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Sir Richard Burbidge (1847-1917)
1909 Managing Director of Harrods
1916 He was awarded a baronetcy in the new year's honours list.
WWI Served as chairman of the committee on the Royal Aircraft Factory; other members of the committee were Hon. C. A. Parsons and Sir H. F. Donaldson. The committee made a number of recommendations starting from the understanding that the War Office had laid it down that the establishment should be devoted to experimental rather than manufacturing purposes. The committee did not recommend the factory should focus solely on experimental work but the Air Board did not agree and decided that the manufacturing of aircraft should be done by the private sector.
1917 He died at his London home, 51 Hans Mansions, Knightsbridge, after a full day at work on 31 May 1917.