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William Gilbert Allen

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William Gilbert Allen F.C.A., of Atkinson

1892 Born in London son of William Gilbert Allen (1869-1931)

Educated at Haileybury College.

1911 Articled as Chartered Accountant

WWI: Royal Artillery; wounded

1917 Adjutant of the Trade Test Centre, Woolwich

1918 Invalided out as Captain

1922 Married Winifred M A Meredyth-henshall in London[1]

1923-32 Partner in Maurice, Jenks, Percival and Co.

1926 Birth of son Antony William Allen[2]

c.1931 Effectively took over the management of Atkinson

1932 Founded own firm of Chartered Accountants (Gilbert Allen and Co.)

1933 Acquired Atkinson

Became chairman of Atkinson Lorries (1933) Ltd.

1939 Charted accountant, lived in Wandsworth with Winifred M. Allen[3]

1948 Listed as of 40 Fairacres, Roehampton Lane, London S.W.15. Chairman and MD of Atkinson [4]

1955-56 Sheriff of the City of London

By 1959 Chairman and Managing Director, Atkinson Lorries (Holdings), Ltd., and Chairman of its subsidiaries — Atkinson Vehicles, Ltd., Nightingale Engineering Co., Ltd., Coach Bodies Ltd., Transport Vehicles (Atkinson) South Africa Ltd., Reg Lucas and Frank Payne Motors, Ltd. (Johannesburg), Atkinson Vehicles (Australasia), Pty., Ltd.

1970 Died in Wandsworth[5]

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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  3. 1939 register
  4. The Times, Wednesday, Dec 08, 1948
  5. BMD