W.C.E. Orr (Grandfather). In 1916, Ted (as he was known) started working in the Drawing Office of Standard Motor Company. In 1924, he moved to Armstrong Siddeley but returned to Standard’s four years later as their youngest foreman – in charge of Experimental Engine Research. Eight years later, he joined Jaguar Cars Ltd as Works Manager, where he was instrumental in the introduction of the first production lines and production techniques that were the forerunners to the production lines we use today. During the War, he was engaged in the production of trailing edges for Stirling’s and refurbishing Whitly’s, and also worked on the development of the first Meteor Jet engines. Having become Works Director of Jaguar and spending two years on the Board, in 1957 he re-joined Armstrong Siddeley as General Manager. In this capacity, he was responsible for the introduction of the “Star Sapphire” and subsequently for the development and initial production of the “Sunbeam Alpine” made under licence for Rootes.
W.C.E. Orr – Ted retired in December 1967 after 52 years from his role as Executive Assistant to the Managing Director of Rolls Royce Industrial and Marine Engine Division.