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Edward Henry James Cecil Gillett

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Edward Henry James Cecil Gillett (1876-1936)

A pioneer of steam commercial vehicles

1876 Born in Brentford

1896-1900 Partner in C. Gillett and Co

1900-02 Managing Director of the Motor Omnibus Syndicate and this became the Gillett Motor Co

Owner of Gillett's

At one time ran British Ensign

1911 Living at 65 Lower Mortlake Rd, Richmond, Surrey: Edward Gillett (age 37 born Brentford), Motor Engineer - Own account. With his wife Rose Gillett (age 41 born London).[1]

1920 Listed as a director of R. W. Crabtree and Sons

1926-27 Produced around 25 cars from the old address of Ensign, Hawthorn Road, Willesden Green

1936/37 Obituary [2]

Edward Henry Gillett was born in 1876 and on leaving school took a full-time course at Finsbury Technical College.

Following this, he became an articled pupil with Thomas Middleton and Co of Southwark, and thereafter for a period of five years was Managing Director of the Motor Omnibus Syndicate.

His next position was as Managing Director of Gilletts, and after a further period as an Automobile Agent he became Managing Director and Engineer to British Ensign Motors.

His last position in the Industry was as Managing Director of Reduction Gears.

He died on 8th July, 1936, at the age of 60.

He was elected a Member in 1917.

See Also


Sources of Information

  • A-Z of Cars of the 1920s by Nick Baldwin. 1994. ISBN 1 870979 53 2