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Sir JOHN ARDRON C.B. RETIRES FROM THE POST OFFICE

 

SHEFFIELD DAILY TELEGRAPH, MONDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1906, PAGE 10

 RETIREMENT OF A PROMINENT POST OFFICE OFFICIAL.

Sir John Ardron, C.B., sen., assistant secretary to the Post Office, retires to-day after nearly 43 years service at St. Martinís-le-Grand, and the Department will thus lose one of its chief officials, who has been especially connected with the important branch of service dealing with telegraph work. Born at Queniborough, Leicestershire, in 1843, Mr. Ardron began his career at the General Post Office in 1864. He has been identified with the progress and marvellous organisation of the telegraph service of the country ever since it was taken over from the Private Electric Telegraph Companies in February, 1870. He now leaves when it may claim, with some justification, to be the finest telegraph service in the world. As an illustration of the great work dealt with, we may mention that, apart from the United States, it handles more than twice the number of any two other countries together. The association of Mr. Ardron, a tactful and unfailingly courteous official, with those who have represented the Press of this country, has been of a mutually pleasant nature, and he has personally met many of the most distinguished of them. Since 1870 there has necessarily been an enormous development of Press work, and journalists will gladly recognise that it has been Mr. Ardronís object to accord the Press every facility consistent with the interests of the service, as well as to investigate thoroughly, and meet every reasonable ground for complaint.
Latterly Mr. Ardron has been, assistant secretary for telephones, and foreign and wireless telegraphs, the one a rapidly expanding service, and the other full of possibilities of developments. In 1903, when the International Telegraph Conference met in London, Mr. Ardron occupied the chair. The Companionage of the Bath was conferred upon him last year, and he has also received from the King of Denmark the Commandership of the Order of the Dannebrog.
A very large number of friends will wish Mr. Ardron to enjoy his well-earned retirement after such a long and honourable career.