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Henry Baume

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Heney Baume (c1883-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"HENRY BAUME, O.B.E., was for some years works manager to Messrs. D. Napier and Son, Ltd., Acton, and had had considerable experience of the planning and production of aero engines. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. William Asquith, Ltd., Halifax, tool makers, from 1899 to 1902, and concurrently attended classes at the Halifax Technical School.

He continued in Messrs. Asquith's employment with the charge of the milling and gear-cutting department until 1906 when he joined the Beeston Humber Motor Car Company, Ltd., as machine shop foreman, with which he remained for three years. From 1909 to 1916 he was superintendent of machine shops to Messrs. Arrol Johnston, Ltd., Paisley, for which he was first engaged on motor car manufacture, but later was closely concerned with the production of aero-engines. He was responsible for the layout and equipment of the firm's new factory at Dumfries and was in control of the manufacture and bringing into production of the Beardmore aero-engine. He was then appointed works manager to the Galloway Engineering Co, Dumfries, and continued to be closely engaged with the manufacture of aero-engines. On the conclusion of four years' service as works manager to Messrs. Cubitts, Ltd., Aylesbury, motor-car manufacturers, he began, in 1923, his association with Messrs. D. Napier and Son, with the post of machine shop superintendent. After holding this position for twelve years he was made production engineer, becoming works manager in 1936. Mr. Baume had been a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers since 1918 and was also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. His death occurred in London on 6th February 1951 at the age of sixty-eight."

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