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KEEBLE, Robert Edward M.Inst.B.E., M.I.B.C.M. Director, Seddon Diesel Vehicles, Ltd., since 1946. b: October 29, 1902, Plumstead. Educ: Ipswich. Served apprenticeship with Regent Carriage Co., London; worked successively with coachbuilders at Biggleswade, Huntingdon, and London before joining Crossley Motors at Manchester; Cockshoot and Co., Manchester; and Daimler's, London; in 1928 Works Manager with H. Jackson and Co., leaving them in 1939 to join Holland Coachcraft of Newcastle upon Tyne; during Second World War, Assistant Works Manager, R. A. Dyson, Liverpool, leaving to take up present position. Recreations: golf, bridge, yachting. Add: Seddon Diesel Vehicles, Ltd., Oldham. T: Main (Oldham) 6041.; and 6 Warwick Close, Heaton Moor. Stock port. T: Heaton 5176
KELLAND, George William A.M.I.Mcch.E., Assoc.Inst.T. Public Relations Officer, the Birfield Group of Companies, since 1958. b: July 1, 1914, Brentford. Educ: Southall Technical College. Served apprenticeship with A.E.C., Ltd., 1930-35; Draughtsman, A.E.C., Ltd., 1935-37; Designer, Scammell Lorries, Ltd., 1937-39; Designer, A.E.C., Ltd., 1939-45; Technical Editor, Passenger Transport Journal, 1945-53; Editor and Director, The Transport Journal, 1953-58. Recreations: gardening, golf. Add: Birfield Industries, Ltd., Stratford House, Stratford Place, London, W.1. T: Grosvenor 7090; and Blackboys, Norfolk Farm Road, Pyrford, Woking, Surrey. T: Woking 5150.
KELLEY, Arthur Frederick B.Sc.(Hons.), A.M.I.C.E., A.M.I.Mech.E., M.I.P.E. Director of Rolls-Royce, Ltd., since 1954, and General Manager of Aero Engine Division since 1956. b: October 31, 1909. Educ: The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Durham University. University Apprentice (1926-31); Shift Engineer (1931-33) and Assistant to Chief Engineer (1933-35), Newcastle upon Tyne and Gateshead Gas Co.; Industrial Engineer, Gas, Light and Coke Co. and Commercial Gas Co., 1935-38; Consultant (1938-45) and Chief Engineer (1945-48) with Production Engineering, Ltd.; joined Rolls-Royce, Ltd., as Chief of Engineering Audit Department, 1949; appointed Assistant General Manager, Aero Division, 1951, and General Manager of Manufacturing, Aero Division, 1952. Recreations: golf, tennis. Add: Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Nightingale Road, Derby. T: Derby 42424; and Orchard House, 218 Warwick Avenue, Derby. T: Derby 23985.
KELLY, Kenneth Linden F.R.S.A., M.I.M.I. Secretary-General, The Auto mobile Association, since 1954. b: December 5, 1913. Educ: Kingston Grammar School. Joined staff of A.A., 1933; personal assistant to deputy secretary, 1937; war service, 1939-45, in R.A.O.C. Europe and Middle East; Acting Deputy Director of Ordnance Services for Middle East Command, 1945 (Col.); returned to A.A. staff, 1945; deputy secretary, 1952-53; joint secretary, Standing Joint Committee (R.A.C., A.A. and R.S.A.C.); vice-president, Alliance Inter nationale de Tourisme, 1954 onward; member ot the Council of the Organisation Mondiale du Tourisme et de l'Automobile, 1955 to present time; chairman, Governors of Kingston Grammar School; member, Oil Consumers Council; member, Executive Committee, Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents; member, Executive Committee, Council for the Preservation of Rural England; member, Ministry of Transport Committees on Road Safety and Landscape Treatment of Roads; associate, Institute of Transport; associate, Institution of Highway Engineers. Recreation: boating. Clubs: Devonshire, R.A.C., R.S.A.C., Kingston Rowing, Royal Irish Automobile (Dublin). Add: The Automobile Association, Fanum House, Leicester Square, London, W.C.2. T: Whitehall 1200; and 11 Broom Water, Teddington, Middlesex. T: Kingston 7809.
