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Newman Taylor

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Newman Taylor (1873-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"Major NEWMAN TAYLOR, O. B .E. , V. D. (late Royal Engineers), who had spent a considerable amount of his life in India, died at Jersey on 12th April 1939. He was born in 1873, and educated at Cheetham Collegiate School, Manchester. From 1888 to 1894 he was with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., Salford, as a pupil, and the year 1894-5 he spent with the same firm as a draughtsman. For the next three years he was engaged on the erection of hydraulic, electrical, and other machinery for this company. In 1898 he qualified as a marine engineer, and obtained a second and, in 1901, a first class Board of Trade certificate. He continued to serve at sea until 1902, when he was appointed superintending engineer to Messrs. E. D. Sassoon and Company, Bombay. In 1905 he left this company and joined Messrs. Macbeth Brothers and Company, Bombay, as senior assistant. He later became chairman of this company and also of Messrs. Alcock, Ashdown and Company, Ltd., engineers and shipbuilders, Bombay. He was a director of the Josts Engineering Company, Ltd., Bombay. Before the War he served in the Volunteer Defence Corps in India, and on the outbreak of war he was placed in charge of the harbour defences of Bombay. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1907."

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