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James Burns Dumbell

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James Burns Dumbell (1869-1934), managing director of Turner Manufacturing Co

1869 Born

Educated privately and at the Grammar School, Wolverhampton

1886 Entered the engineering works of Thomas Turner and Co of Wolverhampton where he received his technical education

1894 Was taken into partnership; the works employed 200 people.

Supervised the construction of a large number of automatic machines, including some of his own invention, as well as workers' time recording devices

1902 Works manager and Managing director of Turner's Motor Manufacturing Co, Lever St, making Turner-Miesse touring cars

1907 Proposal for membership of the I Mech E

1911 James Burns Dumbell, motor manufacturer, was living at The Hawthorns, Penn Fields, Wolverhampton with his wife Minnie age 38, Philip Burns age 13, Vera Burns age 11, Cecily Joan Burns age 5, Jean Burns age 3[1]

1934 Died in Wolverhampton[2]

Philip Burns Dumbell later became MD of Turner Manufacturing Co


1934 Obituary [3]

JAMES BURNS DUMBELL, 0.B.E., was joint managing director of Turner's Motor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., of Wolverhampton, which he founded in 1902.

He commenced his apprenticeship in 1886 in the works of Thomas Turner and Company, and served until 1894, when he was taken into partnership, and also acted as works manager. During the next eight years he superintended the manufacture of automatic machines, including a number of his own invention; in addition, the firm manufactured workmen's time recording machines.

After the formation of the Turner Motor Manufacturing Company, Ltd., the parent firm continued to trade separately as Thomas Turner and Company. In addition to his position as joint managing director, he at first also acted as works manager to the firm. In this capacity he was responsible for the construction of the Turner-Miesse touring cars.

In recognition of his efforts during the War to raise money for sending food to prisoners of war, he was awarded the O.B.E. Latterly Mr. Dumbell took a prominent part in municipal affairs.

He died at Tettenhall, Wolverhampton, on 13th September 1934, at the age of 65.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1907.


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Sources of Information

  1. 1911 census
  2. National Probate Calendar
  3. 1934 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  • Mechanical Engineer Records