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Alfred Milton Wastnage

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Alfred Milton Wastnage (c1881-1948)

1911 Boarder at Wynstay, Golders Green Road, Golders Green: Alfred Wastnage (age 29 born Portland St, London), Garage Proprietor - Employer.[1]

1912 Married in Hampstead

1948 March 20th. Died. Probate to his widow Florence Mary Wastnage.

1949 Obituary [2]

"ALFRED MILTON WASTNAGE had a long connection with the motor industry, during the course of which he twice had the misfortune to experience the loss of his business through the incidence of two world wars.

He was educated at Denbigh Lodge College, Birmingham, and after some practical training in the family firm of Messrs. Wastnage and Company, of Kilburn, and attendance at classes at the Regent Street Polytechnic, London, where he studied under the late Professor Spooner, served a three years' apprenticeship, terminating in 1901, in the ship building yard of Messrs. Palmer and Company, Ltd., Jarrow. He then returned to Messrs. Wastnage, with whom he remained for eight years, rising from fitter to be foreman, and finally to the post of works manager. During this period he gained additional experience and an insight into continental methods in the shops of the Panhard Motor Co in Paris for six months, and in addition travelled extensively in this country and the United States with the same object in view.

In 1909 he went into business on his own account as a motor and consulting engineer, in which work he continued to be actively engaged up to 1922, with an interruption caused by the war of 1914-18 when for two years he was outside manager to Messrs. Handley Page, Ltd., and later was employed by the Ministry of Munitions on aircraft production. After three years experience as sales manager he again resumed his former occupation as consulting motor engineer. More recently he had been attached to the Ministry of Supply. Mr. Wastnage, whose death occurred in his sixty seventh year on 20th March 1948, was elected an Associate Member (A.D.) of the Institution in 1923."

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