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Duncan Burns Campbell (1896-1941)
1943 Obituary 
DUNCAN BURNS CAMPBELL was associated with the manufacture, erection, and maintenance of sugar factory machinery during most of his career and was well known in the industry. He was born in 1896 and served a five years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Alley and MacLellan, Ltd., of Glasgow. From 1916 to 1921 he was employed by Messrs. William Beardmore and Company and for the next two years by the Mirrlees Watson Company.
He then went to Central America as assistant engineer to Messrs. Herrera and Company, cane sugar manufacturers, in Guatemala, and after a year's experience was appointed their chief mechanical engineer, a post which he held for four years, when he became assistant engineer and erector at a cane sugar factory in Portuguese West Africa. For a brief period in 1929 he was draughtsman to the Mirrlees Watson Company, but in the same year he took up an appointment as chief mechanical engineer to a large sugar factory in Peru where he remained for four years.
Experience in India followed from 1934 to 1936 in the capacity of chief mechanical engineer and erector to the Pioneer Sind Sugar Mills Company. In 1937 he joined the staff of Messrs. George Fletcher and Company, Ltd., Derby, as travelling technical representative in the British West Indies and South America. In the spring of 1941 he was on his way to take up an appointment in a sugar factory in Peru when he lost his life on board ship from enemy action. Mr. Campbell contributed several articles to the technical and trade journals, and was also the inventor of certain improvements in machinery used in sugar manufacture.
He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1937.