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George Howard Robinson

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George Howard Robinson (1871-1941)

1871 Born at Iver Heath, Bucks

1881-5 Educated at Chertsey Grammar School

1885-7 Educated at Kent County School, Birchington

1887-90 Educated at Technische Machinenbau Schule, Hamburg

1891-6 Apprenticed to Cardigan Engineering Co, Cardigan

1896-1907 Marine engineer with Cunard Steam Ship Co

1907-1908 Chief draughtsman and designer for J. A. Lawton and Co, automobile engineers, 35 Hardman St, Liverpool. Designed engine gearbox and components for the Lawton Chassis

1908-9 Educated at Liverpool Technical College

1909-1914 Works manager in own firm, Bramhall and Robinson of Gt Crosby, Lancs

Designed rotary petrol engine for Universal Motor Co, Brick St, W

WWI Commissioned in RASC; later moved to Tank Corps; subsequently Tank Engineer with the War Office

1915, 1917, 1919 Several patents

1941 Obituary [1]

GEORGE HOWARD ROBINSON received his technical education in Liverpool and at the City and Guilds of London Institute. Subsequently he went to sea and obtained a first-class Board of Trade engineer's certificate. He served his apprenticeship, from 1891 to 1895, in the fitting, machine, and smith's shops, and in the foundry of the Cardigan Engineering Company, South Wales.

After holding appointments as marine engineer to the Cunard Steamship Company, and as draughtsman and designer to Messrs. A. I. Lawton and Company, automobile engineers, he became works manager to the firm of Messrs. Bramhall and Robinson, in which he was a partner.

In 1915 he received a commission in the R.A.S.C. (Mechanical Transport). He was transferred to the Tank Corps in 1917 and was attached to the War Office as Tank Engineer.

After being demobilized, with the rank of Captain, he became chief engineer to Messrs. C. Rymer and Company, automobile engineers. From 1922 to 1926 he was works manager to the Sandon Motor Engineering Company, and was responsible for the repair and maintenance of petrol and steam hoists and lifts. He then became works manager to the Eastern Counties Omnibus Company, and held this position until his retirement in November 1933.

Mr. Robinson was born in 1871, and was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920. His death occurred on 10th August 1940.

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Sources of Information

  • Mechanical Engineer Record