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John Arthur Thomas Crump

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John Arthur Thomas Crump (c1899-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

JOHN ARTHUR THOMAS CRUMP received his general education at King's School, Chester, and his theoretical training at Oldham Technical College.

He served an apprenticeship with Platt Brothers and Company, Ltd., from 1915 to 1920. This was, however, interrupted by two years' war service in the Royal Naval Air Service. On the conclusion of his practical training he continued in the service of Platt Brothers and Company, Ltd., and was employed on various engineering duties.

After being in business on his own account as a manufacturer of motor cycles, from 1925 to 1930, he held a series of short appointments, including those of foreman in the engineering department of Godfrey Etherton and Company, Ltd., refrigerating engineers, at the Birmingham branch of British Automatic Refrigerators, Ltd., and tool-room foreman to Rolls-Royce, Ltd., Crewe.

In 1941 he joined the Staff of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Ltd., Accrington, as tool-room superintendent, and found time to act as lecturer on machine tools at Accrington and Burnley technical colleges.

Four years later he returned to Birmingham to take up the appointment of methods engineer in the screw department of Guest, Keen and Nettlefold, Ltd. In this capacity he was responsible to the general works manager for a variety of technical services, including the design of special equipment and handling gear.

Finally in 1950 he was appointed works engineer to United Wire Works (Birmingham), Ltd., where he remained until his death which occurred on 30th November 1951 at the age of fifty-two.

Mr. Crump had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1950.

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