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Arthur Wormald

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Arthur Wormald of Rolls-Royce

c1874 Born at Leeds

1901 Living at 3 Bloomsbury Lane, Timperley (age 27 born Leeds), Tool Maker Engineer. With his wife Sissie (age 25 born Norwich) and their daughter Jeannie (age 2 born Leeds). Also his Sister Nellie (age 10 born Leeds). Plus a visitor Frederick Fox. [1]

1904 Joined Rolls-Royce in the Tool Room at Cooke Street, Derby

1911 Living at 172 Dairyhouse Road, Derby (age 37 born Leeds), Engineer Motor Car Works. With his wife Elizabeth Ann (age 35 born Norwich and their children Jenny (age 13 born Leeds) and Arthur (age 3 born Manchester). Also his Sister-in-Law Grace Emily Smithdale (age 14 born Nottingham). Note: Arthur and Elizabeth married for 13 years. [2]

1936 Retired from Rolls-Royce due to ill health and died that year

1937 Obituary [3]

Arthur Wormald, O.B.E., director and former general works manager of Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Derby.

Until ill health intervened during the last few months of his long association with the firm, Mr. Wormald was a familiar figure in machine shops, erecting bay and all other departments of the works at Derby. One who knew him recalls how just that little extra effort and concentration marked the approach of his slight figure to any department — this not induced by fear, but inspired by a real desire to please a master for whom everyone of the many thousands in his employ felt a great affection.

If a man was seen to be approaching a job in the wrong way there was never a hard word spoken or a voice raised. Mr. Wormald, speaking as a friend and equal, would himself offer to show the man how the job should be done.

Finally, everyman, whatever his position, knew that if any dispute arose he could be sure of a fair hearing and an unbiased verdict in Mr. Wormald's office.

1937 Obituary [4]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Flight Jan 7th 1937
  4. The Engineer 1937/01/15 p80