Grace's Guide To British Industrial History

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Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

Grace's Guide is the leading source of historical information on industry and manufacturing in Britain. This web publication contains 147,919 pages of information and 233,587 images on early companies, their products and the people who designed and built them.

William Alfred Perkins

From Graces Guide

William Alfred Perkins (1873- ) of Daimler

1896 Built the first Daimler engine in Coventry

1901 Listed as Forman Fitter (Engine).[1]

1911 Living at 67 Widdrington Road, Coventry: William Alfred Perkins (age 38 born Rugby), Marker Off - Machine Shop - Motor Car Co. With his wife Florence Ellen Perkins (age 37 born Rugby) and their four children; Elsie Winfred Perkins (age 11 born Coventry); Kathleen Mary Perkins (age 9 born Coventry); Norman Perkins (age 6 born Coventry); and Leslie Perkins (age 5 born Coventry). Also a boarder.[2]

1946 50 Years Service with Daimler. 'Having completed fifty years' unbroken association with the Daimler Company at Coventry, Mr. William Alfred Perkins is to-day one of the oldest employees remaining in the British motor industry, in which he probably holds the record for the longest continuous period of service in the country. To mark the occasion an interesting event took place at the Daimler Works, where Mr. Perkins received a silver salver from the hands of Mr. George Hally, managing director of the Daimler Company, presented to him by the directors of the company. Mr. Perkins, who is now employed as an inspector in the proof room, was a fitter on first Joining the company, and it was he who built up the first Daimler engine produced in this country. This was a 4 h.p. 2-cylinder model. Among his other activities he is hon. treasurer of the Daimler Long Service Association. This association has a present membership roll of 513, all the members having at least 25 years' service with the Daimler Company, and over 60 of the members have more than 40 years' service.[3]

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Sources of Information

  1. 1901 Census
  2. 1911 Census
  3. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Wednesday 17 July 1946