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Murray Gladwin Baillie

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Murray Gladwin Baillie (1881-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

MURRAY GLADWIN BAILLIE, although not directly trained as a mechanical engineer, retained a close connexion with the profession for several years.

He was manager of the works of the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company which was subsequently absorbed by Messrs. Vickers.

Mr. Baillie was born in London in 1881 and educated at Westminster School and in Germany. In 1900 he was articled to Messrs. Price, Waterhouse and Company, and in 1905 became an Associate of the Institution of Chartered Accountants. He was the author of "Some Notes on Stock Exchange Securities," published in 1906. Until 1911 he remained with Messrs. Price, Waterhouse, taking charge of most of their Continental work, and then became Continental partner of Messrs. Josolyn Miles and Company, with whom he was associated until 1922.

At the outbreak of war Mr. Baillie was in Brussels, and to aid in the escape of his staff and to collect monies due to his firm he stayed there until November 1914, when he escaped on false papers through the German lines. On arriving in London he obtained a commission in the Royal Field Artillery. He retired in 1922 with the rank of Captain.

In 1919 he rejoined Messrs. Josolyn Miles and shortly afterwards also took up his appointment with the Metropolitan Carriage, Wagon and Finance Company and its subsidiary companies. When this company was taken over by Messrs. Vickers, he acted for both groups on the Continent as vice-chairman of the foreign committee and of the sales organization committee, and as European supervisor. In addition, he was economic adviser for Continental matters to several other companies.

He relinquished his partnership in Messrs. Josolyn Miles in 1923 and became a local partner of Messrs. Deloitte, Plender, Griffiths and Company of Brussels and Antwerp. In 1926 he returned to England as general secretary on financial and non-technical matters to Messrs. Metropolitan-Vickers. He resigned in 1928 and directed various financial trusts; in 1931 he went to Austria in connexion with the Credit Anstalt.

Mr. Baillie died on 17th August 1933.

He had been a Companion of the Institution since 1926.

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