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Benjamin Bellingham

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Benjamin Bellingham (1868-1932), managing director of J. H. Richards and Co

1932 Obituary [1]

BENJAMIN BELLINGHAM assisted Mr. (now Sir) Dugald Clerk and Mr. C. W. Pinkney in their experimental work on gas-engines and gas-hammers, which led to the production of the "Robson Gas Hammer," the "Soho Gas Engine (Pinkney's Patent)" and the "Clerk Gas Engine."

Born at Dudley in 1868, he was apprenticed, after a month's engagement with Mr. Thomas Smart, engineer, of Dudley, with Messrs. Tangye and Company, and in 1890 became foreman in the gas- and oil-engine department. Later he was appointed head foreman in charge of the erecting and testing departments.

In 1906 he was appointed works manager for Messrs. Kynoch.

Four years later Mr. Bellingham joined Messrs. J. H. Richards and Company of Saltley, Birmingham, and at the time of his death on 30th May 1932 was managing director of the firm.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1907.

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