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Gordon Layton

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Gordon Layton ( -1924), managing director of the Cosmos Lamp Works

1924 Obituary [1]

GORDON LAYTON received his early education at private schools at Birchington and Luton.

On leaving school in 1897 he was apprenticed to the Electrical Power Storage Co.

At the end of his apprenticeship he joined the London Electric Cab Co., where he was in charge of the generating station and the high-tension substation.

In 1899 he became associated with the Westinghouse Co. and was sent to the Westinghouse works at Pittsburg to study American methods. On his return he worked in the correspondence department, of which he later became the head. He was subsequently transferred to the sales department and became manager of the Manchester district office. He afterwards returned to the works and was appointed manager of the district offices.

On account of failing health he found it necessary to go abroad and he took up a position with the company in South Africa.

He afterwards returned and became manager, and later managing director, of the Cosmos Lamp Works, which position he held until his death on the 31st January, 1924.

He was connected with the promotion of the Engineers' Clubs at London and Manchester. He was elected a Student of the Institution in 1897, an Associate in 1900, and a Member in 1912. From 1907 to 1910, and from 1911 to 1914, he served on the Committee of the North-Western Centre, of which he was vice-chairman in 1914-15.

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