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Albert Lester Taylor

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Albert Lester Taylor (1860-1927)

1922 M.I.E.E., Cons. Elec. Engr.; Chief Elec. Engr. to the Royal and the Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance Cos., Liverpool. Address: Tithebarn House, St. Anthony's Road, Blundellsands, Liverpool.

1927 Obituary [1]

ALBERT LESTER TAYLOR was born in Kidderminster in November, 1860, the son of a carpet manufacturer.

At an early age he joined the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway as an apprentice in the telegraph department.

Subsequently he commenced practice as a consulting electrical engineer in both Manchester and Liverpool, the firm ultimately becoming known as Lester Taylor, Kelly and Hide.

In 1895 he was retained to act as electrical engineer to the Liverpool, London and Globe Insurance Co.

About 1896 he joined the Royal Insurance Co. in a similar capacity, and then relinquished his consultative work, giving the whole of his time to the two companies.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1900, being transferred in that year from the Northern Society of Electrical Engineers, when that Society was incorporated with the Institution, and became a Member of the Wiring Regulations Committee in 1903. On this Committee he was one of the representatives of the Fire Insurance companies who had adopted the Wiring Regulations of the Institution, and for many years he gave ungrudging and valuable services, as; he was engaged in inspecting electrical installations all over the United Kingdom. He was also one of the technical advisers to the Fire Offices Committee at Manchester. He was possessed of a quiet and unassuming personality and was very much esteemed by a large circle of business and private friends.

He finally retired in February 1925, and had the satisfaction of knowing that the I.E.E. Regulations, to the success of which he had contributed so much, were at last officially adopted by the Fire Offices' Committee.

He died on the 12th August, 1927.

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