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Walter Bryan

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Walter Bryan (c1884-1966)


1966 Obituary[1]

"We record with regret the death on June 14, at Trimingham, Norfolk, of Mr. Waiter Bryan in his eight-second year. He was one of the pioneers of the British motor industry and his contribution to engineering, particularly in the fields of ignition and fuel injection equipment design and techniques, will benefit industry for many years to come. Mr. Bryan joined the Simms Manufacturing Company Ltd. as a trainee engineer in 1904 when the company was building vehicles and petrol engines at Kilburn. He continued his association with the late Frederick R. Simms during the life of the Simms Magneto Company Ltd. from 1907 to 1913 ; he was appointed chief draughtsman of Simms Motor Units Ltd. in April, 1913. He rose to become chief engineer before retiring to live in Norfolk in 1947. He became a director of the company in 1935 and took an active part in affairs of the Simms Corporation right up to his final retirement from the board in April, 1965. Mr. Bryan was a leading authority on ignition problems and in 1945 he was invited to become honorary adviser to the Ministry of Supply in North West Europe.

It was his knowledge and leadership which resulted in the volume production of magnetos required by the Services for aircraft and tanks during World War II. A stickler for quality, he was never agitated in a crisis but possessed the ability to imbue others with his enthusiasm."


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  1. The Engineer 1966 Jul-Dec