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Douglas James Dalgarno

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James Dalgarno (1890-1944)


1946 Obituary [1]

Major DOUGLAS JAMES DALGARNO. I.E.M.E., was engaged for practically the whole of his professional career in India, where for twenty-seven years he was associated with the firm of Messrs. Marshall, Sons, and Company, engineers, of Gainsborough. He was born in 1890 and received his technical education at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen. After serving an apprenticeship under the late Mr. William Jackson and the late Mr. J. R. Dalgarno, of the same city, from 1905 to 1907, he received a further three years' practical training with Messrs. Marshall, Sons, and Company.

In 1910 he was appointed assistant engineer at Messrs. Marshall's branch in Calcutta and four years later was promoted to the position of manager of the Madras branch. On the formation of Messrs. Marshall, Sons, and Company (India), Ltd., in 1919, he joined the board and held the joint appointments of director and manager of the Bombay and Calcutta branches. From 1934 he was a director of Marshall's (Direction), Ltd., and was senior representative in India until he severed his connection with the firm in 1937.

During this long period his responsibilities included the establishment and organization of branches, and the general supervision of agencies for a wide range of engineering products. He was further concerned with the layout and installation of numerous industrial concerns. In 1938 he began a tour of India as representative for various British Engineering firms, but in 1940 he received a commission as captain in the Indian Auxiliary Forces, being later posted to the I.E.M.E., in which corps he was serving at the time of his death, which occurred at Delhi on 8th October 1944.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1927.


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