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Charles Henry Fowler (1878-1942)

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Charles Henry Fowler (1878-1942)

1878 Born in Tottenham

1896 Apprentice with T. E. Halford and Co, Cons engineers, Furnival St, London

1901 Worked with brewery and distillery engineers, Hanbury and Co, rising to works manager; Hanbury were general engineers, brewery and malting refiners of Great Tower St, London, and Plough Bridge Works, Deptford.

1907 Refrigeration and combustion engineers. Joseph Baker and Sons

1915 H.M. Factory, Gretna, construction and operation of refrigeration and combustion plant, and nitro-glycerine section

1918 Associate member of I Mech E; mechanical engineer at H.M. Factory, Gretna

1942 Died in Hatfield

1943 Obituary [1]

CHARLES HENRY FOWLER, M.B.E., was for twenty years in the service of the Lee Conservancy Board, first in the capacity of resident engineer and, since 1923, as protection of water engineer, his duties comprising the maintenance of the purity of the water throughout the watershed, an area of 650 square miles, and also those of traffic manager of the Navigation.

He was born in 1878 and after serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. T. E. Halford and Company, London, from 1896 to 1901, he joined Messrs. R. J. Hanbury and Company, general engineers, of Deptford, as draughtsman erector, subsequently becoming works manager. He then occupied similar positions in the works of Messrs. Joseph Baker and Sons, Ltd., Willesden Junction, being finally made departmental manager. In 1915 he was engaged by the Ministry of Munitions and was transferred to the National Factory at Gretna, where he was resident engineer.

After holding the appointment of chief engineer in the Irish factories of Messrs. Jurgens, Ltd., margarine manufacturers, for some three years, he took up his final appointment with the Lee Conservancy Board at Enfield Lock. Mr. Fowler was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1918. His death occurred in his sixty-fourth year on 19th June 1942.

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