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Percy Tom Runton

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Percy Tom Runton (c1873-1947)


1948 Obituary [1]

"PERCY Tom RUNTON, whose death occurred on 8th July 1947, in his seventy-fourth year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1922. On the conclusion of a five years' apprenticeship at an engineering works in 1896 he was for a brief period assistant to Sir Alfred Gelder. He then went into business on his own account and continued to practise until 1914, when he received a commission in the Territorial Force and was employed as a recruiting officer. Eventually he rose to be a deputy director of recruiting and was demobilized in 1918 with the rank of captain. In that year he became works superintendent to Mr. W. C. Gaunt, of Bradford, and was placed in charge of fourteen mills with responsibility for the plant and control of the personnel. He was also responsible for the reorganization of the mills and all new works. In 1922 Mr. Runton resumed his practice as a consulting engineer and continued in that work in Bradford until his death. In addition his services were retained by a number of textile mills as superintendent engineer."


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