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1921. Garratt 2 1/2 ton Electric Lorry. Exhibited at The 1921 Commercial Motor Exhibition.

Agricultural and General Engineers, of Kingsway, London, was a combine of British engineering companies formed in 1919 and bankrupt in 1932.

1919 Prospectus. Capital is 3 million pounds. Lists the associating companies as: [1]


1920 March. George D. Perks joins the board and becomes Deputy Chairman in October 1921 [2]

1920 May. Extraordinary General Meeting. Announced that the following companies had joined them: [3] Later states that nine companies joined in this year [4]

1920 At the 1920 Royal Agricultural Show, there were said to be 13 member companies (although only 12 were listed[5]), in addition to the above there were also:

1920 October. Annual General Meeting. George D. Perks was re-elected as a director. Mention of the following additional companies: [6]

c 1922 Lieut-Colonel C. F. Hitchins resigns as general manager to join Armstrong Whitworth.[7]

1923 July. J. E. S. Perkins succeeds James Golby Barford as a director

1923 October. 4th Ordinary General Meeting. G. E. Rowland is Chairman. He was appointed to this position the previous month. Stated that the original five companies had another nine added now to the company making 14. Loss over four years is £252,125 and assets have reduced by £437,578. [8]

1924 April. Extraordinary General Meeting. Mention of Stanley Brotherhood as founder shareholder. [9]

1925 October. A. Leggett joins the board

1925 H. Carlisle joins the board

1925 6th Ordinary General Meeting. Mention of the following companies as part of the fourteen: [10]

Others may be

1928 Display advertisement in The Times shows 13 companies only: [11]

1928. 9th Ordinary General Meeting. Mentions 14 copmpanies. Total of 10,000 persons employed. [12]

1931 Call for an independent inquiry into the running of the company by three directors of the board and seven of the associated companies owning more than 1,000,000 shares in the company. These were: [13]

1932 February. G. E. Rowland, H. Carlisle, G. D. Perks, A. Leggett. and H. W. Smith resign from the Board. J. E. S. Perkins does not offer himself for re-election. A receiver is appointed. [14] [15]

1932 April. The company is wound up [16]

1932 R. A. Lister and Co and Ruston and Hornsby jointly acquired the road-roller manufacturers Aveling and Porter, and Barford and Perkins from the receivers. A new joint company Aveling-Barford was established by the 2 to hold these interests.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Times, Tuesday, Nov 04, 1919
  2. The Times, Friday, Oct 26, 1928
  3. The Times, Tuesday, May 11, 1920
  4. The Times, Friday, Oct 26, 1928
  5. The Engineer 1920/07/09
  6. The Times, Saturday, Oct 16, 1920
  7. The Engineer 1922/04/14
  8. The Times, Saturday, Oct 20, 1923
  9. The Times, Wednesday, Apr 16, 1924
  10. The Times, Saturday, Oct 17, 1925
  11. The Times, Wednesday, Jul 11, 1928
  12. The Times,, Friday, Oct 26, 1928
  13. The Times, Monday, Dec 21, 1931
  14. The Times, Friday, Feb 12, 1932
  15. The Times, Wednesday, Feb 17, 1932
  16. The Times, Tuesday, Apr 26, 1932
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