M.I.Mcch.E., M.I.M.I. Chairman and Director, Allard Motor Co., Ltd. b: June. 1910, London. Educ: St. Saviour's College, Ardingly. On leaving school became a director of Adlards Motors, Ltd.. Putney (1930); in 1938 the Brixton Branch was added; during Second World War staffed, equipped and ran an Army Auxiliary Workshop under the M.o.S. at Fulham; in 1945 formed the Allard Motor Co.. Ltd., with himself as Managing Director— a position he also holds with Encon Motors, Ltd., Hilton Bros. (Coachworks). Ltd., and Adlards Motors. Ltd.; is a keen hill-climb and sprint event competitor, holding many records; won the R.A.C. Hill-Climb Championship in 1949, and finished third in the general classification at the 24 Heures du Mans, in 1950; other successes include winning the 1952 Monte-Carlo Rally; uses cars designed by himself, and built by Allard Motor Co., Ltd.; three children. Add: The Allard Motor Co., Ltd., 24-28 Clapham High St., London. T: Macaulay 2431 and 3201; and Karibu, Black Hills, Esher, Surrey. T : 3140.
ALLDAY, Gilbert James M.B.E., M.R.I., F.I.I.A., F.I.M.I., M.Inst.B.E., F.I.D. Founder and Director, Weybridge Auto-mobiles, Ltd.; Reading Automobiles (Weybridge), Ltd.; Chairman, Boats and Engines, Ltd.; Director, Willmotts, Ltd., Witts Bros., Ltd., and Hunkins Yard, Ltd.; underwriting member of Lloyd's; marine consultant to the British Motor Corporation. b: April 27, 1891, Birmingham. Educ: King Edward School, Birmingham. Workshop, technical and commercial training, 1907-11; Director, P.D.A. Cyclecars, 1911-12; Manager of garage and repair business. 1912-14; with B.E.F. in France, 1915-18; joined Wolseley Motors, 1918, in charge of repair works; Managing Director, Weybridge Automobiles, Ltd., 1921; during Second World War founded, and was chairman, Austin Vehicle Repairs Committees; undertook development of radar equipment for M.A.P.; vice-chairman of Engineering Indus tries Association during war; president, F.M.I.. 1950-52; Past-councillor, S.M.M.T., B.M.T.A. and M.A.A.; inventor of Allday Bi-fuel system; appointed honorary life patron, Veteran Car Club, upon resignation as president. Married, two daughters. Clubs: Reform, R.A.C., Royal Societies, Public Schools, R.N.V.R., Fowey Shark Angling, Shark Angling Club of G.B. Recreations: yachting, veteran cars, photography. Add: The Old Cottage, St. George's Hill, Weybridge, Surrey. T: Weybridge 3412; and The Crab Pot, Fowey, Cornwall. T: Fowey 144.
ALLEN. Albert James Managing Director. A. J. Allen and Son, Ltd. b: October 7, 1877, West Ham. Educ: Green wich Royal Hospital School. Served apprenticeship in fitting and turning with the Tilbury Contracting and Dredging Co. from the age of 15 to 21; joined Merryweather at Greenwich, 1899; bought first motorcycle in 1898; later a Leon Bolide; went to Paris Exhibition, 1900. to sell fire engines; made foreman, 1901; in charge of Fire Float Department, 1902; went to Mexico on return; took on a Manager's job at St. Helens making glass bottle machinery and eventually glass bottles; joined General Motor Car Co., 1903; when firm closed down, started a car hire service. Club: Lewisham Rotary. Add: A. J. Allen and Son. Ltd.. 337 Bromley Road, Catford, S.E.6. T: Hither Green 1144; and 22 Broadsands Road, Paignton, Devon. T: Churston 81600.
