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John Walter Henry Hawes

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John Walter Henry Hawes (c1879-c1943)

1944 Obituary [1]

JOHN WALTER HENRY HAWES after receiving his general education at Blackheath College, studied at the Polytechnic, Regent Street, and then served his apprenticeship with the Windsor Electric Installation Company, from 1896 to 1899. On the completion of a short appointment as shift engineer to the Windsor Electric Light Company in 1901, he was during the next five years successively assistant electrical engineer to Bermondsey Borough Council, chief assistant engineer to Messrs. Tyler and Duncan, and chief assistant in the electrical department of the Whitby District Council.

In 1906 he purchased a partnership in the firm of Messrs. Tayler Smith and Company, Ltd., electrical and mechanical engineers, of Edinburgh, but two years later on the sale of his partnership to the Safety Light Company, Ltd., he was made London manager for that firm. In 1913 he joined Messrs. Wakelins, Ltd., machinists, and was appointed works manager, a position which he held for thirteen years. After experience as sales engineer from 1926 to 1933, Mr. Hawes became a partner in the firm of Messrs. Speedy and Eynon, electrical mechanical engineers, London, and held this position until his retirement in 1939.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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