KEMBALL, Stanley Sales Director, University Motors, Ltd., since 1929. b: July 25, 1893, Essex. Educ: Bedford. First connected with the motor industry when he became a Director of Weybridge Automobiles, Ltd., from 1919-29; took over present position in July, 1929; is also Director of the Commercials and Coachwork, Marine and Electric Subsidiaries of University Motors, Ltd. Add: University Motors, Ltd., London, W.1. T: Grosvenor 4141; and Little Warren, Burwood Park, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. T: Walton 1217.
KEMP, Allen Frederick M.I.Mech.E., M.I.M.I. Joint Managing Director (Technical), Eustace Watkins, Ltd. b: June, 1889, London. Educ: St. Paul's; University College, London. Served apprenticeship with Simms Manufacturing Co. remaining after wards in Drawing Office; became Works Manager to Valveless, Ltd., and on leaving commenced business on own account; joined up in Artists' Rifles, and in 1915 transferred to R.F.C.; served until 1919 as Pilot; on demobilization joined Aluminium Alloy Pistons, Ltd., and in 1923 joined present company, starting Service Dept.; is also Director (Managing) of Whittingham, Mitchell, Ltd. Recreations: foreign travel, shooting. Add: Eustace Watkins, Ltd., 12 Berkeley Street, London. S.W.3. T: Mayfair 5951; and The Lodge, Harmonds worth, Middlesex. T: West Drayton 2464.
KEMP, James Alexander M.I.Mech.E., M.S.A.E. Director, since 1947, and Chief Designer, since 1934, Albion Motors, Ltd. b: October 4, 1888, Stoke Poges, Bucks. Educ: Upton Grammar School and Technical College, Coventry. Served apprenticeship with Maudslay Motor Co. from 1905, and worked as draughtsman there until 1914, when joined the Army, serving approximately five years as Workshop Officer in the Mechanical Transport Section of the R.A.S.C.; twice mentioned in Dispatches; demobilized with the honorary rank of Captain; returned to the Maudslay Co. in 1919; in charge of design until 1934, when joined present company. Recreation: golf. Club: Scottish R.A.C. Add: Albion Motors. Ltd., Scotstoun, Glasgow, W.4. T: Scotstoun 1261; and 4 Gartconnell Drive, Bearsden, Glasgow. T: Bearsden 1170.
KENDALL, Lt.-Col. (retd.) Michael Ward D.F.H.. M.I.E.E. Director, Joseph Lucas (Elec trical), Ltd., since 1947; Vice-Chairman and General Manager, Girling, Ltd., since 1957. b: May 10. 1913, Parkstone, Dorset. Educ: Tonbridge School and Faraday House. Trained as electrical and mechanical engineer at Faraday House, London, electrical generation and distribution, 1933-36; commissioned as Ordnance Mechanical Engineer, 1936; on G.H.Q. Staff. British Expeditionary Force. 1939, as Major; later Assistant Director, Mechanical Engineering, War Office, as Lt.-Col., 1942, and Deputy Director, British Army Staff (Washington), 1943; passed Staff College, 1944; resigned commission, October, 1945, on joining Joseph Lucas, Ltd.; Council Member, M.I.R.A.; Member of Standards and Technical Board. S.M.M.T.; Member, Engineering Divisional Council, B.S.I., and past Chairman, Automobile Industry Standards Committee. Recreations: gardening, sailing, golf. Clubs: Lansdowne, Parkstone Yacht, Blackwell Golf. Add: Girling, Ltd., Kings Road, Tyseley, Birmingham, 11. T: Acocks Green 3371; and Lyndale House, Barnt Green, Worcester shire. T: Hillside 1963.
