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Rowland Greenwood

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Rowland Greenwood (1881-1948)


1949 Obituary [1]

"ROWLAND GREENWOOD, whose death occurred on 30th May 1948, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1918 and was transferred to Membership in 1924.

He was born in 1881 and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. J. Challonor and Sons, of Blackpool, and later with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., of Manchester, between the years 1897 and 1902. His services were retained by the latter firm as an erector of textile machinery and his duties as such took him during the next twelve years to almost all parts of the world, including several countries in Europe, India, and South America.

In 1914 he accepted an appointment as works engineer at the cotton mills of Messrs. Morosoff and Sons, in Russia, a concern employing some 21,000 hands. He relinquished this position three years later and returning to England served as an engineer with warrant rank in the Royal Naval Air Service, being placed in charge as instructor of a testing station for internal combustion engines. On demobilization in 1919 he received his final appointment, which was that of chief engineer to Messrs. Carr and Company, Ltd., biscuit manufacturers, Carlisle. He was responsible for the reorganization of the factory, which had a personnel of 2,800, and also for the maintenance of a fleet of motor vehicles numbering some 200. Five years later, however, Mr. Greenwood's health broke down, and he was forced to spend the rest of his life in retirement."


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