CAMINER, David Treisman, OBE. (1915-2008) Born 26 June 1915 in South Hackney, London of Henry Jack Treisman and Rachel (née Simmons). Joined Lyons in 1936 as a Management Trainee and after a statutory period of learning Lyons’ methods was put to work on improving Management Accounts. During World War II he served with the Green Howards as part of the British 8th Army in North Africa, where he was badly wounded, losing a leg during the attack on the Mareth line in Tunisia in March 1943. After recovering from his wounds he returned to Lyons as Manager of the Systems Research Office in 1944. With his meticulous attention to detail he was responsible for the programming team and system specifications for the LEO computer and, undoubtedly, it was his groundwork in office procedures which helped to make the early computer programs so successful. Appointed Director Leo Computers Limited on 9 June 1959.
He transferred to English Electric Leo Computers Limited as General Sales Manager when English Electric and Leo Computers merged. English Electric Leo Computers Limited eventually merged with ICT to form International Computers Ltd (ICL) and David Caminer transferred to them as a Senior Executive. In 1981 he was awarded the OBE for his work and direction in the installation of a large ICL computer system in the European Commission Offices in Luxembourg. David Caminer co-wrote, and edited, User–Driven Innovation (McGraw-Hill 1996) with John Aris, Peter Hermon and Frank Land. His name is listed as David Tresman Caminer in this publication. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree by the University of Middlesex on 5 July 2006, when 90 years of age, for his contribution to business applications; helping to invent systems and software concepts which transformed business methods of managing data. The School of Computing Science at the Middlesex University undertakes leading research on such issues and that is the reason why David Caminer was honoured. He was the last of the original visionary software designers and based his designs largely on Lyons’ meticulous clerical systems.
David married Jackie Lewis on 22 July 1945 and there were three children of the marriage. The eldest was Hilary (b.1946) who became Assistant Director of the Open University, Lesley (b. 1947) who became a musician, and Matthew (b. 1951) who in 2006 was working for a pharmaceutical company.
David’s father was killed in the First World War on 26 May 1918 while serving as a Lance Corporal with the 2nd Bn. West Yorkshire (Prince of Wales’ Own) Regiment. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his parents as Lewis and Annie Triesman (alternative spelling) and the husband of Raie Triesman of 171a Mare Street, Hackney. He is buried in Chambrecy British Cemetery, 19 kilometres west of Rheims, France. As a result of this tragedy David Caminer’s mother could not afford the benefit of higher education for her son and so David started work early in life to provide for the family. His mother eventually remarried and had a further child (a daughter). Before he was ‘called to the flag’ David was a keen football player and enjoyed cricket. He was a lover of music and attended many concerts with his wife. In later life he suffered from kidney failure and received dialysis treatment twice per week for 10 years. He died peacefully at home on, 19 June 2008, after requesting himself that his dialysis be stopped. His funeral took place on 24 June 2008 in the West Chapel, Golders Green Crematorium. He is survived by his wife Jackie and children.
William Arthur (1886-1968) was a 22 year old
engineer of a wrapping machine manufacturer when he
visited Cadby Hall to help install equipment in
1908. He was offered a job and stayed with the
Company all his working life. In his early years he
was closely associated with the tea and coffee
packing departments, which then were located at
Cadby Hall. His gifts of invention found scope in
the development of the Tea Packing Plant, which was
converted under his guidance from hand to machine
operation. Later he became identified with the
development of the Ice Cream, Refrigeration, Bakery
and Kitchen Departments in which he showed great
resource and skill. His work in the ice cream
factory made it one of the largest, most efficient
plants in Europe. After the war when Lyons bought
Walker's Dairies in Liverpool, he was responsible
for its modernisation and re-equipping. His best
known invention was the Coyte machine for making
He was appointed Joint Chief Engineer in December
1946 and made an Employee Director at the same
time. At his retirement party given at the Regent
Palace Hotel in September 1951 Frank Jacobs, the
famous cake maker at Lyons, designed a cake in the
form of a cog wheel. He retired to Torquay and died
on 19 July 1968 aged 82.
Cecil A. (1901-1985) was employed by Lyons for 45
years during which time he was associated with the
tea and coffee side of the business. He was born on
8 February 1904 and joined the Tea Department in
1923 as a trainee tea taster. Four years later he
moved on to become manager of the Coffee Buying
Department, a post he held for 17 years. After the
war he was appointed manager of the Tea and Coffee
Buying Department. He was made an Employee Director
on 11 September 1952 and an Ordinary Director in
1967 as well as being a Director of Overseas
Trading Corporation, Jersey. He paid a prominent
part in the tea industry. In 1945 he joined the
Ministry of Food's Tea Distribution Committee,
remaining a member for the seven years of its
existence. He was twice president of the Tea
Buyers' Association, and deputy chairman of the Tea
Trade Committee, of which he was an early member.
He was also treasurer of the Tea Trade of London
Benevolent Society, a founder member of the Coffee
Essence Manufacturers Association in 1942 and a
member of its committee in 1945-6. Mr
Crosslé held posts outside the industry.
From 1948 to 1951 he was deputy chairman of the
London Electricity Consultative Council and in 1955
was elected to the council of the London Chamber of
Commerce. His private activities included fishing,
pistol and rifle shooting, photography and flying.
He took up flying at an unusually late age and
became so proficient that, in 1967, he won the West
London Aero Club's Pilot of the Year award. His
colleague held a retirement dinner for him at the
Belvedere Restaurant on 26 June 1969. He died on 6
November 1985 aged