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Arthur Robert Hensman

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Arthur Robert Hensman (c1886-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR ROBERT HENSMAN was for many years factory superintendent of Messrs. Crossley Brothers, of Openshaw, Manchester.

He was born at Luton, where he received his technical education. From 1897 to 1904 he served as an apprentice in Messrs. Hayward, Tyler and Company's works and was then employed for a year with Messrs. Alfred Herbert and Company, Coventry.

He joined the Daimler Motor Company as an inspector in 1905, leaving two years later to become head foreman of the electrical fitting shops and stores in Messrs. J. Stone and Company's Deptford works.

In 1910 he took charge of the machine and engine fitting shops at Messrs. Thornycroft's works at Woolston and a year later he went to the Letchworth works of the Heatly-Gresham Engineering Company in a similar capacity.

He again took up motor car work in 1913 and was appointed assistant machine shop superintendent to the Associated Equipment Company, Walthamstow. His connexion with Messrs. Crossley dated from 1916, when he joined as machine shop superintendent, controlling about 1,000 hands.

During the War he reorganized plant and installed machinery for the production of engines for tanks, with an output of thirty per week. In 1920 he was promoted to be factory superintendent.

Mr. Hensman was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1921.

His death occurred on 1st February 1935, in his fifty-second year.

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