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Walter Higginbotham

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Major Walter Higinbotham (1869-1923)


1923 Obituary [1]

Major WALTER HIGGINBOTHAM, late R.A.F., was born at Giffnock in 1869, and was educated at Harrow, and at the Glasgow Technical College both during and after his apprenticeship.

The latter was served from 1887 to 1893 at the Fairfield Shipbuilding and Engineering Co., Govan, Glasgow, and then he went to sea for two years, returning to the drawing office at the Fairfield Co.

Subsequently he became draughtsman with Messrs. Vickers, Sons and Maxim, and the Mirrlees Watson Co., rising to Chief Draughtsman with departmental charge.

In 1904 he went to Rangoon as general Manager at the works of Messrs. Bulloch Bros., and seven years later he was appointed General Manager to Messrs. Hick Hargreaves and Co., Bolton, which post he held until he joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1915, becoming Inspector of Aircraft.

Later he was transferred to the Royal Air Force with the rank of Major, and was demobilized in October 1919.

He then became Manager of the largest Government Instructional Factory in the kingdom for the training of demobilized sailors and soldiers at Cathcart, where he worked until his sudden death on 5th February 1923, at the age of fifty-three.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1912.



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