1913-15: James Sidney Critchley

1913-15: James Sidney Critchley

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Biography Col Sir Capel Holden was elected President for the Session 1914-15 and again for the Session 1915-16, but owing to his duties at the War Office could not take up the position and so Critchley remained in office till the re-election of Legros in 1916.

1943/44 IAE Obituary:
Critchley was born in 1865 and educated at Bradford Grammar School.

He served articles with J. Waugh, of Bradford, and Thomas Green and Sons, Leeds, and later specialized in the design and construction of factory plant and machinery.

In 1896 he was appointed the first Manager of the Daimler Motor Co.'s works at Coventry. Relinquishing his post as Works Manager in 1901, he became a Director of the Company and also Technical Adviser to the British Electric Traction Company.

After the last war, during which he was Chief Inspector of M.T., he carried on his own practice as a Consulting Engineer up to the time of his death.

He died on 19th October, 1944, at the age of 79. He designed the original Crossley car and the Critchley-Norris commercial vehicle.

He was co-founder, with F. R. Simms, of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and a founder member of the Royal Automobile Club. He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1907 and was President for the Session 1913-14. Further details of his career were published in the Journal for December, 1944.