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Harold Clyde Amos

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Harold Clyde Amos (1876-1940)

Mr H. C. Amos of 22, Martin-lane, Cannon-street, London, E.C.4. (1926).

1926 From April 1st he acquired, the business established by his brother Mr E. C. Amos in 1888, with plans to carry it on in his own name. Mr H. C. Amos continued the London representation of several British machine tool and other manufacturers with which he had been connected with for many years.[1]

1940 Obituary [2]

HAROLD CLYDE AMOS was born in 1876 and received his education at Central Hill College, Upper Norwood, and in the engineering department of the Birkbeck Institute, London. From 1892 to 1895 he served a pupilage with his elder brother, Mr. E. C. Amos, M.I.Mech.E., mechanical and consulting engineer, of Queen Victoria Street, London, and became his chief engineering assistant. During the latter part of 1895 he was employed by Messrs. Summers Scott, of Gloucester, and during 1896-7 he was assistant to Mr. M. Holroyd Smith, M.I.Mech.E., in the design of motor cars.

He then returned to consulting work, and from 1902 he was principal assistant to his brother, Mr. E. C. Amos. During a period of the war of 1914-18 he was engaged by Messrs. Frederick Pollard and Company, Ltd., machine tool makers, of Leicester, as their technical representative in London. He was particularly concerned with negotiations for the adaptation of Messrs. Pollard's products to meet the needs of Government factories and other works producing war material in the London area. In 1920, owing to his brother's failing health, he assumed full responsibility in the management of his consulting practice, and six years later he acquired under deed the goodwill and assets of the business, after which it was continued under his own name.

As proprietor of the business, he was responsible for negotiating the sale of engineering plant, manufactured by various well-known firms in the provinces, to users in the London district; his work often involved technical advice on methods of manufacture, supervision of installation, and reports on performance. In addition Mr. Amos was a director of Messrs. Samuelson and Company, Ltd., of Banbury, blower manufacturers, and was London representative (for export business) of the Consolidated Pneumatic Tool Company, Ltd. His death occurred on 4th May 1940.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902, and was transferred to Membership in 1928.

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