28 Jul 2002                   

       Husband: William Otto Brash WINKLER    died at age: 57 
          Born: 7 Jul 1895           in Edinburgh  
          Died: 24 Nov 1952          1a  
         Event:                      held wireless transmitting licence 2TF  1
         Event:                      made a cine film on the production and making up of furs  2
         Event: 1943 - 1944 President of Edinburgh Rotary Club  2
         Event: 1951 - 1952 Chairman East of Scotland Rotary  2
         Event: 30 Apr 1924          at The Merchants' Hall Edinburgh  3
     Education:                      Merchiston Castle School  2
    Occupation: 1911                 apprenticed to Meyer - furriers of Hannover, and in Leipzig  4
      Military: 1916                 pilot in Royal Flying Corps  2
      Military: 11 May 1917          shot down near Gavrelle France by Lothar von Richthofen  5
    Occupation:  - 1952 Proprietor Russ & Winkler 132 Princes Street Edinburgh  2
      Military: 16 Dec 1919          Mentioned in Despatches  6
      Military:                      prisoner of war - Bad Strohen  
        Father: Hermann Edward Richard WINKLER 
        Mother: Margaret Fernie BRASH 

          Wife: Jessie Smith BICKERSTAFF     died at age: 65 
          Born: 11 Nov 1892            
          Died: 22 May 1958            

     M Child 1: Richard William WINKLER  Nickname Dick   died at age: 43 
          Born: 22 Nov 1924            
          Died: 9 Dec 1967             
     Education:                      Merchiston Castle School  
        Spouse: Bronwen Mary OWEN  b. 17 Dec 1924  
       Married: 24 Jun 1950            
     M Child 2: Hugh WINKLER  age: 72 
          Born: 4 Jul 1930             
         Event: 1957                 closure of Russ & Winkler furriers of Edinburgh  7
       Resided: 2002                 in Abingdon  
        Spouse: June Rosemary WINTLE  b. 28 May 1932  
       Married: 23 Apr 1955            
The death occurred in Edinburgh yesterday of Mr William Winkler, proprietor of
the Edinburgh firm of Russ & Winkler, furriers.  He was a former president of
Edinburgh Rotary Club and a founder member of 603 (City of Edinburgh)
Squadron, R. Aux. A. F.
Mr Winkler, who was 57, was born in Edinburgh and educated at Merchiston
Castle School.  During the First  World War he was a pilot in the Royal Flying
Corps.  He was shot down in France and was a prisoner of war for two years.
Mr Winkler was interested in radio from its earliest days.  He was one of the
first wireless experimenters in this country and held an early transmitting
licence, with the call sign 2TE.  For many years he was secretary of the
Edinburgh and District Radio Society, and he continued his interest in radio
right up to the beginning of the last war, being a frequent broadcaster on the
amateur waveband.
Cine photography was another of his hobbies, and one of his films dealt with
the production and making up of furs.
Mr Winkler was president of Edinburgh Rotary Club in 1943-44, and was chairman
of the East of Scotland District of Rotary in 1951-52.  He was a member of the
Edinburgh Company of Merchants, of which he was an assistant for a period
during the last war.  For a time he was chairman of the Retail Trades Section
of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and was a member of a delegation which
attended the Johannesburg Convention of 1949.
He joined the well-known firm of Russ & Winkler after the First World War. The
firm had been founded by his father, the late Mr Richard Winkler.  He is
survived by his wife and two sons.(1) Received from W. Winkler Esq., 132 Princes Street, Edinburgh on Permanent 
Loan for Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Museum, subject to the conditions 
stated on the reverse... 
1. W./T. Transmitter No. 1.  W.D. Wireless, Soho W.  No. 1073. 
2. Morse Inker Prov. Pat.  29063/22. 
3. Wavemeter W/T. with valve. 
4. Four Early Radio Valves.
signed:Alex O Curle Director
19th. February, 1931. 
(2) Newspaper. 
(3) Certificate, At Edinburgh the thirtieth day of April in the year One thousand 
nine hundred and twenty-four.  Which day in Presence of William Forrest Esquire 
Lord Dean of Guild of the said City  William Otto Brash Winkler, Manufacturing 
Furrier, 132 Princes Street Compearing is made Burgess and Guild Brother of this 
City in terms of an Act of Council made anent the admission of persons applying 
to be admitted members of the Merchant Company  and he paid his dues [two 
shillings and sixpence] 
(4) Ind, Letter from NW Apr 1975: 'your father [ie William Winkler] lived in 
Hanover for a year when he was 16; he was apprenticed to a firm Meyer furriers, 
& they thought a lot of him'. 
(5) Franks, WINKLER William Otto Braasch  Lieutenant  48 [Sqn] 
An Englishman despite his Germanic name, Winkler was one of the original members 
of 48 Squadron, and was posted to France with this unit on 8 March 1917.  
Although this unit suffered heavily at the hands of Jasta 11 during April and 
May, Winkler had made six claims by 2 May.  During the evening of 11 May he and 
his observer, 2nd Lieutenant E. S. Moore, were shot down near Gavrelle in A7111, 
another Bristol also being lost in this engagement; the two British aircraft 
fell to Leutenant Wilhelm  Allmenroder and Leutenant Lothar von  Richthofen of 
Jasta 11.  Winkler was killed but Moore survived as a  prisoner, returning after 
the war. 
Better information in a later edition,  - but Winkler was NOT killed!  
See also 'Above the Trenches' A Complete Record of the 
Fighter Aces & Units of the British Empire Forces 1915 - 1920 
by Christopher Shores, Norman Franks & Russell Guest, 166. 
(6) London Gazette, The War of 1914-1918 
Royal Air Force 
Lieutenant William Otto Brash Winkler (R.G.A) 
was mentioned in the London Gazette 
dated 16th Decvember 1919 
for gallant and distinguished services.I have it in command from the King to 
record His Majesty's high appreciation of the services rendered. 
signed: Winston S. Churchill 
Secretary of State for Air 
Air Ministry,
London, W.C.2. 
(7) Newspaper, THE SCOTSMAN  Friday May 10 1957 
Russ & Winkler of Princes Street

Another old family business is about to disappear from Princes Street, Edinburgh.  
Russ & Winkler, the manufacturing furriers, who have been established there since 1884, 
have announced that they will be closing down their business at the end of the year. 
Mr Hugh Winkler, one of the principals of the firm, told 'The Scotsman'  "The 
business is closing down because of a change in public demand.  There is not the 
same demand for fur coats of the bespoke type as there was a generation ago." 
The premises at 132 Princes Street have been in the family possession since 
they were bought three generations ago by Mr Winkler's grandfather at a time 
when there were many other family businesses in Princes Street. 
The business soon became famous for the quality of its work, and Mr Richard 
Winkler received a Royal Warrant from Queen Victoria. 
The premises are to be taken over by Fleming, Reid & Co., Ltd., the well-known 
Scottish worsted spinners and knitwear manufacturers of Greenock, who are 
proprietors of the Scotch Wool Stores.  They started off as a Scottish firm in 
the early nineteenth century, and now have 375 branches throughout Britain. 
They will move into the new premises from their present shop two doors away in 
the spring of 1958.  It will give them much superior accommodation, and they 
intend to plan their alterations to accord with the traditional style and 
atmosphere of the famous thoroughfare. "It will be a fine shop," said Mr Andrew 
Pares, the sales promotion manager.  "We are particularly strong in Scotland.  
We have about five branches in Edinburgh and 20 in Glasgow.  but this will be 
our best branch in the country when it is ready.". 

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