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Harry Edward Gresham

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Lieut-Col. Harry Edward Gresham (1864-1934), chairman of Gresham and Craven

1934 Obituary [1]

Lieut-Col. Harry Edward Gresham had been chairman of Messrs. Gresham and Craven since 1915 and was also a director of the Vacuum Brake Company, London.

He was born in Manchester in 1864 and received his early education at Bedford County School and later at Tours, France.

In 1880 he became an apprentice at the works of Messrs. Gresham and Craven, and served there until 1887 when he was appointed assistant engineer and representative. He was made a director of the firm in 1901 and fourteen years later became chairman.

He successfully developed and patented a number of inventions in connexion with vacuum brakes, injectors, and steam sanding apparatus, and travelled extensively abroad on the work of the firm.

During the War he served with distinction as Lieutenant-Colonel in the 7th Manchester Regiment in Egypt, Sudan, and Gallipoli, and was invalided home in 1916.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1892.

His death occurred at Bournemouth on 29th November 1933.

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