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Charles Henry Marsden

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Charles Henry Marsden (1879-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"CHARLES HENRY MARSDEN who died on 31st January 1951 at the age of seventy-two, retained a close connection with engineering in the Manchester district throughout his career, and had held the important position of chief engineer to Rylands and Sons, Ltd., textile manufacturers and warehousemen, for forty-three years. He received his theoretical training in engineering at Salford Royal Technical College and served an apprenticeship with Messrs. Matthews and Yates, Swinton. His first employment was with Messrs. J. Cameron, pump builders, of Salford, after which he spent two years with Browett, Lindley and Company, Ltd., Patricroft. In 1898 he joined the staff of Mather and Platt, Ltd., with which he remained for nine years. During this period he was closely concerned with the installation and erection of large gas engines, high- and low-speed triple-expansion steam engines and a variety of other prime movers. He began his association with Rylands and Sons, Ltd., in 1907 and in his capacity as chief engineer was responsible for the running and maintenance of all plant in three textile mills, and in addition was in control of large machine shops. Mr. Marsden had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1927."

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