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Gerald Walker Crawford

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Gerald Walker Crawford (c1867-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

GERALD WALKER CRAWFORD, whose death occurred in his seventy-fifth year on 9th November 1942, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902 and was transferred to Membership in 1906. He received his technical training at the Heriott Watt College and the College of Science and Technology, Edinburgh, and after serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Brown Brothers, Ltd., from 1883 to 1891, for a brief period was employed as fitter with Messrs. James Bertram, Ltd., of Edinburgh.

From 1894 until 1901 he filled the position of draughtsman in various firms including that of Messrs. Bertram to whom he had returned in 1898. He then went into private practice and also became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Crawford and Cumming, consulting engineers, and in addition was second and subsequently principal lecturer in engineering at the Leith Technical College. In 1914 Mr. Crawford enlisted in the Royal Scots and served in France, being discharged as medically unfit in 1917. Shortly afterwards he was appointed assistant to the chief engineer of the T.N.T. works at Queensferry, Cheshire, where he was in sole charge of the Cottrell precipitating plant, the first of its kind in Europe and for the successful working of which, he was largely responsible.

Ill health supervening, he resigned his position and returned to his consulting practice, but a few years later he dissolved the partnership and practised on his own account as a commercial engineer being chiefly concerned with the sale of motor lubricants. He was also keenly interested in municipal affairs, in which he took an active part.

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