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James Bernard Hunter (1855-1899)

1899 Obituary [1]

JAMES BERNARD HUNTER was the fifth son of the late Mr. James Hunter, of the firm of Hunter and English, engineers, Bow, and was born at No. 1 Tredegar Place, Bow Road, on the 21st October, 1855.

After being educated at King’s College School, London, he was apprenticed to his father in 1872, and after passing through the usual course of instruction at the Bow Works, he proceeded to the Great Eastern Railway workshops at Stratford as a pupil of William Adams, then locomotive superintendent to that Company. He followed Mr. Adams when the latter became locomotive superintendent at the London and South Western Railway Works, Nine Elms.

After some three years’ valuable experience under Mr. Adams, he returned to Bow in 1880 as Works Manager to Hunter and English, and in 1883 he, on the death of his father, became a partner in the firm.

For the past twenty years Mr. Bernard Hunter was prominently associated with all the work carried out by the firm, of which he ultimately became senior partner. He worthily maintained the reputation that firm has long enjoyed, by his abilities as an engineer, his skill as an organiser, and the high qualities of character which endeared him to a large circle of friends. His death took place at his residence, 13 Elsworthy Road, N.W., on the 21st April, 1899.

As a Student of the Institution, Mr. Hunter was awarded a Miller Prize in 1881 for a Paper on 'Wood-working Machinery as applied to the Manufacture of Railway Carriages and Wagons.'

He was elected an Associate on the 6th December, 1881, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 15th January, 1889.

1899 Obituary [2]

1899 Obituary [3]

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