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John Taylor (1861-1945)
1861 Born 28 February in Edinfield, near Bury
1877 Started work in mechanical engineering
1884 Went into business as Dowson and Taylor of Bolton, pioneers of automatic fire extinguishing system
1888 His firm became Dowson, Taylor and Co of Manchester
1891 Fire Engineer, living in Bolton, with Mary A Taylor 28, Edith Taylor 6, Nellie Taylor 3, Hersie Taylor 8 months
1899 His business was amalgamated with Mather and Platt
1906 Vice-chairman and technical head of Mather and Platt
1929 Member of I Mech E
1942 Retired from Mather and Platt. Ltd.
1945 Obituary 
1946 Obituary 
"JOHN TAYLOR, C.B.E., was associated with the firm of Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., of Manchester, for many years, and since 1906 had been vice-chairman and latterly managing director of the company. After some seven years' practical experience in mechanical engineering he went into business on his own account in 1884 and in partnership with the late Mr. Ralph Dowson established the firm of Messrs. Dowson and Taylor of Bolton, which was the first to introduce the automatic fire-extinguishing system. Subsequently the firm, which since 1888 had carried on business in Manchester under the style of Messrs. Dowson, Taylor and Company, Ltd., was amalgamated with Messrs. Mather and Platt, and in 1906 Mr. Taylor assumed office as vice-chairman and technical head of the newly constituted firm. He was a past-president of the Engineering Club of Manchester and a Member of Council of the British Engineers' Association. Mr. Taylor, whose death occurred on 13th December 1945, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1929."