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Percy Butler

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Percy Butler (1896-1953), director and joint general manager of Bruce Peebles and Co

1953 Obituary [1]

As recorded briefly in our last issue, the death of Mr. Percy Butler occurred at his home in Edinburgh on September 21st. He was a director and joint general manager of Bruce Peebles and Co., Ltd., which company he joined in 1926.

Mr. Butler was born at Normanton, Yorkshire, in 1896, and was educated at Normanton Grammar School and Leeds University.

He obtained practical experience as an engineer with Rhodes and Co., Ltd., and following active service in the first world war, he returned to Leeds University, where he took his B.Sc. degree.

Mr. Butler then joined the transformer design staff of Metropolitan-Vickers Electrical Company, Ltd., at Trafford Park. He was appointed senior transformer designer to Bruce Peebles and Co., Ltd., in 1926, and was promoted to the position of manager of the transformer and rectifier departments in 1943. Last year, Mr. Butler became joint general manager of Bruce Peebles and Co., Ltd., and was elected to the board.

Mr. Butler took a keen interest in all matters concerned with the profession of electrical engineering. He was elected to full membership of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1944, and was chairman of the Scottish centre in 1951-52. Mr. Butler was also a past-president of the Edinburgh Electrical Society and chairman of the Edinburgh Industrial Air Raid Precautions Association.

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