KENNING, David Berkeley M.A., J.P., M.I.M.I. Joint Managing Director, Kennings, Ltd., and Subsidiary and Associated Companies; Chairman and Managing Director, Kennings Estates, Ltd. b: May 11, 1920, Clay Cross. Educ: Mill Hill School; Christ's College, Cambridge; Inns of Court. Is .a barrister-at-law; served with local T.A. Unit from outbreak of war; received commission in 1940 in R.A.O.C. and went to Middle East; served in various small units and at H.Q., 13 Corps, and G.H.Q., M.E.F.. Major, 1943; joined Kennings, Ltd., in 1948; is a liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coach and Coach-harness Makers; married, 1947, Aileen née Willox, three sons; is an underwriting member of Lloyd's (two groups); J.P. for Derbyshire, since 1955, and member of Council, Institute of the Motor Industry. Recreations: travel, sailing. Club: Royal Thames Yacht. Add: Kennings, Ltd., Gladstone Buildings, Clay Cross, Derbyshire. T: Clay Cross 2101; and Rykneld House, Clay Cross, Derbyshire. T: Clay Cross 2157.
KENNING, George D.F.C., T.D., M.A. Chairman and Joint Managing Director, the Kenning Motor Group, since 1956. b: August 2, 1916, Clay Cross. Educ: Mill Hill School; Christ's College, Cambridge. Joined Kennings, Ltd., 1938; underwriting member of Lloyd's (two groups). Recreations: sailing, bee-keeping. Clubs: Royal Thames Yacht, Derby Aero. Married, 1943, Marjorie Hilda nee Thomas; two sons and two daughters. Add: Kennings, Ltd., Gladstone Buildings, Clay Cross, Derbyshire. T: Clay Cross 2101; and Longlands, Ashgate, Chester field. T: Ashgate 4518.
KENNINGTON, William Oscar M.I.Mech.E. Inventor, Patentee and Consultant. b: June 18, 1885. Educ: St. Paul's School; Cen tral Technical College. Kensington. Chief Engineer with Simms-Bosche, 1905-09; Engineer with Remy Electric Co., U.S.A. 1910-15; served at Air Ministry on Special Duties during First World War; was Managing Director, Delco-Remy, London, 1919-25; General Manager, Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., I 926-:28; Managing Director, Delco-Remy-Hyatt. 1926-30, and Chairman, 1932-39; Managing Director, Frigidaire, Ltd., 1939-43; Consultant Engineer, Ford Motor Co., Ltd., Dagenham, 1948-50; inventor of Bendix Inertia Pinion, and of Vacuum Control. Ignition and other patents; Author of I.A.E. Paper, " Aesthetics of Body Design "; is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers. Recreations: motor boating, golf. Clubs: Devonshire. R.A.C., Auto mobile Golfing Society. Add: Tir-na-Nog. Hannatore, Looe, Cornwall. T. 355.
KENNY, Eric Hamilton Director, Henlys, Ltd., and all subsidiary companies. since 1936. b: February 28, 1903, Newcastle-on-Tyne. Educ: King's College School, Wimbledon. Articled for five years to a firm of Chartered Accountants; appointed secretary to H. G. Henly. Ltd., 1926; Director, 1936; joined H.M. Forces, March, 1940; demobilized with the rank of Colonel in September, 1945. Recreations: golf, gardening. Club: R.A.C. Add: Henlys, Ltd., 385-7 Euston Road, London, N.W.1. T: Euston 4444; and Coombe Priors, Ren frew Road, Kingston Hill, Surrey. T: Malden 4444.
