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Edward Harpur Fryer

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Edward Harpur Fryer (1879-1948)

1924 Head of the road department of the Automobile Association

1949 Obituary [1]

"EDWARD HARPUR FRYER in the earlier part of his career had considerable experience as an architect and surveyor, but of recent years he had been connected with the Automobile Association.

He was born in 1879 and received his education at the Diocesan School, Derby. He became a pupil of Mr. James Wright, architect, of Derby, in 1894, and on the completion of his articles five years later was admitted as a partner in the firm of Messrs. Wright and Tomlinson. He continued to practise until 1910 when he began a connection with the Automobile Association which lasted for over thirty years.

His first position was that of Midland manager, later he became chief of staff. During the war of 1914-18 he served in the Royal Engineers and rose to the rank of staff captain. On demobilization he resumed his duties with the Automobile Association and after acting as road manager and later as deputy secretary, was appointed secretary in 1942. Mr. Fryer was elected an Associate of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1944. His death occurred on 20th June 1948."

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