ALLEN, Antony William F.C.A. Director, Atkinson Lorries (Holdings), Ltd.. Atkinson Vehicles, Ltd., Nightingale Engineering Co., Ltd., and Coach Bodies, Ltd. b: October 2, 1926, London. Educ: Haileybury College. Served with the Royal Navy, 1945-48; from 1948 to 1951, articled clerk, Chartered Accountants; in 1952, became partner, Gilbert Allen Co., Chartered Accountants, and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers. Recreations: homes and gardens. Clubs: City Livery, Old Haileyburian Golfing Society. Add: 8 Drapers Gardens, London, E.C.2. T: National 9207; and West Wind, Wadhurst, Sussex. T: Wadhurst 299.
ALLEN, William Gilbert F.C.A. Commander of the Military Order of Christ (Portugal), Order of Al Rafidain (Third Class Civil) (Iraq). Chairman and Managing Director, Atkinson Lorries (Holdings), Ltd., and Chairman of its subsidiaries—Atkinson Vehicles, Ltd., Nightingale Engineering Co., Ltd., Coach Bodies, Ltd., Transport Vehicles (Atkinson) South Africa. Ltd., Reg Lucas and Frank Payne Motors, Ltd. (Johannesburg), Atkinson Vehicles (Austral asia), Pty., Ltd. b: October 6, 1892, London. Educ: Haileybury College. Sheriff of the City of London, 1955-56; from 1914 to 1918, served in Royal Artillery and was wounded; Adjutant of the Trade Test Centre, Woolwich, 1917, and invalided out as Captain, 1918; articled as Chartered Accountant in 1911; Partner in Maurice, Jenks, Percival and Co.. 1923-32; founded own firm of Chartered Accountants (Gilbert Allen and Co.) in 1932; Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Haber dashers and Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers (Master, 1950-51); Hon. Treasurer, the British Transport Vehicle Association. Recreation: golf. Clubs: R.A.C., Lucifer Golfing Society, City Livery, United Services, Old Haileyburian Golfing Society. Add: 8 Drapers Gardens, London, E.C.2. T: National 9207; and 120 Priors House, St. James's Court, Buckingham Gate, London, S.W.1. T: Victoria 2360.
ALLINGHAM, Harold Beethoven M.S.M.A. Advertising Manager. The Coventry Victor Motor Co., Ltd.. since 1945. h: October 21, 1890, Leicester. Educ: Privately. Humber. Ltd.. Service Depot, Kilburn, London. N.W., 1911-14; First World War, 1914-18; in charge of victualling for British Aegean Fleet and combined French, American and Japanese Squadrons. Lemnos-Grecian Archipelago; Humber, Ltd., Coventry. Advertising Manager. 1919-32; John Waddington. Ltd., Leeds, Midland Sales Representative. 1933-34; The Coventry Victor Motor Co.. Ltd., Advertising Manager, 1935-36; The Triumph Co.. Ltd., Coventry, Advertising Manager, 1936-41; Second World War, in charge of Production Aero Engineering, Charlesworth, Ltd., Coventry, and Liaison Officer, Alvis, Ltd., Coventry, 1941-45. Recreations: drawing, painting. Club: Publicity Club, Coventry (Founder Member). Add: The Coventry Victor Motor Co., Ltd., Cox Street, Coventry. T: Coventry 25054; and 2 Snape Road, Wyken, Coventry.
ALLMAN, Richard Edward Chairman and Managing Director, Reall (Coach builders), Ltd. b: 1898, London. Educ: London. Served apprenticeship with coachbuilders, Brown, Hughes, Strachan, 1912; First World War, joined Sopwith Aviation Co., experimental and production; in 1921 started business as R.E.A.L. Carriage Works; in 1928 formed limited company as Managing Director; re-formed as Reall (Coachbuilders), Ltd., in 1936, as Chairman and Managing Director; received Freedom of City of London, 1947; appointed Liveryman of Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers, 1946. Clubs: 21 Room, Mayfair Club, Winstons. Add: R eall (Coachbuilders), Ltd., 468/474 Bath Road, Slough, Bucks; 197 Kensington High Street, London, W.8. T: Western 9938 and 0720; and 470 Bath Road, Slough, Bucks. T: Burnham 1152.
