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Claude Vivian Holbrook

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Colonel Sir Claude Vivian Holbrook (1886-1979)

1886 Born[1] in Portsmouth, son of Arthur Richard Holbrook, managing director of a newspaper and general printers, and his wife Amelia[2]

1911 Lieut. in the Army Service Corps, lived in Southsea with his parents[3]

WWI Worked for the War Office as a motorcycle procurement officer.

1919 Joined the Triumph Cycle Co in Coventry in succession to Mauritz Schulte as General Manager.

He persuaded Siegfried Bettmann, founder of Triumph, to acquire the assets and Clay Lane premises of the Dawson Car Co and start producing a 1.4 litre model called the Triumph 10/20. This became the basis for the success of the Triumph Motor Co

1950 Director of the Raglan Property Co [4]

1979 His Will[5]. Deputy Lieutenant of Warwickshire from 1931 to 1967.

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. 1911 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. The Times, Wednesday, Feb 15, 1950
  5. The Times, Friday, Nov 23, 1979