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Herbert James Marsh

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Herbert James Marsh (1878-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

HERBERT JAMES MARSH was an authority on tobacco and cigarette-making machinery of all kinds, and since 1934 had been consulting engineer to Messrs. Gallaher, Ltd., tobacco manufacturers, of Belfast; he was concerned with the erection of the firm's new factory and for the installation of the machinery.

He was born in Liverpool in 1878 and served his apprenticeship in the workshops and drawing office of Messrs. Henry Tate and Sons, Ltd., sugar refiners, of Liverpool, from 1894 to 1899. During the next eight years he held junior positions with several general engineering firms, and spent part of the time at sea as fourth engineer. In 1907 he became superintendent engineer to the British American Tobacco Company, Ltd., and took charge of the laying out of the firm's Liverpool factory, after which he took sole charge of the maintenance of all engines and machinery.

He also made several journeys to the Continent and the United States, to test and purchase new machinery. In 1930 he went into business on his own account as a consulting engineer in Liverpool, and amongst his most important work was the building of a large extension to Messrs. Tillotson's printing and card box factory in Liverpool, and the reconditioning of jam factories in Manchester and Slough. In addition his advice was frequently sought by insurance companies in connection with accident claims. After the termination of his engagement as consulting engineer to Messrs. Gallaher, in 1938, he began to practice in Belfast as a consulting engineer, but died a few months later, on 23rd September 1938.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1917.

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