ANDERSON, John B.Sc., A.R.C.S. Technical Manager, India Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., since 1954. b: December 29, 1905, Greenock. Educ: Deacon's School, Peterborough, and Imperial College, London. From 1927, held various posi tions in the technical organization of the Dunlop Rubber Co., Ltd., being responsible, from 1934, for the specification and control of all textile materials in tyres made by the Dunlop Group; on the open ing of the Dunlop Research Centre, became head of textile research. Married, one daughter, one son. Add: India Tyre and Rubber Co.. Ltd., Inchinnan, Renfrewshire. T: Paisley 4141-9; and Crofthill, Bridge of Weir Road, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire. T: Kilmacolm 563.
ANDERSON, John Richard Lane Motoring and Industrial Editor, Manchester Guardian. b: June 17, 1911. Educ: St. Edmund's School, Canterbury. Served in the Royal Artillery (T.A.), 1939-42; Indian Army (Royal Garhwal Rifles), 1942-44; War Correspondent SHAEF, 1944-45; special correspondent, Manchester Guardian, in various parts of Europe, 1945-47; Labour Corre spondent (Chairman, Industrial Correspondents' Group), 1947-51; an Assistant Editor, Manchester Guardian, since 1951; Editor, " History on the Road, a Vintage Car Miscellany ", 1958. Recrea tion: sailing. Club: National Liberal. Add: Manchester Guardian, Cross Street, Manchester. T: Blackfriars 2345; and The Old Hall, Marple, Cheshire. T: Marple 1458.
ANDREWS, Arthur John Francis Managing Director, All Wheel Drive, Ltd., since 1947. b: May 15, 1906, Swansea. Educ: Malvern. Served apprenticeship with A.C. Cars, Ltd.; Director and Chief Engineer, Andrews Transport, Ltd.. Swansea; Buyer, L. Gardner and Sons, Ltd., Patricroft, Lancs; Managing Director. All Wheel Drive, Ltd. Recreations: golf, sailing. Clubs: R.A.C., R.N.S.A., P.H.Y.C., R.M.Y.C., Sunning dale Golf, Club. Add: All Wheel Drive, Ltd., Yorktown Works, Camberley, Surrey. T: Cam berley 3420; and Titlarks Acre, Sunningdale, Berks. T: Ascot 1492.
ANDREWS, Wilfrid Chairman, Royal Automobile Club. b: January 15, 1892, Sittingbourne. Educ: Wreight's School, Faversham. Vice-President of Feddration Internationale de l'Automobile; Founder and Chairman of the Roads Campaign Council; Vice-Chairman of Organization Mondiale du Tourisme et de l'Automobile; a Governor of the English-Speaking Union; Chairman of Directors of R.A.C. Buildings Co., Ltd., and various other associated companies; has held high office in Rotary including Board of Directors, 1932-33, Rotary International: awarded Order of the Crown of Belgium, 1947; Swedish Royal Order of Vasa, 1947; Danish Order of the Dannebrog, 1948; and Royal Order of St. Olav, Norway, 1949; interested in writing and Rotary. Clubs: R.A.C., Athenaum, Royal Motor Yacht. Recreations: golf, yachting, motoring. Add: Royal Automobile Club, Pall Mall, London, S.W.1. T: Whitehall 2345; and Roonagh, Sittingbourne, Kent. T: 126.
