Robert Walker Smith
1855 born Stamford, Lincolnshire.
App. G.W. Railway. Works, Wolverhampton, and stayed there some years
1883 joined Rudge Co. as Works Manager
1892 founded the Eadie Manufacturing Co., Ltd., with Mr. Eadie as his colleague
Later became the Enfield Cycle Co., Ltd., with Eadie and Smith in control; and they formed other Companies.
1907 When the Eadie Manufacturing Co. was amalgamated with the B.S.A. Co., he became a B.S.A. Director; resigned after two years, and became Man. Dir. of the Enfield Cycle Co., Ltd.
1922 M.I.Mech.E., Man. Dir., Enfield Cycle Co
1932/33 Obituary 
Robert Walker Smith was born in 1857 and obtained his technical education at the Wolverhampton School of Arts.
He served an apprenticeship in the Wolverhampton works of the Great Western Railway
For nine years subsequently was Assistant Works Manager of the Rudge Cycle Co. While with the Rudge Co, he was responsible for the parts and fittings which Perry and Co sold to the trade, and which were made for them in the Rudge factory. He came into contact with the great trade personality Albert Eadie, then manager of Perry's cycle department, and later known as "The Emperor of Redditch."
In association with Albert Eadie, he then formed the Eadie Manufacturing Co, the Eadie Chain Co, and the Enfield Cycle Co, and when the Eadie Company was taken over the by BSA, he was appointed Works Managing Director.
His association with the Enfield Cycle Co, lasted until his death which took place on the 6th February 1933 at the age of 75.
He was a member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers.
1933 Obituary 
ROBERT WALKER SMITH was managing director of the Enfield Cycle Company and had spent his career in the cycle industry. He was responsible for many patents, including the first cycle spring fork and the first four-wheeled tandem, which incorporated the system of stub-axle lever steering used on nearly all motor cars to-day.
He was born at Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1855 and served his apprenticeship from 1869 to 1876 with the Great Western Railway at Wolverhampton.
In 1896 the Enfield Cycle Company was formed and Mr. Smith was appointed director.
In 1907 the Eadie Manufacturing Company was amalgamated with the Birmingham Small Arms Company and Mr. Smith was elected to the board of directors. He resigned this position two years later in order to devote more time to the affairs of the Enfield Cycle Company. He also took an active interest in the development of the motor cycle.
Mr. Smith had been a Member of the Institution since 1897.
His death occurred on 6th February 1933.