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Sir William Slingo

(1855-1935), Administrator general; Engineer in Chief of General Post Office (1912-1919)

Sitter in 3 portraits

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Sir William Slingo, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x66106

Sir William Slingo

by Walter Stoneman
whole-plate glass negative, 1919
NPG x66106

Sir William Slingo, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x66107

Sir William Slingo

by Walter Stoneman
whole-plate glass negative, 1919
NPG x66107

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Sir William Slingo

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1919
NPG x66108

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Christine Stone nee Lydon

18 July 2019, 21:53

He was my mother's great-grandfather, via his daughter Frances Clara Slingo. He brought his children up in a far more equal manner than was usual for the time, for instance the six children (3 boys and 3 girls) all took turns cooking Sunday dinner. It was actually one of his sons who was postmaster general in Peru. The family line ever since has been very much into global travel, emigrating, and also into electronics and computing.

elliot e. porter

16 March 2017, 03:21

upon taking his job at the GPO, the The Post Office Electrical Engineers' Journal (POEEJ) wrote a profile of him:
"The New Engineer in Chief: William Slingo; pages 5-9,
New Assistant Engineer in Chief: Wilson Noble"
can be found at BTArchives and British Library and Institute of Electronic Tech Library [IET on the Embankment]

Elliot E. Porter

16 March 2017, 03:15

Sir William Slingo was Engineer in Chief of the General Post office from 1 March 1912 to 31 May 1919, when he retired; very important in all the most turbulent period of early wireless telegraphy, including the Marconi Scandal, etc.

Andrew Paul Lydon

23 September 2016, 10:19

I am a descendant of William Slingo on my mother's side. My mother (nee Margaret Anne Owen) has many stories about William. For example, I believe William spent quite a while in some official capacity related to the post office in South America and had something to do with laying telegraph cables in the Caribbean.

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