KENT, Captain Percival Frederick Jackson President, Blue Peter Retreads, Ltd.. since 1945. b: 1897, Colchester. Educ: Marlborough College and Royal Military College, Sandhurst. Gazetted to 3rd Dragoon Guards. December, 1914; seconded to R.F.C., September, 1915, serving as Observer and Fighter Pilot; rejoined Regiment in 1919, serving in India; in 1926, founded with his brother, Auto Tyre Services (now Blue Peter Retreads, Ltd.), becoming oint Managing Director in 1929, and President in 1945; recalled to the Colours in 1939, serving in North Africa and Italy; mentioned in Dispatches. Recreations: fishing and gardening. Club: R. A.F. Add: Blue Peter Retreads, Ltd., Basingstoke, Hants. T: Basingstoke 404-6: and Tames Dell, Sherbourne St. John, Nr. Basingstoke, Hants. T: Monk Sher borne 55.
KENWAY, Gawen Philip General Manager, Connaught Engineering, since September, 1957, b: February 21, 1915, Godalming, Surrey. Educ: Bedales, City and Guilds. Technical Assistant, Ricardos, 1934-37; Tech. Assistant, Institute of Automobile Engineers. 1937-39; from 1939 to 1942 chief outside engineer on Hall-Scott engines in coastal forces, for Thomson and Taylors, and from 1942 to 1943 Admiralty civilian engineer, organizing coast forces overhaul depots in Bombay and Colombo; from 1943 to 1952 with Thomson and Taylor as development engineer and Director; from 1954 to the present time, with Connaught Engineering as development engineer, then Works Manager, now General Manager. Recreations: fishing, shooting. Add: Connaught Engineering, Portsmouth Road, Send. Nr. Woking, Surrey. T: Ripley 3012; and Enton End, Nr. Godalming. Surrey. T : Godalming 308.
KEVAN MURRAY, Alexander Troup Managing Director, Croft Bodybuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd., since 1955. b: December 25, 1907, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. Educ: Turriff Academy. Entered Motor Trade in 1926 with Wm. Gillespie and Son, Ltd.; joined sales staff of Paisley Motor Co., Ltd., and became Managing Director in March, 1953. Recreation: golf. Clubs: Scottish Flying, R.S.A.C. Add: Croft Bodybuilding and Engineering Co., Ltd., 1009 Gallowgate, Glasgow, E.1. T: Bridgeton 4321; and 132 Glasgow Road, Paisley. T: Paisley 5888.
KIEFT, Cyril William Chairman and Managing Director, Cyril Kieft and Co., Ltd. b: September, 1911. Educ: Wellington School. Steel Works Manager, Richard Thomas and Co., Ltd., 1930-35; Manager, Wolverhampton Steel and Iron Co., Ltd., 1935-36; Assistant Managing Director, Haybridge Steel Works, Ltd., 1937-42; Director and General Manager, Wolverhampton Steel and Iron Co., Ltd., Haybridge Steel Works, Ltd., Shropshire Iron Co., Ltd., Monmore Green Iron Co., Ltd., 1943-44; Managing Director, Cyril Kieft and Co., Ltd., Kieft Oil Products, W. G. Birkinshaw, Ltd., Kieft Cars, Ltd., etc., 1945-55; Managing Director, Raine and Co., Ltd., 1957; Joint Managing Director, Millom Hermatite Iron Co., Ltd., 1958. Recreation: motor sport. Add: Derry Street, Wolverhampton. T: Wolverhampton 24394; and Fairwood, Ash Hill, Wolverhampton. T: Wolverhampton 25067.
KING, Albert Leslie M.B.E.. A.A.C.C.A. General Manager (Sales). Shell-Mex and B.P., Ltd.. since April, 1957. b: August 28, 1911, London. Educ: University College School. Joined Shell-Mex and B.P. Statistical Department, 1928; Royal Artillery (H.A.A.) during Second World War; Manager, Secretariat, Petroleum Board, 1945-48; Manager, Trade Relations Department. Shell-Mex and B.P., Ltd., 1948-50; Executive Officer, Administration, 1950-51; General Staff and Industrial Relations Manager, 1951-54; General Manager, Administration, 1954-51; a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, and a member of the Institute of Petroleum, and the Institute of Transport. Clubs: Junior Army and Navy, R.A.C. Add: Shell-Mex and B.P., Ltd., Shell-Mex House, Strand, London, W.C.2. T: Temple Bar 1234; and Highlands, 50 Waggon Road. Hadley Wood, Barnet, Herts. T: Barnet 6424.
