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Albert Ernest Newby

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Albert Ernest Newby (c1878-1949)

1949 Obituary [1]

"WE have learned with regret of the death of Mr. Albert Ernest Newby at his home at 67, Bucklesham Road, Ipswich, on November 18th. He was seventy years old. After serving an apprenticeship with E. R. and F . Turner, Ltd., of Ipswich, Mr. Newby joined the staff of Reavell and Co., Ltd., where for some time he was in charge of the test bed. In the early part of the present century, however, he took up an appointment with another Ipswich firm, Ransomes and Rapier, Ltd., and began an association which continued for many years.

In 1915 Mr. Newby became works manager of Ransomes and Rapier, .Ltd., and five years later was appointed manager, in which position he remained until 1930. In that year Mr. Newby left Ipswich to become personal assistant to Mr. Victor Bone, works director of Ruston-Bucyrus, Ltd., Lincoln. He returned to Ipswich in 1936 as works engineer of E. R. and F . Turner, Ltd., and was subsequently appointed plant engineer, in which position he continued until his retirement a few years ago.

Mr. Newby was keenly interested in engineering education and apprenticeship schemes and for a period lectured regularly at evening classes in Ipswich. He was one of the first members of the Ipswich Engineering Society, which was founded in 1899, and served as its president for two terms, first in 1925 and again in the present year, when he was made an honorary life member. Mr. Newby was also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a past-president of the Eastern Counties section of the Institution of Production Engineers. "

1950 Obituary [2]

"ALBERT ERNEST NEWBY, M.B.E., spent nearly the whole of his engineering career in Ipswich, where he also received his general education, and obtained his theoretical training at the Technical Centre. His apprenticeship was served from 1895 to 1900 at the St. Peter's Works of Messrs. E. R. and F. Turner, milling and general engineers, in whose employment he continued for a further two years, first as a junior draughtsman, and later as assistant in the test house, the control of which was eventually entrusted to him.

In 1902 he joined Messrs. Ransomes and Rapier, Ltd., Ipswich, general engineers, and began a connection which lasted for twenty-seven years. His first position was that of plant assistant and his next that of assistant works manager, which was followed six years later by his promotion to the post of works manager. He left Ipswich in 1930 to become works superintendent to Messrs. Ruston Bucyrus, Ltd., Lincoln, and for the next seven years was closely concerned with the production of excavating machinery. He then renewed his former association with Messrs. Turner on taking up the appointment of development engineer.

Mr. Newby, whose death in his seventy-first year occurred on 18th November 1949, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919, and was transferred to Membership in 1926. In the earlier part of his career he had been on the staff of the Ipswich Education Committee as an assistant teacher, and subsequently acted for some years as instructor, in machine construction and drawing."

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