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Henry Joseph Butter

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Henry Joseph Butter (1835-1914)

1914 Obituary [1]

HENRY JOSEPH BUTTER, born at Plumstead in 1835, died in London on the 9th November, 1914.

He was apprenticed at Woolwich Dockyard in 1850, and was transferred to the Royal Carriage Department, Woolwich Arsenal, in 1856, as Chief Draughtsman.

In 1868 he was promoted Constructor, and in 1873 he became Manager of the Department, retaining this position until 1890, when he was obliged to retire owing to injuries sustained in an accident which occurred during his work. Under his management the department underwent considerable development, iron and steel supplanted wood in construction, and machinery for working heavy guns was introduced.

Mr. Butter invented many improvements in gun-mountings, especially the hydraulic recoil cylinder, and organized the corps for the maintenance and inspection of ordnance machinery.

Mr. Butter was elected a Member of The Institution on the 5th April, 1881.

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