Wilson, Reginald Holmes 1905 - 1999

(1905-1999), Ministry of Transport

Reginald Holmes Wilson, born on the 10th July 1905, and educated at London University, led a long career within the transport industry. He started his career as an accountant, however during the early part of the war he was in the Treasury but was soon transferred to the Ministry of Shipping, and later to the Ministry of War Transport, as Director of Finance, with the ultimate rank of Under Secretary.

After the war he returned to the city, where he acted as Financial Adviser to the Ministry of Transport, and was vice-chairman of Hemel Hempstead Development Corporation. Late in 1947 he was invited by Lord Hurcomb to join the British Transport Commission as comptroller, and was made a Member of the Commission in 1953. His wide interest in transport is evidenced by his various writings. He received the infrequent Award of Merit of the Institute of Transport in 1953 and was president of the Institute in 1957/8.

Wilson was chairman, board of Governors for Hospitals for Diseases of the Chest, 1960–71 and National Heart Hospital, 1968–71. He was knighted in 1951. Wilson died on the first of January 1999.