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Edward Stanley Byng

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Edward Stanley Byng (c1884-1956) of Standard Telephones and Cables

1956 Obituary [1]

WE regret to have to record that Edward Stanley Byng, vice-chairman of Standard Telephones and Cables, Ltd., died at his home in Purley, Surrey, on January 13th, at the age of seventy-two.

He was born in Derby in 1883 and gained his technical education at Derby School and University College, Sheffield.

In 1909 he became design engineer for London's underground cable development schemes.

Two years later when the National Telephone Company was taken over by the General Post Office he transferred to the G.P.O. staff as chief inspector, responsible for plant studies and estimates.

In 1913 he joined the Western Electric Company (which is now Standard Telephones and Cables, Ltd.) as engineer in charge of telephone cable contracts.

During the first world war his activities were extended to include telephone installations for munitions factories, until 1917, when he took charge of hydrophone installations at Portsmouth and was loaned to the Admiralty as technical adviser on submarine detection.

On his return to the International Western Electric Company he became responsible for carrying out some important trunk telephone cable installations on the Continent between 1921 and 1928. In October of that year he was appointed managing director of Standard Telephones and Cables, Ltd., and in 1933 he was made vice-chairman of the company.

Mr. Byng, who was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers, had served as its honorary treasurer and on various committees.

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