- A founding member of BMFC.
- He had a model aeroplane shop at 171 New Kent Road, London, S.E.
See a copy of the store catalogue - 'The Green Book 1939'
How Britain won the Wakefield Trophy
The team of six modellists which went to America has,
already announced in Flight, brought back the Lord
Wakefield International Trophy...............
The team was taken to America by Mr. B.K. Johnson, Mr. J.C.
Smith and Mr. H. York, vice-chairman, competition
secretary and press secretary respectively of the S.M.A.E.
['Flight' magazine - pg.170, 6th Aug 1936]
S.M.A.E Annual General Meeting
The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Model Aeroplane
Engineers, held on March 24, marked the conclusion of the
first year under the new constitution. The year was aptly
described by Mr. E.F.H. Cosh, the hon. secretary, as
the most momentous in the Society's history. The scheme
under which it became a federation of local clubs had
greatly increased its prestige and its effectiveness as the
body governing model aeronautics in Great Britain. Thirty-one
clubs had become affiliated, and numerous applications were
The outstanding event was sending of a
Wakefield team to America and the retrieving of the
Wakefield Cup by Mr. Judge. This had been made possible by
generous donations from Lord Wakefield and other good
friends of model aeronautics, to whom the Society desired to
express its gratitude.
The system of holding certain competitions
simultaneously on the affiliated club's grounds had resulted
in more numerous entries. Certain difficulties had still to
be overcome, but there was every reason to anticipate still
greater success in 1937.
The following officers were elected :
President, Dr. A.P. Thurston; vice-presidents, the Duke of
Richmond and Gordon, Messrs. A.F. Houlberg, G. Geoffrey
Smith, M.B.E.; W.E. Evans, B.K. Johnson, Capt. C.E. Brown;
chairman, Mr.A.F. Houlberg; vice-chairman, Mr. H.J.Hawkins;
hon. secretary, Mr. E.F.H. Cosh; hon. treasurer, Mr. H.J.
Hawkins; competition secretary, Mr. J.C. Smith; Press
secretary, Mr. H. York; technical secretary, Mr. R.N.
Bullock. Messrs. B.K. Johnson and W.E. Evans were released
from office, and made vice-presidents in appreciation of
their valuable services over many years.
['Flight' magazine - pg.490, 13th May 1937]
- Model Engineers Council
The officers of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers
have been elected by ballot and the Council consists of the
Chairman : Mr. A.F. Houlberg, Fellow and Oxford.
Vice Chairman : Mr. C.A. Rippon, Fellow and Northern
Hon. Secretary : Mr. D.A. Gordon, West Essex.
Hon. Treasurer : Mr. L.J. Hawkins, Fellow and
Hon. Comp. Secretary : Mr. H.R. Turner, Northern
Hon. Technical Sec. : Mr. G.W.W. Harris, Farnborough, Hants.
Hon. Press Sec. : Mr. H. York, Fellow and Blackheath.
Hon. Records Officer : Mr. C.S. Rushbrooke, Fellow and
The Area Councils now administer a total of 147 clubs
divided up as follows :
London area, 60; North-Western area, 31; Midland area, 19,
Northern area, 15; North-Eastern area, 4; South-Eastern
area, 9; South Wales area, 9;.
Thus there are now seven fully constituted Areas so that the
Council will consist of 15 members gathered from widely
separated parts, which will give better representation than
['Flight' magazine - pg.131, 29th Jan 1948]
Harry York & Eddy Keil
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