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Percy Reubin Higson

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Percy Reubin Higson (1882-1948)


1949 Obituary [1]

"PERCY REUBEN HIGSON, Wh .Ex. , had a long record of service, extending to fully forty years, with Messrs. Vickers, Ltd., and the successor firm Messrs. Vickers-Armstrongs.

He was born in 1882 and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Yarrow and Company, Ltd., London, from 1898 to 1901, in whose employment he continued as a draughtsman for a further three years. After a course of instruction at the Finsbury Technical College he entered the ordnance drawing office of Messrs. Vickers, Ltd., and began a connection which lasted to the end of his career. In 1908 he was appointed chief designer of automatic submarine mines and two years later he became responsible for the design of machine-guns and light artillery. In 1937 he received his final appointment as chief draughtsman in the machine-gun department of the firm's works at Crayford, Kent. Mr. Higson, whose death occurred on 18th October 1948, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913."


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