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Harold Higgins

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Harold Higgins (1885-1943)

1944 Obituary [1]

HAROLD HIGGINS was a director and the secretary of Yorkshire Engineering Supplies, Ltd., bronze founders, Leeds, and was well known in the aircraft and motor industries with which he had formed a long and close association.

He was born in 1885 and after completing his general education obtained his first employment in 1904 as a cashier in the Leeds Savings Bank, a position he retained until 1910. In the following year he began an apprenticeship with Messrs. Wilson Brothers, of Leeds, which was, however, interrupted by his service in the Royal Artillery during the war of 1914-18 and not completed until the latter year. He then began his long connection with Yorkshire Engineering Supplies which lasted for twenty-five years. In addition to his duties as director and secretary, he also acted as general manager.

Other positions he held included those of chairman of Messrs. George Beardsley and Company, Ltd., and a seat on the board of the Castle Grove Masonic Hall Company, Ltd. Mr. Higgins was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1942. He was also a Member of the Institute of Metals. His death occurred in his fifty-eighth year, on 4th November 1943.

1943 Obituary [2]

Mr. Harold Higgins died on November 4, 1943, aged 58 years.

He was, for twenty-five years, Director and Secretary of Yorkshire Engineering Supplies, Ltd., Leeds, and was closely, associated with the motor and aircraft industries, where he was well known and had many friends.

He was also Chairman of Messrs. George Beardsley and Company, Ltd., and a Trustee and Member of Council of the Association of Bronze and Brass Founders. During the last war Mr. Higgins served in the Royal Garrison Artillery.

He had been a member of the Institute of Metals since 1932.

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