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Edmund Latham Cadwallader

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Edmund Latham Cadwallader (25th November 1882 - 9th July 1961)

1961 Obituary [1]

'We record with regret that Mr. E. L. Cadwallader died last Sunday at his home in Ealing; he was a Director of C.A.V.. Ltd., having been with the company for fifty years, and having been Joint General Manager from 1933 until his retirement from active executive duties in 1953.

Edmund Latham Cadwallader was born at Compton, Staffordshire, on 25th November 1882, and was apprenticed to Thomas Parker of Wolverhampton, one of the oldest established electrical concerns; after some time with Eastern, Anderson and Goulden, Ltd., of Erith and Waygood Otis, Ltd., he joined C. A. Vandervell in 1911, and was first engaged in the production side of the business. He early turned to sales work, and his main task was to sell electric lighting for both passenger and goods vehicles in place of oil or acetylene lamps; he saw the first dynamo lighting set to be fitted to a public service vehicle installed by the London General Omnibus Company, Ltd. After dynamos came the electric self-starter, and the first geared starter made its appearance in 1917. When the firm was taken over by Joseph Lucas, Ltd., in 1926. Mr Cadwallader remained at the head of the sales organisation, as he did in 1931, when the company entered the fuel injection equipment field and fused its interests to become C.A.V.-Bosch, Ltd. Two years later he was appointed joint general manager, the position he held until, in 1953, he was appointed consulting director on giving over his more active duties.

Mr. Cadwallader was a member of the Institute of Transport for many years, and served on the Henry Spurrier Memorial Committee.'

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