Sir William Guy Granet Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Small group of letters to, 1897-1943; files re work as Director General of Movements & Railways in Great War.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Guy Granet (1867-1943) was Secretary of the Railway Companies' Association, 1900-5, General Manager of the Midland Railway Co., 1906-18, a member of the Royal Commission on the Civil Service, 1912-14, Controller of Import Restrictions, 1915, Deputy Director-General, then Director-General, of Military Railways, 1916, Director-General of Movements and Railways, 1917, Chairman of the British and Allied Provisions Commission, and representative of the Ministry of Food in the USA and Canada, 1918. He became Chairman of the Midland Railway Board in 1922, and was chairman of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway from 1924-7. Also a member of several boards of directors, including that of The Times, Granet was knighted in 1911 and created a GBE in 1923.

Reference: Harold Hartley, Dictionary of National Biography, 1941-1950 (London, 1959)

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

An authority file exists for Sir William Guy Granet (GB 152 AAR0937).

Custodial History

The papers were deposited with the Centre in 1978 by Granet's grand-daughter, Mrs. David Yorke.