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Herbert William Bamber

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Herbert William Bamber (1867-1934) of Daimler

1901 Living at Daimler Motor Works - Managers house, Coventry. Herbert W. Bamber (age 34 born Overstone, Northants) Motor Works Manager. With his wife Clara J. Bamber (age 34 born West Bromwich) and their son Hermann W, Bamber (age 2 born Meopham, Kent). Also a visitor Augusta H. E. Riley (age 26 born Lincoln). [1]

1905 December. Late Works Manager of Daimler.[2]

1911 Living at 3 Gartmoor Gardens, Wimbledon Park: Herbert William Bamber (age 43 born Northampton), Automobile Consulting Engineer - Employer. With his wife Clara Jane Bamber (age 44 born West Bromwich) and their son Herman William Bamber (age 12 born meopham, kent).[3]



1934 Obituary [4]

HERBERT WILLIAM BAMBER had for many years practised in London as a consulting engineer, specializing at first in internal combustion engines. He was largely instrumental in perfecting the design of the Parker producer gas plant, as applied to heavy motor traction, and shortly before his death he had completed a patent for an automatic change-speed gear.

He was born at Overston, Northants, in 1867, and served a four years' apprenticeship, commencing in 1884, with Messrs. Manlove, Alliott, Fryer and Company, of Nottingham, with whom he subsequently remained as draughtsman for a few months.

From 1889 to 1896 he was employed as draughtsman, first by Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Company, then by Messrs. Aveling and Porter, and finally by Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Company of Gainsborough.

Mr. Bamber then became partner in the firm of Messrs. Bamber and Lewis, cycle manufacturers and general engineers, Meopham and Chatham, and in 1899 was appointed works manager to Messrs. Baines, Gainsborough.

A better opportunity for carrying out his ideas in relation to internal combustion engineering came in 1900 with his appointment as works manager to the Daimler Motor Company.

He subsequently accepted the position of works manager in the automobile department of the Brush Electrical Engineering Company.

In 1903 he commenced his practice as a consulting engineer in London. He was the designer of the first tractor made by Messrs. Marshall, which used paraffin as fuel and gave very successful results on prairie land in Canada. In addition he took a very active interest in patents and inventions, and acted as judge at the Annual Exhibition of Inventions. His advice was much sought after in complicated law cases in connexion with motor cars, and he specialized in cases tried at the High Court, County Courts, and Assizes.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1897 and was transferred to Membership in 1903.

His death occurred on 4th February 1934, at the age of 66.


1933/34 Obituary [5]

Herbert William Bamber was born in 1867 and served his apprenticeship with Manlove, Alliott, Fryer and Co., of Nottingham.

He then served as Draughtsman for seven years with Ruston, Proctor and Co., Aveling and Porter, and Marshall, Sons and Co., after which he became partner in a cycle and motor manufacturing firm at Maidstone.

He then held appointments as Draughtsman and Works Manager with the Daimler Company, and subsequently as Works Superintendent in the Automobile Dept. of the Brush Electrical Engineering Co.

From 1903 until the time of his death he was in business in London as a Consulting Engineer.

He died on the 4th February, 1934, at the age of 66.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1911.


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