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Joseph Howell (1882-1951)

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Joseph Howell (1882-1951)

1882 Born in Bristol

1909-10 Worked for Martins Motors Ltd, London

1910-11 Worked at Thames Ironworks Co; general foreman of motor department where he worked on the Atlas chassis, the Thames chassis and a Postal Motor Service van.

1911 Applied for membership of I Mech E but no recommendation was made.

1912-13 Worked for Messrs Goodacre

1913 Worked for E. Williams, Foundry Lame, Birmingham, designing a small light car which was ready for production by August 1914; production was suspended due to lack of materials in October.

1915 Chief Engineer, Messrs William Goodacre and Sons of Russell Road, London E, when he applied for membership of I Mech E.

1915 Joined Armstrong Whitworth

1952 Obituary [1]

"JOSEPH HOWELL, who was born in 1883, received his education at the Merchant Venturers' College, Bristol. After serving an apprenticeship at the Bristol Wagon and Carriage Works, from 1898 to 1903, he obtained further training with Reavell and Company, Ltd., Ipswich, engineers, and Brazil Straker and Company, Ltd., Bristol. He then held a number of brief appointments with various firms including the Birmingham Small Arms Company, Ltd., for which he acted as chief inspector; the Thames Ironworks Company, Ltd., Greenwich, where he was general foreman in the motor department; and E. Williams, Birmingham, where he was assistant works manager.

From 1914 to 1917 he was head foreman in the heavy shell department of Sir W. G. Armstrong Whitworth and Company, Ltd., Elswick, and for the next three years he was attached to the trench warfare department of the Ministry of Munitions. After serving as works manager to Lindsay, Swan and Hunter, Ltd., Sunderland, from 1920 to 1923 he went into practice as a consulting and inspecting engineer in Bristol and continued in this work until 1940 when he was appointed an assistant inspector of mechanical transport. Finally from 1943 to 1946 he was on the staff of the director of naval construction in the Admiralty at Bath. Mr. Howell was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1916 and transferred to Membership in 1947. His death occurred at Bristol on 14th February 1951."

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