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Ralph Lucas (1876-1955)

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July 1899. Variable speed gear.
July 1899. Variable speed gear.

Ralph Lucas (1876-1955) of Valveless and North-Lucas

1876 Born in Greenwich, the son of Francis Robert Lucas (1849-1931), a Telegraph engineer, and his wife Katherine

1881 Living at Park Lodge, Chorlton next Woolwich: Francis R. Lucas (age 32 born Greenwich), Engineer Telegraph. With his wife Katherine M. Lucas (age 29 born Greenwich)b with their two sons Ralph Lucas (age 5 born Greenwich) and Keith Lucas (age 2 born Greenwich). Two servants.[1]

1903 Became a member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers

Registered 15 UK and 3 US patents between 1899 and 1910 for a range of different engine parts.

1899 to 1908 Produced the Valveless car before moving production to David Brown and Sons

1903 Married to Mary Anderson Juler and they had 2 sons

1911 Living at Redcliff Farm, Wareham, Dorset: Ralph Lucas (age 35 born Greenwich), Consulting Engineer (Motor Cars). With his wife Mary Anderson Lucas (age 28 born Marylebone) and their two sons Anthony Ralph Lucas (age 6 born Blackheath) and Colin Anderson Lucas (age 4 born Blackheath). Two servants.[2]

1922 Developed the North-Lucas Radial car with Oliver North at the Robin Hood Engineering Works, Putney Vale

1955 Died

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Sources of Information

  1. 1881 Census
  2. 1911 Census