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Byron G. Clark

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Byron George Clark

c.1865 estimated date of birth[1].

1910 Appointed European Director of The United Shoe Machinery Company, a significant U.S. company. Clark's terms of reference were to "Buy or Bust everybody in the shoe machinery business in Europe". Byron accomplished this mission and retired to London in 1920[2].

1911 Living in Hampstead, London, with his son and daughter; director of a foriegn company in small metal goods [3].

1918 Held shares in various companies including British Electro-Chemists. Chairman of the Hubert Eyelet Company[4].

1919 Purchased 640 shares in Plessey Co[5].

1921 Living at Fitzjohns Mansions, Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead[6]. Also during the summer lived at Sulhamstead, Theale, near Reading, and commuted to London. During these journeys, he made friends with Mr Watsham (who owned an electrical contracting business in Covent Garden, London) and Mr McCullum (who worked for Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co).

1921 Introduced his son, Allen George Clark, to William Oscar Heyne, encouraging Heyne to "make an engineer" out of Allen Clark.

1922 Norman De Maid Watsham and A. H. S. MacCallum founded British Radiophone Ltd; Byron Clark seems to have had some connection with this company. Watshams won an order from Marconi for 2 types of crystal set and a valve receiver[7]; the order for crystal sets was sub-contracted to Plessey Co; it is unclear to what extent British Radiophone Ltd was involved in this order.

1923 Helped raise funds for Plessey's move to new premises at Ilford.

1925 Chairman of Plessey Co

1925 13th March, British Radiophone Ltd was placed into voluntary liquidation[8].

1927 Handed over chairmanship of Plessey to Henry Morgan

1946 Died, aged 83, at Birchfield, Middle Green, Langley, Bucks. [9]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census where he was recorded as age 46
  2. A résumé of the history of Plessey, compiled by Hugh Culverhouse
  3. 1911 census
  4. A résumé of the history of Plessey, compiled by Hugh Culverhouse
  5. A résumé of the history of Plessey, compiled by Hugh Culverhouse
  6. 1911 census
  7. Private communication from Noel Clark
  8. London Gazette, 13 March 1925
  9. The Times, Saturday, Jun 01, 1946