KING, Benjamin B.Sc. b: November 9, 1889, New London, Conn., U.S.A. Educ: Bulkeley School; Poly. Inst. of Brooklyn. In 1912 was with Peerless Motor Car Co., Cleveland, Ohio; in 1915 with Gaston Williams and Wigmore as Director and General Manager; and in 1923 with Citroen Cars, Ltd., as Managing Director; served with Chrysler Motors, Ltd., and Dodge Brothers (Britain), Ltd., as Chairman; retired in 1956; was Vice-President of the S.M.M.T. in 1938. Recreation: golf. Clubs: American, R.A.C., Hurlingham, Rochampton, Royal Wimble don, Sunningdale. Add: Carisbrook, 19 Briar Walk, Putney, S.W.15, London. T: Putney 5705.
KINSEY, Major John Reginald M.I.Mech.E., A.M.Inst.T., F.I.Arb. Consulting Engineer; late Chief Engineer, The Automobile Association (1926-58). b: February, 1893, Liverpool. Educ: Marl borough College; Central Technical Institute, Liverpool. Apprenticed to Jas. Scott and Co., Ltd., electrical and mechanical engineers, Electric Supply Co., Ltd.; became Works Manager to Robert W. Blackwell and Co., Ltd.; became Managing Director of John R. Kinsey and Co., Ltd., 1920; joined Technical Dept., A.A., Jan., 1926, and appointed chief engineer Oct., 1945; served in R.N.A.S. and as Eng. Sub-Lieut., R.N., during the First World War; commissioned Technical Officer, R.A.F., 1940. and Major, R.E.M.E., 1940-45. Clubs: Junior Army and Navy, Richmond Golf, Royal Mid Surrey Golf. Recreations: golf, photography, horology. Add: A. Warren-Lambert and Co., Consulting Engineers, 181 Queen Victoria Street, London, E.C.4. T: Central 9491-2; and 39 Queen's Court, Richmond, Surrey. T: Richmond 5298.
KIRKWOOD, William Park B.Sc., M.I.Mech.E., M.I.Prod.E. Works Manager, 1951. Director, 1954, Albion Motors, Ltd. h: October 1, 1901. Houston, Renfrewshire. Educ: High School of Glasgow; Glasgow University. Served apprenticeship with Albion Motors, Ltd., Glasgow, then Drawing Office and Design Department; later transferred to production side as Assistant to Works Manager, then became Inspection Superintendent, Production Engineer and Assistant Works Manager; Past Chairman of the Scottish Centre of the Automobile Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers; member of committee and past Chairman of the Glasgow section of the Institution of Production Engineers; member of the Technical Policy Committee and Production Engineering Research Association of Great Britain from 1948; Chairman of the Mechanisms, Metrology and Noise Control Committee of the Mechanical Engineering Research Board from 1957; member of the Executive Committee of the Scottish Engineering Employers' Association from 1956. Recreation: gardening. Add: Albion Motors, Ltd., South Street, Scotstoun, Glasgow, W.4. T: Scotstoun 1261 and Morar, Sandfield Avenue, Milngavie, Dunbartonshire. T: Milngavie 1264.
KLAPPER, Charles Frederick M.Inst.T. Editor, Modern Transport, since 1953. b: 1905, London. Educ: Coopers' Company's School. Joined firm of road hauliers in 1924 during changeover from horse to motor traction; joint founder of Omnibus Society, for study of road passenger transport operation, 1929; left haulage for freelance journalism. 1932; joined Modern Trans port, 1935; Assistant Editor, 1941; a Director of Modern Transport Publishing Co., Ltd., 1952; Chairman. Metropolitan Section, Institute of Transport, 1957-59, Member of International Container Bureau and its regional delegate in Great Britain. Recreations: touring Europe, studying transport. Club: Transportation. Add: Modern Transport, 3-16 Woburn Place, London, W.C.1. T: Terminus 0303.
