Royce was an engineer whose first large commission in 1882 was to install a system of electric street lighting in Liverpool. Two years later he moved to Manchester and established his own electrical engineering firm. With the advent of the automobile he was drawn into this new field and in 1904 produced his first motor car. His early vehicles so impressed the automobile enthusiast C. S. Rolls that the two men entered into partnership in 1906 as Rolls‐Royce Ltd. In the First World War he responded to pleas from the British government by manufacturing the Eagle aeroplane engine, and he went on to design other aero‐engines.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — British History.