APPLEBY, Robert F.B.I.M., M.I.Prod.E. Managing Director, Black and Decker, Ltd. b: January 22, 1913. Educ: Graham Sea Training and Engineering School, Scarborough. With Electrical and Musical Industries, Ltd., 1933-42; Ministry of Production, 1942-43 Works Manager, Ascot Gas Water Heaters, 1943-47; General Manager, 1947-52; concurrently, Director, James Bruton, Ltd., 1947-52, and Manager, Nash and Thompson, 1948-52; joined Black and Decker, Ltd., as Director, 1953. Is also Director of International Operations of Black and Decker Mfg. Co., Towson, Maryland, U.S.A., and is a member of the Board of Directors of the following companies: Black and Decker (Australasia) Pty., Ltd., Victoria; Black and Decker (Belgium) S.A., Brussels; Black and Decker (Netherlands), N.V., Rotterdam; Black and Decker G.m.b.H., Dussel dorf; Trafalgar Travel (I.R.S.. Ltd.). London. Recreations: hunting, show jumping. Add: Black and Decker, Ltd., Harmondsworth. Middx. T: Skyport 2411; and The Hollies, Buckhurst Road, Ascot. Berks. T: Ascot 1981.
APPLEBY, William Victor A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Designer of Engines and Gearboxes, British Motor Corporation, Ltd. b: August 10, 1903, Liverpool. Educ: Wolver hampton Grammar School and studied engineering at Wolverhampton Technical School. Left school in 1918, and went into the machine shops of A.B.C. Coupler, Ltd.; in 1919 joined Sunbeam Motor Co. at Wolverhampton and spent two years in the drawing office, followed by three years in the Experimental Dept. under Capt. Irving, who was then in charge of the preparation of Grand Prix cars and all development work; in 1925 joined Vauxhall Motors as junior draughtsman, moving to the Standard Motor Co., Coventry, in 1927; there was engaged on component design for the Standard Nine; joined Bean Cars in 1928, and was made chassis design section leader in 1930; in 1931 joined Thornycrofts at Basingstoke, working on engine design for three years; joined the Austin Motor Co., Ltd., in 1934, and was responsible under Murray Jamieson for the engine layout of the 750 c.c. single-seater o.h.v. racing car; went on to production car design in 1937, and in 1942 was made Section Leader of Engine Design Dept.; elected to the local committee of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (Automobile Division) in 1951; in 1952 appointed Superintendent of Engine Design and in 1953 made Chief Designer of Engines and Gearboxes for The British Motor Corporation. Married, 1932, Margaret Esther née Dadley; one daughter. Recreations: music, photography, lan guages.
APPLEYARD, Ian B.Sc.(Eng.), A.M.I.Mech.E. Deputy Managing Director, Appleyard of Leeds, Ltd., The Automo bile Centre, Ltd., Jaguar Distributors (Central Yorkshire), Ltd., Daimler-Lanchester Distributors (Yorkshire), Ltd., Appleyard of Huddersfield. Ltd., and Appleyard Fuel Service, Ltd. b: October 10, 1923, Linton. Educ: Bootham School, York, and Bradford Technical College. 1st Class Honours, London University B.Sc.(Eng.). Served apprenticeship with Appleyard of Leeds, Ltd., 1940-43; joined R.E.M.E. 1943, demobilized (Major) 1946; rejoined Appleyard of Leeds, Ltd., as Director, 1946; member of British Olympic Ski Team in 1948; five times winner of Coupe des Alpes in International Alpine Motor Trial; winner of Dutch Tulip Rally, 1951, and winner of British R.A.C. Rally, 1951 and 1953; in 1950, married Patricia Carroll, née Lyons, elder daughter of Sir William Lyons. Recreations: ski-ing, lawn tennis, golf and bird photography. Club: Leeds Rotary. Add: Appleyard of Leeds, Ltd., North Street, Leeds. 7. T: Leeds 32731; and College Barn, Linton, Wetherby, Yorkshire. T: Collingham Bridge 28.