KLEMANTASKI, Louis A.I.B.P., A.R.P.S. Director, Louis Klemantaski, Ltd., since 1946. b: February 12, 1912, Harbin, Manchuria. Educ: abroad and King's College, University of London. Engaged on the photography of cars and racing since 1936; research laboratory, British Filters, Market Harborough, 1940-42; Department ot Miscellaneous Weapons Development, Admiralty, 1942-46. Recreations: music, motor racing. Add: Louis Klemantaski, Ltd., 8 St. Martin's Place, London, W.C.2. T: Temple Bar 1757; and Flat 5, 43 Lennox Gardens, London, S.W.1. T: Knights bridge 2015.
KNAGGS, Maurice John M.I.Mech.E. Chief Designer, The Skefko Ball Bearing Co. Ltd., since 1953. b: December 5, 1897, Kilburn. Educ: Haberdashers School, Hampstead; technical training at Polytechnic School of Engineering; and as a work shop trainee with Thos. Tilling, Ltd., London, 1915. Became a draughtsman with Lanchester Motor Co., Birmingham, then joined F. W. Berwick and Co., London; also held appointments with Handley Page, Ltd., and Crossley Bros., Ltd., Manchester; joined the Engineering Automobile Division of Skefko Ball Bearing Co., Ltd. Add: The Skefko Ball Bearing Co., Ltd., Luton. T: Luton 5700; and " St. Kilda," 27 Compton Avenue, Luton, Beds. T: Luton 4460.
KNIGHT, Miss Grace Lilian F.C.C.S. Company Secretary, A.E.C., Ltd., since 1948. b: February 2, 1899, London. Educ: Clapham High School and various private schools. First joined industry in 1927 as private secretary to company secretary, A.E.C., Ltd.; appointed Assistant Secretary, 1946. Recreations: walking, travel. Club: English Speaking Union. Add: A.E.C., Ltd., Southall, Middx. T: Southall 2424; and 10 Woosa house Road, Hove, 3, Sussex. T: Hove 49963.
KNOX, Trevor Victor Sales Director, Massey-Ferguson (Great Britain), Ltd., since 1953. b: February 4, 1914. Educ: Ballycastle High School N.I. Joined Harry Ferguson Motors, Ltd., Belfast, 1930; transferred to Harry Ferguson, Ltd., Huddersfield, 1936; joined Ferguson-Sherman, Inc., Detroit, 1941; returned to Harry Ferguson, Ltd., Coventry, with responsibility for sales of Ferguson Tractors and agricultural equipment, 1945. Recreations: golf, veteran cars. Clubs: R.A.C., Veteran Car, Farmers'. Add: Massey-Ferguson (Great Britain), Ltd., Fletchamstead Highway, Coventry. T: Coventry 75533; and The Last Drop, 5 Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry. T: Coventry 67682.
KYD, James Anthony Assistant Editor, The Motor, since 1949. b: August 9, 1915, Dublin. Educ: Edinburgh Academy; St. Edward's School, Oxford. Joined de Havilland Aircraft Co. as service engineer in 1936 after apprenticeship at Croydon Airport; transferred to Air Ministry, 1939, where he held appointment as a Senior Technical Officer at R.A.E., Farnborough; later with the Ministry of Aircraft Production; became head of Ministry of Supply Technical Information Bureau in 1945; competed in various motoring events before 1939; contributor to aviation and motoring journals. Recreations: gardening, walking. Add: The Motor, Temple Press Ltd., Bowling Green Lane, London, E.C.1. T: Terminus 3636; and Penberth Cottage, Deerings Road, Reigate, Surrey. T: Reigate 2397.