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Vere Crewe

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Vere Crewe (1877-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"VERE CREWE, who was born in 1877, received his technical education at the Harris Institute, Preston, and at the Durham College of Science and Rutherford College, Newcastle upon Tyne.

After serving his apprenticeship with the Lytham Shipbuilding and Engineering Co, and with Messrs. Joseph Foster and Sons, Ltd., Soho Foundry, Preston, between 1894 and 1900, he gained further experience in the drawing offices of Messrs. J. M. Holmes and Company, of Newcastle upon Tyne, and Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Company, Ltd., of Preston. From 1902 to 1908 he served at sea, as marine engineer, and obtained an Extra First-class Board of Trade Certificate. On the conclusion of a brief engagement as inspector for Messrs. Thomas Nash and Company, Ltd., of Sheffield, he proceeded to South Africa, where he spent the remainder of his life. On his arrival in that country he was first employed as structural engineer to the New Jagersfontein Mining and Exploration Co, and a year later was appointed resident engineer, becoming chief mechanical and electrical engineer in 1914.

After acting as shift engineer to the Victoria Falls Power Company, Ltd., while the Jagersfontein Mine was closed, for two years, he returned to the latter company, but in 1919 he transferred his services as chief mechanical and electrical engineer to the Smith Mine. Subsequently, he resumed his connection with the New Jagersfontein Co, for whom he continued to act as chief engineer and manager until 1944. Mr. Crewe, whose death occurred on 24th July 1949, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1921."

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