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Conway Osborne Grimshaw

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Conway Osborne Grimshaw (1862-1943)

1943 Obituary [1]

CONWAY OSBORNE GRIMSHAW was born at Belfast on the 31st May, 1862, and died at Chobham, Surrey, on the 27th August, 1943.

He was educated at the Royal Academical Institution, Belfast, and received his engineering training with Messrs. Combe, Barber, and Combe, of Belfast, and with the Brown, Sharpe, and Bells Machine Co., in the United States.

In 1885 he joined the staff of Messrs. Crompton & Co., of Chelmsford, and acted as Resident Engineer on several contracts, including Woolwich Arsenal and the Barry and Tilbury docks.

In 1889 he was sent by the firm to India and Burma to act for the Orient Electric Lighting Company and to report on the establishment of lighting stations.

In 1890 he was appointed Resident Engineer at the Eccleston Place power-station of the Westminster Electric Supply Corporation, and in 1897 he became Assistant Engineer under Dr. (later Sir) Alexander Kennedy, Past-President, Inst.C.E.; he held this position until his retirement in 1926.

From 1899 to 1902 he was responsible for changing the system of direct-current steam- generation at the Corporation’s three stations to motor-generator operation. He also acted as Deputy Chief Engineer to the Central Electric Supply Corporation.

During the war of 1914-1918 he held a post under the Ministry of Munitions, directing production in numerous small factories in south west London....[more]

1943 Obituary [2]

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