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Walter Frank Higgs

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1937. Bio Note.

Walter Frank Higgs (1886-1961), Founder and formerly chairman of Higgs Motors.

1902-6 Apprentice with Duckett and Brown

1906-7 With GEC, Witton

1908 With Electric Construction Co

1909 With BTH Rugby

1910-12 Electrical Power Engineering Co, Stechford

1912 Higgs Brothers Motors and Dynamos, Birmingham

1919 Joined the Institution of Mechanical Engineers

1937 Bio Note [1]

HIGGS, Councillor Walter Frank; b. 1886, at Kidderminster; s. of Charles Higgs. Educ. Birmingham Technical School. Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers; Associate of the American Institution of Electrical Engineers; served with the General Electric Co., Ltd., the British Thomson-Houston Co., Ltd., the Electric Construction Co., Ltd., and others; founder and Governing Director of Higgs Motors, Ltd., Witton, Birmingham, 6. City Councillor, 1934 (Edgbaston Ward); Member of Finance and Gas Committees President Birmingham Rotary Club, 1932; President Birmingham Business Club, 1933-35; President Birmingham Round Table, 1933-1934; m. Cecilia Elizabeth, d. of John Scott Yeoman, 1921; two s. Recreations: Yachting, walking. Clubs The Union, Rotary, North Wales Cruising. Address: 8, Meadow Road, Edgbaston.

1961 Obituary [2]

'We regret to record the death of Mr. Walter Higgs, which occurred on August 8. Walter Frank Higgs was born at Kidderminster on April 7, 1886. He was educated at Birmingham Technical School, and then went into the electrical industry, gaining experience with the General Electric Company, the British Thomson-Houston Company, the Electric Construction Company, and others.

In 1912, Walter Higgs and his brother founded a small company to manufacture electric motors. This concern he built up from employing a total staff of seven to the present well-known Higgs Motors, Ltd., Witton, Birmingham. He was a member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers and a life governor of Birmingham University. In addition he took a keen interest in both local and national politics, serving on Birmingham City Council from 1934 and 1937, and as a Member of Parliament from 1937 and 1945.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1937-8 Birmingham Year Book
  2. The Engineer 1961/08/18, p270.
  • Mechanical Engineer records