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Victor Walter Pilkington

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Victor Walter Pilkington (1898-1966)

1898 Born the son of James Edwin Pilkington and his wife Mary

1901 Living at 248 Liscard Road, Liscard Cheshire: John E. Pilkington (age 40 born Blackburn), Ironmonger and Shopkeeper. With his wife Mary J. Pilkington (age 36 born Blackburn) and their children Beatrice A. Pilkington (age 13 born Liscard), Marguerite Pilkington (age 12 born Liscard), Alexandra L. Pilkington (age 6 born Liscard), and Victor W. Pilkington (age 3 born Liscard).[1]

1911 Living at 248 Liscard Road, Liscard Cheshire: James Edwin Pilkington (age 50 born Blackburn), General Dealer on Own Account. With his wife (married 26 years with four children) Mary Pilkington (age 45 born Blackburn) and their children Beatrice Alice Pilkington (age 24 born Liscard), Marguerite Pilkington (age 22 born Liscard), Alexandra Louise Pilkington (age 15 born Liscard), and Victor Walter Pilkington (age 13 born Liscard).[2]

1918 Joined Leyland Motors

1954 General manager of engineering of Leyland Motors

1963 Resigned from board of Leyland on his retirement[3]

1968 (1966?) March 10th. Died

1948 Bio Notes [4]

Mr. PILKINGTON, Director of Engineering, Leyland Motors, Ltd., was from 1913 to 1918 an apprentice-engineer, at Cammell Laird and Company, Ltd., Birkenhead, entering the R.A.F. in 1918.

He attended Liverpool University, and graduated as Bachelor of Engineering in 1922, the degree of M.Eng. being conferred in 1925.

In 1922 he joined Leyland Motors, Ltd., as assistant warden at the student engineer hostel, later becoming a research assistant. In 1928 he was made assistant chief engineer, becoming in 1933 manager of the engineering department. From 1936 to 1945 Mr. Pilkington was chief engineer and is now the director of engineering.

He is a Member of Council of the Automobile Division and Vice-Chairman of the Research Committee of the Motor Industry Research Association. He is also Deputy-Chairman of the North Western Centre of the Automobile Division.

1966 Obituary [5]

"Mr V. W. Pilkington, MBE (Member), former technical director of Leyland Motors Ltd, died on Thursday, 10th March.

After taking his MEng at Liverpool University, he joined Leyland Motors in 1922 and at an early stage entered the research and development division. From. there he was promoted to Manager of the Engineering Dept, becoming Chief Engineer in 1936. During the 1939-45 war, he was seconded to the Ministry of Supply, and in 1944-45 he made a tour of the USA to investigate transport development. After a short period with Dennis Brothers, he rejoined Leyland Motors in 1952.

Throughout his career, Mr Pilkington always took a deep interest in technical education as a member of the Council of the Harris Institute, Preston, and later as its President. It is with great sorrow the Institution records the death of such a friendly and active Member."

1966 Obituary [6]

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