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H. T. Walker
G. F. Pittar
cathedral. As a member of the committee for rebuilding the nave of
this ancient place of worship he was able to assist materially by his wide
professional knowledge and experience as well as financially. He was also
a member of the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Society of Arts.
To no one at Union Street was the passing of an
old colleague so personal as to J. A. Willmore, who had known him since
his own birth in India at a time when Extone was there as a young man.
From this early friendship had sprung the merger with Cottam and Willmore.
J. A. Willmore had retired in 1901, but now he
returned to take over the chairmanship. J. Gray was appointed to the
Board, retaining the duties of secretary which he had fulfilled for the
foregoing fifteen years.
The Enfield factory continued to grow. In 1925,
an order was placed for a steel-framed covered way, 50 feet wide, to flank
the whole western side of the works. This proved an excellent arrangement
permitting lorries to load and unload under cover and giving protection to
stock material and other stores.
The late summer of 1926, a year remarkable for
the disastrous General Strike, brought two further adjustments on the
Board. H. T. Walker was appointed Joint Managing Director with G. F.
Pittar, and the company's solicitor for the past thirty years, A. L.
Collins, was also elected a director.