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Henry Bath Spencer

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Henry Bath Spencer (c1864-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

HENRY BATH SPENCER, M.B.E., had nearly forty years' experience as a consulting mechanical engineer, specializing in the inspection of machinery and steelwork for contracts placed at home and abroad. He was educated at Mill Hill School and University College, London, and after a two years' pupilage in London with Mr. J. F. Spencer, civil engineer, he became an apprentice in the Bolton works of Messrs. Hick, Hargreaves and Company, and served until 1887. After some further experience as a draughtsman, he went to Rangoon as engineer and saw-mill manager to the Bombay Burma Trading Corporation, Ltd. Two years later he returned to England and was appointed assistant to the managing director and chief engineer of the British Steam Users' Insurance Society, Ltd., of Manchester. He went into business in London on his own account in 1895, and also acted as agent for the Otis Elevator Company and the Blake-Knowles Steam Pump Company. After a brief period as assistant superintendent to the London Hydraulic Power Company, Ltd., he transferred his office to Glasgow in 1901. He was chiefly concerned with the inspection and installation of steelwork and machinery for Egyptian contracts during the six years preceding the War, and he was occupied for a year as resident engineer at Kharga Oasis, in charge of well-boring operations for the Corporation of Western Egypt. During the War he was attached to the Inspection Department of the Ministry of Munitions, and was awarded the M.B.E. for his, services. He recommenced his consulting work in 1920 and was chiefly engaged on inspection work in Central Europe, and for the Egyptian Government. In 1927 he joined Cellactite and British Uralite, Ltd., as works manager, and held this position until his retirement in 1934. Mr. Spencer's death occurred in London on 10th May 1937, in his seventy-third year.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1892.

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