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James Butler (1875-1925)
1925 Obituary 
JAMES BUTLER was born at Loddon, in Norfolk, on 23rd February 1875, and received his school education at Cranleigh College and at the Grammar School, Ealing.
He served his apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Woodhouse and Rawson, Ltd., in Durban, Natal, gaining valuable training in both mechanical and electrical engineering.
In 1895, after spending a few years as assistant-engineer with Messrs. Reynolds Brothers, Ltd., and with the Natal Government Railways, he was appointed manager of the General Electric Co. at Newcastle, Natal.
The next six years were spent with Messrs. Jenkins and Co., Durban, and other local firms, and in 1912 he was appointed chief engineer in the Natal area for the firm of Messrs. Stewarts and Lloyds (South Africa), Ltd., a position he held for some years.
Later on, in 1922, he joined the firm of Messrs. H. Incledon and Co., Ltd., Durban, as engineer, and as such he acted up to the time of his deaths, which occurred in Durban on 7th March 1925.
He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1920.