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Joseph Alexander Butterworth

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Joseph Alexander Butterworth (c1882-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH ALEXANDER BUTTERWORTH received his technical education from 1898 to 1902 at the Rochdale Technical School, and during the same period served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Tweedales and Smalley, Ltd., of Castleton, and later with Messrs. John Holroyd and Company, Ltd., engineers, of Milnrow. After attending courses in mechanical engineering at the Municipal College of Technology, Manchester, from 1902 to 1905, he returned to Messrs. Holroyd and was employed for three years as a specialist in gear-cutting.

He then joined Messrs. Herbert Morris, Ltd., in the capacity of leading draughtsman, and after a brief period was appointed the firm's resident engineer at Bristol. Subsequently he occupied a similar position at Leeds. In 1911 he was advanced to be assistant chief draughtsman, a post which he held for five years, when he became chief designer in the standards department. After holding similar appointments with various firms in the North he was appointed in 1932 senior draughtsman to Messrs. William Asquith, of Halifax, and two years later was promoted to be chief draughtsman in the Special Machine Department. Mr. Butterworth remained with the firm until the time of his death, which occurred on 15th September 1942 in his sixtieth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1918 and was transferred to Membership in 1935.

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