APPLEYARD, John Ernest B.Sc., M.I.Mech.E., F.I.M.T. Chairman, The Appleyard Group of Companies, since 1958. b: October 6, 1883. Educ: Leeds High School and Leeds University. H.M. Inspector of Fac tories, 1908; Captain, R.F.C. and R.A.F., 1916-19; Chairman and Managing Director since foundation of Appleyards of Leeds, Ltd., Motor Distributors, 1919; Chairman. Jaguar Distributors (Central York shire), Ltd.; Daimler and Lanchester Distributors (Yorkshire), Ltd.; The Automobile Centre, Ltd.; Armstrong Siddeley Car Distributors (Central York shire), Ltd.; Appleyard Properties, Ltd.; Appleyard Fuel Services, Ltd. Chairman, Motor Agents' Association (Yorkshire Division), 1930-31, and a member of the Council of Leeds University since 1930. Recreations: travel, photography and garden ing. Club: R.A.C. Add: Appleyard Group of Companies, Ltd., North Street, Leeds. T: Leeds 32731; and " Thatcher House ", Marine Drive, Torquay, Devon. T: Torquay 7267.
ARGENT, Edmund William Joint Managing Director, Sternol, Ltd., since 1946. b: November 19, 1898, Stratford. Educ: Grove School, Stratford. Served with British Petroleum Co., Ltd., from 1915-16; with R.N.A.S. and R.A.F., 1916-20; with Sternol, Ltd., since 1920, becoming Managing Director in 1946. Recreations: music, cricket, golf. Clubs: R.A.C., Mining Club. Add: Sternol, Ltd., 16 Finsbury Square, London, E.C.2. T: Monarch 3871; and Glen Ally, Limpsfield, Surrey. T: Oxted 2774.
ARGYLE, Gilbert A.M.I.Mech.E. Chief Designer, Commercial Vehicle Division, The British Motor Corporation, Ltd., since May, 1956. b: September 5. 1902, Birmingham. Educ: Birmingham Technical School. Gained engineering experience with Armstrong Whitworth, Newcastle on-Tyne; went to India in 1925; three years' experi ence on the Indian Railway; joined Morris Commer cial Cars, Ltd., 1930, as a Draughtsman; Chief Designer, 1947; Chief Engineer, 1951; with the merger of Austin and Morris as The British Motor Corporation, Ltd., became Joint Chief Designer, Commercial Vehicles; appointed Chief Designer, Commercial Vehicle Division, 1956. Recreation: golf. Club: Gay Hill Golf Club. Add: Morris Commercial Cars, Adderley Park, Birmingham, 8. T: East 1960; and 99 Welford Road, Shirley, Surrey. T: Oxted 2774.
ARMSTRONG, William B.Sc. (Eng.), A.M.I.Mech.E., A.F.R.Ae.S., M.S.A.E. Chairman and Managing Director, Armstrong Shock Absorbers, Ltd. b: July 2, 1916. Educ: Loughborough College. With Bristol Aeroplane Co., Ltd., 1935-38; with Dowty Equipment, Ltd., U.K., Canada and U.S.A., 1938-44. Appointed Managing Director, Armstrong Shock Absorbers, Ltd., in November, 1945, and Chairman, 1955. Recreation: travel. Add.: Arm strong Patents Co., Ltd., Beverley, E. Yorks. T: Beverley 82212; and Armstrong House, York.
ARNOLD, William M.I.Mech.E., M.I.M.I. b: December 10, 1874, Manchester. Educ: Ducie Avenue and Manchester Grammar Schools. Founder of William Arnold, Motor Engineers and Body Builders, Manchester. Married. Recreations: cricket and golf. Add: Upper Brook Street, Man chester, 13. ARNOTT, Daphne Mildred Managing Director, Arnott Racing Cars and Arnotts Garages (Harlesden). Ltd. b: December 23, 1926, London. Educ: Wycombe Abbey School, High Wycombe. Towards end of Second World War employed at the Hawker Air craft Co.; later joined the staff of St. George's Hospital, London, as a nurse; after the war became a journalist on a Chelsea newspaper until joining the family concern as a garage proprietress in 1948; was appointed Managing Director in 1950; encouraged to take part in competition work by a long-standing family association with motor racing; a prototype 500-c.c. racing car was built in 1951 and a new company formed for the manufacture of these racing cars, which is now manufacturing the Arnott 1,100 c.c. Sports Roadster and Grand Tourismo. Recreations: music (especially the piano) and the theatre. Add: Arnott Racing Cars, Palermo Road, Harlesden, London, N.W.10. T: Elgar 7127; and Yew Croft, Bushey Heath, Herts. T: 1033.
