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Walter Sydney BARRELL  1891 - 1961 PIONEER    PARENTS    LIFE    NOTES    LABELS    PHOTOS    THANK YOU

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Walter Sydney BARRELL  1891 - 1961

aka Walter Sydney Barrell, Walter S. Barrell, W. S. Barrell, Walter Barrell, W. Barrell
nationality English
occupation engineer
birth .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1891, Tunstall, Plomesgate, Suffolk, UK
baptism
death 1 (or 18?) Jan 1961, Worthington, UK
burial
marriage married on .. July/Aug/Sep 1933, Stow, Suffolk to:
Olive Jane M. BULL

b. 3 Aug 1909, Cosford, Suffolk
d. .. Aug 1995, Gipping and Hartismere, Suffolk


children
  • ..........

PARENTS

father Walter Sutton BARRELL

b. .. Apr/May/June 1868, Samford/Bramford, Suffolk
d. .............

mother Emma SAWYER

b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1869, Eyke/Plomesgate, Suffolk
d. .............

marriage they got married on .. Apr/May/June 1890, ........, Plomesgate, Suffolk
children
  • Walter Sydney

    b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1891, Tunstall, Plomesgate, Suffolk, UK
    d. 1 (or 18?) Jan 1961, Worthington, UK


LIFE


1901 CENSUS (Dorking, Surrey):
Walter BARRELL (34y)
Emma BARRELL (32y)
- Walter Sydney (10y) (b. .. Jan/Feb/Mar 1891, Tunstall, Plomesgate, Suffolk, UK - d. 1 (or 18?) Jan 1961, Worthington, UK



wireless companies (incl. MARCONI)
In 1925 Chief engineer recording department COLUMBIA GRAPHOPHONE CO.

Early in 1926 Reg. (Reginald) Southey (later Director of EMI (Australia) Ltd.) installed the electrical recording system in the newly acquired Milan Studio. In October 1926 Columbia engineers James Clenshaw and Walter S. Barrell made a series of recordings there. In all, they stayed six weeks and recorded among others Eva Turner and Mariano Stabile.
They were staying at the Diana Hotel, where three HMV engineers were also staying (HMV was recording at the Scala Theatre).
(source: "I was there - No. 3" by W. S. Barrell in The Gramophone of Nov. 1958, p. 283)

Home address in 1930: 12 Coombe Gardens

after 1931 HMV/COLUMBIA merger put in charge of engineering department

1946 Director EMI studios


Walter S. BARRELL
QUEEN ELIZABETH
dep.:
arr.: 21 Mar 1947, New York



Walter S. BARRELL
QUEEN MARY
dep.: 24 Sep 1948, Southampton
arr.: 30 Sep 1948, New York
c/o R.C.A. Victor, 155 E. 24th St, New York City, NY



Walter S. BARRELL (58y) engineer
"QUEEN ELIZABETH"
dep.: .. Feb 1949, New York
arr.: 24 Feb 1949, Southampton
Home address: !69 Maida Vale, London W.9



Walter S. BARRELL
MAURETANIA
dep.:
arr.: 14 Oct 1949, New York



Walter S. BARRELL
FRANCONIA
dep.: .. Mar 1951, Liverpool
arr.: 13 Mar 1951, New York



Walter S. BARRELL
MAURETANIA
dep.: .. Apr 1955, Southampton
arr.: 4 May 1955, New York



Walter S. BARRELL
TRANS WORLD AIRLINES
dep.: 30 Aug 1956, London
arr.: 31 Aug 1956, New York

Excerpt from The Gramophone



Barrell retired in late 1957.


NOTES

  • Turn-table Talk. Management Changes at E.M.I. (in: The Gramophone of Feb 1956, p. 57) (online GRAMOPHONE ARCHIVE)
  • I was there - No. 3 by W. S. Barrell (in: The Gramophone of Nov. 1958, p. 283) (online GRAMOPHONE ARCHIVE)
  • W. S. Barrell (in: The Gramophone of Mar 1961, p. 25) (online GRAMOPHONE ARCHIVE)


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