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Arthur Freeman Sanders

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c.1954. Arthur Freeman Sanders on a 500 cc Norton motorcycle with modified head to enable it to run on diesel fuel,

Arthur Freeman Sanders (1893-1960), founder of the Freeman Sanders Engine Co

Arthur Freeman-Sanders registered over 40 patents, and had a large influence on diesel engine development

1911 Living at Woodstock, Kensington Hill, Brislington, Bristol: Frederick W. Sanders (age 47 born Bedminster), Commercial Traveller, Builders merchant - Employer. With his wife Florence E. Sanders (age 45 born Montpelier) and their three sons; Frederick J. Sanders (age 21 born Bedminster), Assistant manager - Printing Works; Arthur F. Sanders (age 17 born Bedminster), Draughtsman; and Darrell G. Sanders (age 8 born Brislington). One servant.[1]

Apprenticeship at the Bristol Tramways Co

Post WWI. Employed at R. A. Lister and Co where he became Chief Engineer and worked on the development of their diesel engine

Seconded to Ricardo and Co

c.1934 Joined John Fowler and Co

c.1942 Established Freeman Sanders Engine Co

1954 'A diesel-engined motor cycle has been mingling on test with holiday traffic in the West Country week. It has been developed from a normal 500 c.c. petrol motorcycle engine by Mr. Freeman Sanders of Penzance, Cornwall. He said, to-day, that he had been working on it for about nine months. The engine required a new cylinder and head, and a new piston, but weighed hardly any more than the original engine. No spark was needed to start. Power output was comparable with that of the original engine, with a great saving in fuel. Knock had been eliminated. Road trials, with a sidecar, are now to start. "I have been driving my own diesel car for 14 years," Mr. Sanders said.'[2]

1957 Retired

1960 July 5th. Died - of Redinnick House, Penzance.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Thursday 26 August 1954