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Arthur James Gimson

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Arthur James Gimson (1853-1911) of Gimson and Co

c1854 Born the son of Josiah Gimson and his wife Sarah

1879 Arthur James Gimson marries Alice Maud Plant [1]

1901 Living at White House, North Avenue, Leicester (age 47 born Leicester), Engineer - Mechanical and Employer. With wife Alice M. (age 47) and children Harold (age 19), Allynne F. (age 11) and Nora (age 10). Three servants. [2]

1911 Obituary [3]

ARTHUR JAMES GIMSON was born at Leicester on 3rd September 1853, being the second son of Mr. Josiah Gimson who, in conjunction with his brother, founded in 1841 the engineering firm of Gimson and Co., Leicester.

At the age of nineteen he was apprenticed to Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., of Manchester, for two years, and then returned to Leicester to become shop manager for Gimson and Co.; under his management the work of the firm continuously increased.

Among the various works of which he had the responsibility of carrying out were the sewage pumping machinery for the Corporations of Burton-on-Trent and Leicester, and later the water- supply plant for the Weymouth and West Gloucester Waterworks Companies, also the deep-well pumping plant for the Rand Water Board, Johannesburg.

On the occasion of the Summer Meeting of this Institution held in America during 1904, he went with the party, and on his return contributed a Paper to the Institution on "Some Impressions of American Workshops."

In 1909 he went to South Africa in the interests of his firm, which had been converted into a private company, and returned early in 1910, after a successful tour.

Shortly afterwards he developed an illness, which terminated fatally on 25th March 1911, in his fifty-eighth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1884.

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Sources of Information

  1. Leicester Chronicle and the Leicestershire Mercury, Saturday, April 12, 1879
  2. 1901 Census
  3. 1911 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries