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Harry Parker (c1895-1952)

1953 Obituary [1]

HARRY PARKER was the chief engineer and deputy general manager of Birmingham City Transport and had been in the service of that undertaking throughout his professional career, including his practical training, which he obtained from 1909 to 1912.

After gaining experience as a junior draughtsman he joined H.M. Forces at the outbreak of war in 1914 and was on active service for four years. He then returned to his former post which he held until 1924 when he became senior draughtsman. Two years later he was made assistant maintenance engineer with the charge of over 600 motor omnibuses and, in 1940, was promoted to be chief assistant engineer. This was followed in 1946 by his final appointment as chief engineer.

Mr. Parker was elected an Associate Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1937 and transferred to Membership in 1946. He will be remembered for the services he rendered to the Institution as a member of the Birmingham A.D. Centre Committee from 1948 until his death, which occurred in January 1952 at the age of fifty-seven.

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