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John Butler Jones

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John Butler Jones (1870-1937)


1937 Obituary [1]

JOHN BUTLER JONES was assistant engineer at the headquarters of the British Engine Boiler and Electrical Insurance Company, Ltd., Manchester. He was born in Mottram, Cheshire, in 1870, and served his apprenticeship from 1885 to 1891 with Messrs. B. Goodfellow, general engineers, of Hyde, Cheshire. Subsequently he was placed in charge of the erection in various parts of England of steam engines, refrigerators, and other plant made by the firm.

In 1899 he joined the British Engine Boiler and Electrical Insurance Company, and was engaged as a mechanical surveyor in the Oldham district for twenty years. He was then transferred to the firm's head office in Manchester. In addition to his technical duties, he was responsible for the training of new surveyors in the company's work. He was a part-time lecturer in heat engines at Oldham Technical College from 1916 to 1933, and he was also very interested in smoke abatement. He gave series of lectures to firemen on efficient methods of firing boilers, with a view to preventing atmospheric pollution; and he also contributed to the Journal of the National Smoke Abatement Society.

Mr. Jones, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1922, retired only a short period before his death, which occurred on 8th September 1937.


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