William Tritton Inventor

Sir William Ashbee Tritton, M.I.Mech.E., J.P. (born 1875, London; died September 1946, Lincoln) was an expert in agricultural machinery, and was directly involved, together with Major Walter Gordon Wilson, in the development of the tank. Early in the First World War he was asked to produce designs for caterpillar tracked tractors for moving naval guns, the result being eventually the first modern tanks. He was the son of a London stockbroker, educated at Christ's College Finchley and King's College London. In 1906 he joined William Foster & Co. Ltd in Lincoln, and from 1911 until 1939, he was chairman of the company, after which he became managing director. In 1916 he married Isobel Grahame Gillies. He was knighted in 1917. He died in Lincoln aged 70 in September 1946. Tritton Road in Lincoln is named after him and a blue plaque is located at the entrance of a supermarket at the northern end of the road around the site of the original factories.

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Date of birth
United Kingdom
Date of death
1946 at age of 71
Places lived
London , United Kingdom
pop. 8,308,000 (2013)


1. King's College London Colleges/University

King's College London (informally King's or KCL) is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom, and a constituent college of the federal University of London. King's has a claim to being the third-oldest university in England, having been founded by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington in 1829, receiving its royal charter in the same year. In 1836 King's became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London.

Type Public university
2013. 154 mil. £
2012. 131 mil. £
2010. 115 mil. £
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Strand, WC2R 2LS - London, United Kingdom
2012. 14,997
2010. 12,320
2012. 10,190
2010. 6,310
Local tuition
2013. 9 K £
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