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James Hunter (1871-1920)

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James Hunter (1871-1920)

1921 Obituary [1]

JAMES HUNTER was born at Oakbank, Midlothian, on 4th February 1871.

His early education was received at a local school, and in 1884 he became an apprentice fitter at the works of Henry Balfour and Co., Ltd., Leven, Fife, and remained in their employment until 1894.

During the next six years he acted as marine engineer with the British India S. N. Co., subsequently obtaining a 1st Class Engineer's Certificate.

In 1899 he re-entered the employment of H. Balfour and Co., as draughtsman, becoming chief draughtsman in 1903, which post he held until 1912, when he was appointed works manager.

In 1919 he was appointed General Manager, holding the position until his death, which took place at Leven on 9th June, 1920, at the age of forty-nine.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1917.

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