ARROWSMITH, John Cyril M.Met., A.M.I.Mech.E., Manager, Technical Ser vices, Pressed Steel Co., Ltd. b: May 5, 1899, Sheffield. Educ: Central Secondary School, Sheffield, and University of Sheffield. In 1924 became Research Assistant to British Cast Iron Research Association; from 1925-27 was Assistant Lecturer in Metallurgy, University College, Swansea; became Chief Metallurgist to Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., in 1927. Married; three sons. Add: The Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., Cowley, Oxford. T: Cowley 77701; and 52 Sandfield Road, Headington, Oxford. T: 61000. ASH, Eric Philip F.C.I.S. Deputy Managing Director and Secretary, J. Brockhouse and Co., Ltd., West Bromwich. b: November 6, 1901. Educ: Smethwick Technical College. Appointed Secretary, J. Brockhouse and Co., Ltd., 1928; appointed Director, 1944; Deputy Managing Director, 1948; is a Director of Albion Drop Forgings Co., Ltd., Bretts Patent Lifter Co., Ltd., Uniton, Ltd., West Bromwich Garages, Ltd. and of all subsidiary companies of J. Brockhouse and Co., Ltd. Recreitions: gardening. fishing. Add: I. Brockhouse and Co., Ltd.. Victoria Works, West Bromwich, Staffs. T: Wednesbury 0243; and 215 Lordswood Road, Harborne, Birmingham, 17. T: Harborne 1871.
ASHBURTON, 6th Baron (cr. 1835) Alexander Francis St. Vincent Baring Director, Pressed Steel Co., Ltd. 1): April 7, 1898. Educ: Eton College and Royal Military College. Served in The Greys, 1917-23; Group Captain, A.A.F., 1939-44. Club: Turf. Add: Pressed Steel Co., Ltd., Cowley, Oxford. T: Oxford 77701; and Itchen Stoke House, Alresford, Hants. T: 79.
ASHBY, Harold Ernest F.I.C.M. Credit Manager, Firestone Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., since 1924. b: December 7, 1894, London. Member of Council of Institute of Credit Management; Member, Executive Committee, Automobile Trades Guardian Association. Add: Firestone Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd. Great West Road, Brentford. Middx. T: Ealing 3456; and 104 Wood:and Gardens, Isleworth, Middx. T: Isleworth 2024.
ASHLEY, Ronald John Chairman and Managing Director, Isetta of Great Britain, Ltd. b: June 12, 1910, London. Educ: King Edward IV Grammar School. Air Display pilot with Sir Alan Cobham, 1934-35, and with C. W. A. Scott, 1935-36; with 011ey Air Service, 1937-40; served in R.A.F., 1940-46; seconded to Railway Airways Joint Committee, 1941-42, and to British Overseas Airways Corporation, 1942-46; Managing Director, Skyways, Ltd., 1946-52; Director and General Manager, Motor Car and Diesel Engine Divn., Armstrong Siddeley Motors, Ltd., 1953-56. Club: Bath. Add: Isetta of Great Britain, Ltd., Locomotive Works, New England Street, Brighton, 1, Sussex. T: 26256; and Hatch Farm, Liphook, Hants. T: Liphook 2279.
