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Frederick Benjamin Oliphant Hawes

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Frederick Benjamin Oliphant Hawes (c1863-1942) of the Langdon-Davies Motor Co

1942 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK BENJAMIN OLIPHANT HAWES, who died at Torquay on the 28th July, 1942, aged 79, was educated at Finsbury Technical College and then entered the works of the United Telephone Co. as an assistant in the Instrument Department, being promoted later to Manager of the Works Department.

From 1888 to 1895 he was Assistant Manager of the East Ferry Road Engineering Works.

In 1898 he joined the Langdon-Davies Motor Co. as Assistant Manager, and became General Manager in 1904, Managing Director in 1905 and Consulting Engineer to the Company in 1910.

He was closely associated with the National Electrical Manufacturers' Association and served for some years as Secretary. The Association organized the Electrical Exhibitions at Olympia in 1905 and 1911, the profits from which led to the formation of the Electrical Trades Benevolent Institution. He served from 1911 to 1929 as Hon. Secretary of that Institution, and also, until his retirement in 1928, with the British Electrical and Allied Manufacturers' Association, which body resulted from the reorganization of the National Electrical Manufacturers' Association. He organized the British Ignition Apparatus Association and the Portable Accumulator Manufacturers' Association, and was Secretary of both until his retirement. During the last war he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve.

He joined The Institution in 1883 as a Student, and was elected an Associate in 1886 and a Member in 1911.

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