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George Barr

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George Barr (1882-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE BARR, who died on 27th January 1951, had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1915.

He was born in 1882 and on leaving Merchiston School, Edinburgh, studied for six years at the Heriot-Watt Technical College, where he became a bronze medallist of the City and Guilds of London Engineering College.

On the completion of a five-year apprenticeship with Messrs. James Milne and Sons, Ltd., Edinburgh, passing through the shops and drawing office, he held a series of short engagements with engineering firms in the same city. He then went to Luton where he found employment as draughtsman to Messrs. Hayward and Tyler and Company, hydraulic engineers.

In 1907 he secured an appointment as designer for Messrs. Beck and Company, Ltd., and in the meantime continued his education in engineering subjects at London County Council technical schools. Following an engagement as chief draughtsman to Nobels Explosives Company, Ltd., Pembrey, South Wales, he became superintendent engineer to Messrs. Associated Dyers and Cleaners, Ltd., London, with which he remained for fourteen years until 1935. After acting as chief engineer to Messrs. Thomas Witters and Company, Ltd., Appley Bridge, Lancs., linoleum and paper makers, he took up his final appointment in 1938 as chief engineer to the Albert Products Company, Ltd., Erith, Kent."

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