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Charles James Stucke

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Charles James Stucke (1874-1946)


1946 Obituary [1]

CHARLES JAMES STUCKE, Wh.Ex., was born in 1874 and received his technical education (which extended over nine years), at the Royal Arsenal Technical Institute, finally winning a Whitworth Exhibition. On the termination of a six years' apprenticeship in 1894 at the Royal Arsenal, he was successively employed as a gauge and tool maker, and also as a journeyman mechanic by various engineering firms in the London area, and at the Royal Gun Factory, Woolwich.

From 1900 to 1914 he was foreman in the latter department, and during the next eight years acted as departmental chief rate-fixer. He was then promoted to be chief rate-fixer, with responsibility for the laying out of processes and with the control of a large staff, including fifty engineers. In 1929 he received an appointment at the War Office as technical assistant to the director of ordnance factories, where he remained until 1940, when he obtained a post as deputy director in the Ministry of Supply.

Finally, on reaching the age limit, he became associated with the Climax Rock Drill Company, Ltd. Mr. Stucke, whose death occurred on 18th April 1946, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1930.


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