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Sydney Slater Guy

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Sydney Slater Guy (1884-1971) of Guy Motors

1884 Q4. Born in Wolverhampton registration district

He grew up in King's Heath, Birmingham

1901 He is aged 16 (born at W'hampton, Staffs) and living with his mother Emmerline Guy (age 42), and brothers Ewart (age 7), Frank (age 4) and Fred (age 2). [1]

1902 Sydney S. Guy began to gain practical engineering experience with an apprenticeship with Belliss and Morcom followed by a period with Veritys

In charge of testing at the electric and ordnance works of Vickers, Sons and Maxim in Birmingham and later in charge of the experimental department.

One of the senior draughtsman at GEC Witton.

Draughtsman with the Noble Automobile Syndicate, Coventry

1906 He was later with Humber as service manager.

1909 At age 24 he was Works Manager of Sunbeam in Wolverhampton.

1911 Living in Kings Norton, Isiah Guy 50, commercial traveller in hardware, Emmeline Guy 52, Sydney Slater Guy 26, works manager, motor works, William Ewart Guy 17, engineer's fitter (steam engines), Frank Maudie Guy 14, Frederick Jane Guy 12[2]

1912 Joined the Institution of Automobile Engineers[3]

1914 Left Sunbeam, where he was works manager, to start his own company to produce commercial vehicles almost next door to Sunbeam, Guy Motors.

1917 Patented Overhead valve engines. [4]

1919 Introduced the first British eight-cylinder car with automatic chassis lubrication

1923 Married Leila Brooks in Bucklow, Cheshire[5]

Pioneered the production of a variety of different kinds of motor vehicles/

1925 Introduced the first military cross-country vehicle with three-axles and four-wheel drive.

1926 Advanced to Member of the Institution.

1926 Introduced the first six-wheeled double-decked bus and electric trolley-bus

1939 Introduced a four-wheeled rear-engine driven all-welded armoured car in bulletproof plate.

1939 Sydney S Guy, Managing director, lived in Shifnal with Leila Guy[6]

1950 His daughter Elizabeth Hazel was married [7]

1953 Announcement of the forthcoming marriage of his son Rowland Slater. [8]

1957 Retired as chairman and MD of Guy Motors and Sunbeam Trolleybus Co after 43 years [9]

1971 Obituary. [10] Died aged 86 years.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. 1911 census
  3. Mechanical Engineer records
  4. The Engineer 1919/02/21
  5. BMD
  6. 1939 register
  7. The Times, Saturday, Sep 09, 1950
  8. The Times, Monday, Dec 21, 1953
  9. The Times, Thursday, Sep 26, 1957
  10. The Times, Friday, Sep 24, 1971