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William Ewart Guy

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William Ewart Guy (1894-1954) of Guy Motors

c1894 Born in Spark Hill, Birmingham[1]

1911 Living in Kings Norton, Isiah Guy 50, commercial traveler in hardware, Emmeline Guy 52, Sydney Slater Guy 26, works manager, motor works, William Ewart Guy 17, engineer's fitter (steam engines), Frank Maudie Guy 14, Frederick Jane Guy 12[2]

1954 Died in Wolverhampton[3]

1954 Obituary [4]

William Ewart Guy had been a director of Guy Motors, Ltd., Wolverhampton, for many years, until his retirement through ill-health in 1951.

His technical education was obtained at Birmingham Technical College, and he served an apprenticeship with H. W. Ward and Company, Ltd., Birmingham, and the Lanchester Motor Company, Birmingham, and was later employed in the drawing offices of the Wolseley Motor Company, Birmingham, and the Standard Motor Company, Ltd., Coventry.

During the 1914-18 war he was a dispatch rider in the Royal Engineers, and just prior to being demobilized was in the Army Service Corps (Mechanical Transport) having risen to the rank of Major.

After leaving the Forces Mr. Guy acted as repairs and service manager, and production manager, with Guy Motors, and later became commercial director; he was also a director of the Sunbeam Trolleybus Company. For fifteen years he was closely associated with the technical administration of the War Office department dealing with mechanization, and with the design, development and production of military vehicles.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1947, and had been a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers since 1942.

His death occurred on 2nd May, 1954, at the age of fifty-six.

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