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Carl Albert Holmstrom

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Carl Albert Holmstrom (1861-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

CARL ALBERT HOLMSTROM was born at Horeda, Sweden, on 3rd February 1861.

He received his technical education at the Technical College, Norrkoping, Sweden, on leaving which he was for two and a half years technical instructor at the Practical School of Engineering, Christinehamn.

He came to England in 1886 to enter the drawing office of the Maxim-Nordenfeldt Co., where he brought out in 1889 a semi-automatic gun which had some success.

In 1895 he went to China as technical representative of Messrs. Vickers, Sons and Maxim.

On his return to England in 1901 he joined Messrs. William Beardmore and Co., of Glasgow, as manager of the ordnance department.

In 1905 he entered the firm of Messrs. John Brown and Co., and while there invented a breech mechanism for quick-firing guns.

He was still with this firm at the time of his death, which took place at Epsom on 10th September 1915, in his fifty-fifth year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1892.

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