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1911 'the National Gramophone Co., Ltd. was certificated to begin business on 3rd. August, 1911, having purchased the Sound Reproduction Syndicate business for £3» 300 with its Packman patents which were protected overseas in Austria, Belgium, France and Germany and with an application pending in U.S.A. Messrs P. J. Packman, James Albert Corey and Walter Amelius Cloud, the members of the Syndicate became the directors of the new company, joined by Robert Crawford Lees of Holt, Lees & Co. of Cheapside, London E.C., (a business which sold pirated Fonotipia and red-labelled "H.M.V." recordings imported from Russia) and by Walter Hansen Rawles, a chemical engineer, associated with Lettrophones Limited.'