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Edmund Woodward Lewis

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December 1910.

Edmund Woodward Lewis (1870-1941) of Rover, Daimler and Deasy Motor Car Manufacturing Co. Described as "a tall, thin, dark fellow who knew what he wanted and was determined to get it.'[1]

1870 Born in Bury St. Edmunds[2] the son of Lewis Woodward Lewis, Clerk in Holy Orders.

Chief draughtsman with Daimler

1901 Living at 3 Spingfield Place, Coventry: Edwin R. Hayes (age 44 born Coventry), Cycle Machinist. With his wife Sarah Hayes (age 44 born Coventry) and their three children; Edwin Hayes (age 10 born Coventry); Winifred F. Hayes (age 8 born Coventry); and Ethel F. Hayes (age 5 born Coventry). Also a boarder Edmund W. Lewis (age 30 born Bury St. Edmunds), Automobile Draughtsman.[3]

1902 Married Evelyn Spencer Greaves

Joined Rover Cycle Co where he designed their first car.

1906 Engineer and works manager of Deasy Motor Car Manufacturing Co.[4]

1909 November. Details of a rotary valve engine.[5]

1911 Living at Fairspear, Kenilworth Road, Coventry: Edmund Woodward Lewis (age 40 born Bury St. Edmunds), Consulting Engineer - Employer. With his wife Evelyn Spenser Lewis (age 30 born Boynor, Sussex). Also Gerald O. Von Stralendorff (age 22 born Macclesfield), Consulting Engineer - Employer. Two servants.[6]

1911 June. Details of a slide-valve engine he designed.[7]

1914 Divorced. Living in Paisley, Refrewshire. 'a man of drunken and dissolute habits, and of violent and ungovernable temper'

1941 Died in Hendon[8]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. Armstrong Siddeley Motors by Bill Smith. p43
  2. BMD
  3. 1901 Census
  4. Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser - Thursday 22 February 1906
  5. The Autocar 1909/11/20
  6. 1911 Census
  7. The Autocar 1911/06/03
  8. BMD