Cary obtained a scholarship and was educated at
Tooting Bec High School, Tooting, London. Studied
briefly at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
Withdrawn from the Sorbonne by his father, who was
prejudiced against university education in general and
against university students in particular.
Employed at His Master's Voice (HMV) gramophone
recording studios in Paris, using early electrical
recording methods from the age of 19. He recorded
some well known celebrities, such as the violinist
Yehudi Menhuin and the light opera singer Jeanette
He later transferred to HMV radio, gramophone and
electrical works in Hayes, Middlesex, in order to avoid
conscription into the French army with the rise of
Hitler and the possibility of the invasion of the
Rhineland demilitarised zone. While working at HMV
in Hayes, he was involved in the development of the
early cathode ray tubes for television, and the design
and manufacture of electrical components and circuitry
for radios and televisions.
In 1940 he was employed at the Telecommunications
Research Establishment (TRE) near Swanage, Dorset until
TRE moved to Malvern in May 1942. Whilst he was at
Swanage he worked on the design and installation of
radar aerials for Chain Home (CH) and possibly for Chain
Home Low (CHL).
From May 1942 until he retired in 1977 or 1978, he
was employed on the design of aerials at TRE in
Malvern. After the Second World Ware was over, he
worked on aerials and radomes for military aircraft
becoming head of a small group at TRE.
He became and Associate Member of the Institute of
Electrical Engineers (AMIEE) in March 1953 and Associate
Member fo the Institute of Radio Engineers (AMIRE) in
July 1953. He was awarded the Member of the
British Empire medal (MBE) for his services during the
war and afterwards in July 1954.
Rex Henry John Cary MBE
13 September 1915 - 4 January 1994.
supplied by Mr R J Cary, son