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George William Brown (1884-1951)

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George William Brown (1884-1951)

1952 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE WILLIAM BROWN, whose death in his sixty-seventh year occurred on 5th January 1951, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1918 and transferred to Membership in 1932. He was educated at technical schools in Gainsborough, where he also served his apprenticeship with Marshall, Sons and Company, Ltd., engineers, from 1899 to 1907; this company retained his services as productive supervisor for a further three years. He then joined Mather and Platt, Ltd., Manchester, where he was first engaged as production manager of the central pump department and afterwards as standardizes and assistant organizer. In 1914 he became works manager to F. Wigglesworth and Company, Ltd., Shipley, Yorks. Three years later he secured a similar appointment with Musgrave and Company, Ltd., Belfast, but left the firm in 1923 to take over the duties of representative in Ireland for Alfred Herbert, Ltd., Coventry, machine tool makers. He returned to Wigglesworth and Company in 1925, and continued to serve in his former capacity until 1928 when he took up a temporary appointment as superintendent to Crane-Bennett, Ltd., Ipswich, sanitary and heating engineers. In the following year he began a connexion with the Austin Motor Company, Ltd., Birmingham, which lasted for twelve years. During this period he held in succession the positions of superintendent of the press shop, foundry manager, and manager with control of between 2,000 and 3,000 employees. More recently he had been associated with Butlers, Ltd., Atlantic Works, Birmingham.

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