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Geoffrey Charles Brindlay Taite

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Geoffrey Charles Brindlay Taite (1881-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

GEOFFREY CHARLES BRINDLEY TAITE, whose death in his seventieth year occurred at Lutterworth, Leicestershire, on 27th January 1951, was a director of Follsain-Wycliffe Foundries, Ltd., Lutterworth, and was formerly chairman and managing director of the Wycliffe Foundry and Engineering Company, Ltd., in the same town. He was educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, and served a brief apprenticeship in the locomotive department of the Taff Vale Railway. He also gained additional practical experience during his college vacations in Russia, Italy, and other countries on the Continent, fitting locomotives with special fuel apparatus. He later obtained an insight into the routine of the principal railway workshops and those of private locomotive builders in the United States. In 1905 Mr. Taite entered the firm of Taite and Carlton, Ltd., as outdoor engineer, and in the same year was promoted to be chief outdoor engineer.

He became chairman and manager of the Wycliffe Foundry three years later, and in this capacity he was responsible for the development and extension of the works; he also installed electric power, rotary melting furnaces, and modernized annealing furnaces, besides equipping a laboratory and machine shop. Mr. Taite's long association with the Institution dated back to 1900 when he was elected a Graduate. He was transferred to Associate Membership in 1908 and to Membership in 1939."

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