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James Irvine Hall

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James Irvine Hall (c1904-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

JAMES IRVINE HALL was educated at Birkenhead School and at Liverpool University, where he graduated in engineering in 1925. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons, and Company, of Bedford, from 1925 to 1928, on the conclusion of which, he was employed by the British Thomson Houston Company, Rugby, as erector, later becoming technical assistant to the district engineer at Sheffield; technical engineer in the marine department; and finally contract engineer.

In 1934 he was appointed chief engineer to Messrs. Keball and Kemp, Ltd., Rochdale, woollen manufacturers, with responsibility for the maintenance of the plant in four large mills. Three years later he accepted a similar position with Messrs. T. and A. Naylor, Ltd., Kidderminster. For a brief period during 1939 he served in the R.N.V.R. as sub-lieutenant (E.), but returned to Messrs. Naylor and was engaged in converting and operating plant for the manufacture of service textiles. In 1941 he joined the staff of the Royal Ordnance Factories as personal assistant to the regional engineer, Western District, being a year later made deputy regional engineer at Darlington and shortly before his death becoming regional engineer for the North East.

Mr. Hall, whose untimely death as the result of an accident occurred on 21st December 1944, at the early age of forty, was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1928 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1931.

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