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Leslie Walton

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Leslie Walton (1882-1949), Chairman of Vauxhall

1882 Born in Croydon the son of Alfred James Walton, a merchant, and his wife Lorina Hill Youngman

Educated at Eton

1906 Married at Bromley to Ethel Violet Lovegrove

1911 Living at Walgrove, Rothamstead Avenue, Harpenden: Leslie Walton (age 29 born Croydon), Manufacturer of Motor Cars - Employer. With his wife Ethel Violet Walton (age 28 born Stoke Newington) and their daughter Phyllis Walton (age 3 born Harpenden). Three servants.[1]

1914 Leslie Walton of Walgrove, Harpenden, Herts. Director of Vauxhall Motors (1914) Ltd

1932-34 President of the SMMT

1947 'MR. LESLIE WALTON, chairman of Vauxhall Motors, Ltd., has retired after 40 years' service on the board. He joined the company as joint managing director in 1907 when it was , formed to take over the motor activities of the Vauxhall and West Hydraulic Engineering Co., Ltd., of Luton. In 1914, he also became chairman, and when the company joined the General Motors Corporation in 1925 he continued in both capacities. Since 1930, he has been chairman.'[2]

1949 Obituary. [3] Died aged 67 years. Husband of Ethel and father of Phyllis Wall. Joined Vauxhall in 1907 as Joint MD and retired in 1947 as Chairman. Former president and treasurer of Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT)

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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 Census
  2. Commercial Motor
  3. The Times, Tuesday, Jun 07, 1949