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John William Carrack

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John William Carrack (1862-1900)

the son of Charles Carrack

of the Hosiery Machine Building Co

1900 Obituary [1]

JOHN WILLIAM CARRACK was born in Leeds on 30th July 1862, being the son of Mr. Charles Carrack, a Member of this Institution.

At seven years of age he removed to Nottingham with his parents, and received his education at the People's College in that city.

From 1875 to 1883 he served his apprenticeship with Messrs. David New and Co., engineers and tool makers, Nottingham, attending the science classes at the Mechanics' Institute in the evenings.

He afterwards worked a short time with Messrs. R. Waygood and Co., London, keeping up his studies at the Birkbeck Institution.

Returning to Nottingham in 1885 he went to work at the Nottingham Hosiery Machine Building Co., where in 1896 he rose to the position of works manager. He invented several improvements in the application of modern tools for the manufacture of hosiery and other fabric machines; and still continued his studies at the Nottingham University, taking many prizes and medals in the examinations.

His death took place at Nottingham from pneumonia after a short illness on 20th March 1900, in the thirty-eighth year of his age.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1899.

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