ASHTON, Geoffrey Ballentine Press Relations Executive, Nuffield Organization, since 1948 and Managing Editor, Motoring, Team work, Transport Efficiency, Sidelights and World wide News Exchange. b: April 27, 1910, Morecambe, Lancs. Educ: Bishop's Stortford College. Joined the Press Association in 1928 as Motoring Correspondent; became general reporter on the Daily Mail in 1934 and in 1935 was responsible for the Singer Motors Account with J. Walter Thompson and Co.; in 1936 became Motoring Correspondent for the West minster Press Provincial Newspapers; joined Morris Motors, Ltd., as Press Officer, in 1937. Recreations: darts, dog training. Add: Nuffield Organization, Cowley, Oxford. T: Oxford 77777; and 3 Wood stock Close, Oxford. T: Oxford 58965.
ASHTON, William Leslie M.B.E. Sales Manager, Equipment Sales, India Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd. b: January 20, 1913, Blackpool. Educ: Blackpool Grammar School; became a tyre fitter in 1930; a service supervisor, 1934; salesman, 1936-9; joined T.A., Manchester Regt., 1938; embodied in H.M. Forces, 1939; served until 1946; awarded M.B.E.; Re-joined present company as salesman, being promoted Manager of Agricultural and Industrial Dept. in 1947; appointed Equipment Manager, 1949, Manager, Equipment Sales, 1953; Sales Manager, Equipment Sales, 1957. Add: India Tyre and Rubber Co., Ltd., 92 John Bright Street, Birming ham, 1. T: Midland 0421; and Gairloch, 270 Penns Lane, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire.
ASPLAND, Kenneth Director, The Standard Motor Co., Ltd. b: July 31, 1912, Manchester. Educ: Ellesmere College, Shropshire. Articled to Edwin Guthrie and Co., Chartered Accountants, Manchester; on quali fying, joined Cadbury Bros.; joined The Standard Motor Co., Ltd., in 1940; appointed Secretary, 1944; Director, October, '953. Add: The Standard Motor Co., Ltd., Banner Lane, Coventry. T: Tile Hill 65211.
ATKEY, Charles Chairman and Managing Director, A. R. Atkey and Co., Ltd., since January, 1948. 12: February 11, 1891. Educ: Nottingham High School and Duisburg, Germany. Served apprentice ship with Humber-Beeston, Ltd., with Renault Freres, Billancourt, 1908-09; later, with A. R. Atkey and Co., Ltd. Became one of the first motor-cycle dispatch riders, joining the Royal Corps of Signals in 1912; landed in France, August 14, 1914; commissioned in R.F.C. as equipment officer, 1917. Became manager of the Parliament Street, Notting ham, branch of A. R. Atkey and Co., Ltd., 1921: Director, 1926. President, Nottingham Branch of the Old Contemptables Association for seven years; Past President, Nottingham City Business Club and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce; for many years a member of the council of the M.A.A., and also on its National Executive; Chairman, Nottingham No. 5 Hospital Management Committee Recreations: golf and photography. Clubs: R.A.C. and Notts Golf. Add: A. R. Atkey and Co., Ltd., 20 Lower Parliament Street, Nottingham. T: Nottingham 53574; and 23 Magdala Roe d, Nottingham. T : Nottingham 65822.
ATKINSON, Roy General Manager, Sharp's Commercials, Ltd. b: July 29, 1919, Blackburn, Lancs. Educ: Blackburn Grammar School. Took engineering courses, Blackburn Technical College, 1936-41; served apprenticeship with The Vale Engineering Co., Ltd., Darwen, after which was employed for three years with Cherry Tree Machine Co., Blackburn, on the manufacture of machine tools; was directed to Loxhams Army Auxiliary Workshop in 1943, becoming Shop Foreman; transferred to Sharp's Commercials in 1946 as Works Manager; appointed to present position in 1948. Recreations: motoring, soccer and cricket. Add: Sharp's Com mercials, Ltd., Ribbleton Lane, Preston. T: Preston 4022; and " Brenroy," Knowsley Rd., Wilpshire. Nr. Blackburn.
