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John Miller Beattie

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John Miller Beattie (c1874-1950)


1950 Obituary [1]

"JOHN MILLER BEATTIE, O.B.E., retained a close connection with engineering in the Liverpool district throughout his career. He received his early education at the Wallasey Grammar School and his technical instruction at the Liverpool School of Science. His practical training (which extended from 1889 to 1899) was obtained with Messrs. Cochran and Company, Ltd., Annan, Messrs. Clover Clarkton and Company, Birkenhead, and in the works of the Wallasey Corporation's Ferries Department.

From 1889 to 1912 he was in the employment of the Liverpool Salvage Association, being first an assistant and afterwards superintendent engineer. After a brief visit to Melbourne, where he was in business on his own account, he returned to the Liverpool district and took up an appointment as superintendent engineer to the United Grain Elevator Corporation. On the formation of the Ministry of Munitions in 1915 he was entrusted with the layout of a national shell and cartridge case factory in Liverpool, and was later responsible, as general manager, for trebling the output and maintaining very low costs. For these services he received the award of the O.B.E.

After being engaged for some years as consultant to various insurance companies, he became interested in a technical capacity with a firm of Liverpool paint manufacturers. Mr. Beattie had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1919. His death, in his seventy-sixth year, occurred at Great Crosby, Lancs., on 10th March 1950, after a long illness."


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