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Vivian Sanguinetti

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Vivian Sanguinetti (c1877-1946)


1946 Obituary [1]

"VIVIAN SANGUINETTI was educated at Malvern College and received his technical instruction at the Crystal Palace School of engineering and at the Central Technical College, South Kensington. On the termination of his practical training in the shops of the British Paper Company, Ltd., he entered the drawing office of Messrs. Tyler and Ellis, refrigerating engineers, and was subsequently employed in a similar capacity by Messrs. Thomas Middleton and Company, Ltd., general engineers. For nine years he acted as representative in Japan for Messrs. J. and E. Hall, Ltd., refrigerating engineers, Dartford, and for Messrs. W. H. Allen and Company, Ltd., of Bedford. During this period he was personally responsible for negotiations in connection with the export and provision of a wide range of machinery, much of which was for the Imperial Japanese Navy.

In the course of the war of 1914-18, he entered the Labour Supply department of the Ministry of Munitions and received rapid promotion, becoming deputy chief of the London and South Eastern Division and eventually chief dilution officer— a position which entailed duties of an onerous and responsible nature and the supervision of a large staff of engineers. Between the wars Mr. Sanguinetti occupied a number of industrial posts on the labour and management side, and during 1939-45 he was engaged as a labour supply inspector in the Ministry of Labour and National Service, where his tact and organizing ability enabled him to render valuable services in connexion with the supply of labour. As he was an active supporter of the Institution and rarely missed attending its meetings, he was known to a large number of members who will deplore his passing. Mr. Sanguinetti, whose death occurred on 13th December 1945, in his sixty-eighth year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1912."


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