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George Herbert Henson

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George Herbert Henson (c1880-c1922) of Daimler

1880 Born the son of William Henson (1843-1922), a Farmer, and his wife Mary Jane Carter (1849-1927)

1897 Joined Daimler

1906 April 18th. Married at Warwick to Maud Elizabeth Branson

1907 Became Works Manager at Daimler

1911 Living at Earlsdon Lane, Coventry: George Herbert Henson (age 30 born Burton Hastings, Warwickshire), Works Manager in the Motor Trade. With his wife Maud Elizabeth Henson (age 34 born Old Milverton, Warwickshire) and their daughter Elizabeth Mary Henson (age 3 born Coventry). Also a visitor George Henry Green (age 49 born Alrewas, Staffs.), Manager of a Company - Motor Trade. Two servants.[1]

1920 Awarded OBE. Listed as 'George Herbert Henson, Esq. Works Manager, Daimler Co., Ltd'[2]

1922 June 8th. Died

1921/22 Obituary [3]

George Herbert Henson was born in 1880 at Burton Hastings, near Hinckley, and educated at Hinckley Grammar School and Christ's Hospital.

He then entered the Daimler Company as an engineering pupil in 1897, and his progress in training was so satisfactory that he became Chief Draughtsman in 1902, and was appointed Works Manager five years later at the age of 27. It was a fine achievement and gave promise of an exceptional industrial career, which was well maintained during the period that he retained this important post. Under his works management the factory increased in size enormously, and during the war period his multitudinous responsibilities were such as only those who were works managers during that trying time can fully understand. The heavy and continuous work involved by reorganising and equipping the various departments to suit the ever-changing demands of the Government for cars, aeroplanes, engines, and shells seriously taxed his health and undoubtedly rendered him less able to resist the illness to which he succumbed on June 8th at the age of 42.

As a recognition of his war service, Mr. Henson was given the O.B.E., and none more thoroughly deserved this decoration.

He was elected a Full Member of the Institution in 1912.

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