George Coleman, journeyman butcher
Sarah A, 47, wife, b Suffolk
Charlotte, 37, sister
Philip Willingham, boarder, 23, solicitor’s clerk, b London
Charles J Bode, lodger, 74, reader university press, b London
Sophia Bode, 62, b Kent
Charles Crosby, lodger, 49, tutor, b Notts
George Coleman, 61, widower, journeyman butcher, b Cherry Hinton
Charlotte, sister, 47, housekeeper, b Herts
Daniel Henry Shepherd, 22, clerk engineering department Post Office, b Beds.
William Henry Nobbs, boarder, 26, clerk, school of agriculture Cambridge University, b Cambridge
Thomas Allen White Robinson, boarder, 24, manager scientific instrument maker, b Cambridge
Thomas White-Robinson served his apprenticeship with W. G. Pye & Co., the well-known Cambridge electrical, radio and television manufacturers. Following completion of his apprenticeship, Thomas left the company but re-joined in 1911 as Works Manager and was made a partner in 1919. Towards the end of 1920, George Caedel, who oversaw the electrical department at the company, made a wireless set, and it was this single event that gave Thomas the inspiration of breaking into an exciting new field, shortly after making what could truly be described as the first Pye wireless. Thomas went on to be a leading member of the PYE management team and, with Ernie Root, takes the credit for introducing the famous PYE “Rising Sun” motif on loudspeaker cabinets. In 1928 the radio side of W. G. Pye was bought from the Pye family by Charles Orr Stanley, registering Pye Radio Ltd. As a PLC on 12 February 1929. Pye Radio eventually took over the whole of the factory site, an area of 57,000 sq. ft. eventually increasing this to 80,000 to accommodate new machinery. The negotiations for all of this provided the opportunity for Thomas to join the new company as a Director. For a more complete history of Thomas’ time at Pye’s, please read “Radio Man: The Rise and Fall of C. O. Stanley” by Mark Frankland or “The Story of Pye Wireless” by Gordon Bussey, a member of the PYE history group.
George Coleman, agent
Daniel Henry Shepherd
Frank Michael Kirkup
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