ATTWOOD, Henry Richard Managing Director, Charles Attwood and Son, Ltd. b: May 7, 1907, Eccleshall, Staffs. Son of C. W. Attwood; served apprenticeship with the Sunbeam Motor Co.; also Managing Director, Cyril Williams (Motors), Ltd., and Taylor Numo, Ltd. Married 1934; two sons. Recreations: shooting, sailing and motor sport. Club: B.R.D.C. Add: Charles Attwood and Son, Ltd., Wolverhampton. T: Wolverhamp ton 25852 (10 lines); and Ash Hill, Compton, nr Wolverhampton. T: Wolverhampton 20000.
AULT, William Sinclair B.A., F.Inst.Pet. Manager, Technical Department, Shell-Mex and B.P., Ltd., London, since 1952. b: October 21, 1913, Oundle. Educ: Oundle School; Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1936 joined the Shell Group at Shell Haven Refinery; transferred to Shell's Refinery at Suez, 1939; Assistant Refinery Manager at Shell's Stanlow Refinery, 1944; Technical Adviser to Shell-Mex and B.P., Ltd., 1946; Manager, Sales Technical Advisory Department, Shell Petroleum, London, 1949; Member of M.I.R.A. Council since 1953; Member of the Management Committee of M.I.R.A. and Chairman of the Fuel and Lubricant Research Committee since 1956; Member of the Council of the Institute of Petroleum since 1947. Recreations: sailing, gardening. Add: Shell-Mex and B.P., Ltd., Shell-Mex House, Strand, London, W.C.2. T: Temple Bar 1234; and The Little Wood, Oak Grange Road, West Clandon, Surrey. T: Clandon 200.
AVISON, Allan M.I.Mech.E. Deputy Managing Director, The David Brown Corporation, Ltd. b: June 17, 1897, Huddersfield. Educ: Long wood Grammar School and Huddersfield Technical College. Has been with the David Brown company since 1911, occupying at one time and another executive and administrative positions associated with the company and its many subsidiaries and branches. Club: R.A.C. Add: The David Brown Corporation, Ltd., Huddersfield. T: Huddersfield 3500; and Virginia Lea, Daisy Lea Lane, Hudders field. T: Huddersfield 4861.
AYRES, John M.I.E.E., M.I.P.E., F.I.W.M. Managing Director Simms Motor Units, Ltd., since 1958. b: March 16, 1907, Birmingham. Educ: Coventry Technical College. Continued technical training with General Electric Co., Ltd., Coventry; in 1932 became Manager (Lighting and Starting Equipment), Highfield Co., Ltd., Coventry; afterwards became Works Manager, Simms; Works Director, Brush Electrical Engineering Co., Ltd., Loughborough; Managing Director, Petters, Ltd., Staines; Director and General Manager, Simms; appointed to present position January, 1958; interested in Management Education; is an active officer of Institution of Works Managers. Recreations: golf, tennis. Club: R.A.C. Add: Simms Motor Units, Ltd., Oak Lane, E. Finchley, London, N.2. T: Finchley 2262; and Waygill, Burton's Lane, Chalfont St. Giles, Bucks. T: Little Chalfont 2357.
AYTON, Leonard Arthur Editor, British Automobiles Overseas, since 1936. b: June 14, 1908, London. Educ: Stationers' company's School and London University. Trained originally as an electrical engineer; joined Trader Publishing Co., Ltd., in 1929 as assistant editor, British Engineers' Export Journal (now British Engineering International); served in R.A.O.C., 1941-46, with final rank of Major. Recreations: golf, photography. Clubs: R.A.C., South Herts Golf. Add: British Automobiles Overseas, Dorset House, Stamford Street, London, S.E.1. T: Water loo 3333; and Royan, 10 Temple Avenue. Whetstone, London, N.20. T: Hillside 9439.