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Edgar Middleton Boote

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Edgar Middleton Boote (1883-1942) of James Booth and Co

1941/42 Obituary [1]

Edgar Middleton Boote was born in 1883 and educated at Sheffield Central School and Sheffield University, where he obtained an Associateship in Metallurgy.

He received his engineering training with Charles Cammell and Co., Ltd., of Sheffield, and subsequently joined the firm of Samuel Osborn and Co., Ltd., as an analytical chemist. In 1911 he became Chief Chemist and Metallurgist to the London General Omnibus Co., Ltd., and remained with the Company until 1917, when he became Manager of Martinos Treating and Testing Works, Coventry.

From 1921 he was Technical Representative with various firms - G. Turton Platts and Co., Ltd., The United Steel Co., Ltd., Poldi Steel Co., Ltd. - and latterly with James Booth and Co., Ltd., of Birmingham.

He was elected a Member in 1919 and had served as a Member of Council for thirteen years.

He died on 15th May, 1942, at the age of 59.

1942 Obituary [2]

Mr. Edgar Middleton Boote died on May 15, 1942, at the age of 59.

He was born at Bradford and received his early training at the Central Higher School, Sheffield, later passing to the University College (now the University of Sheffield) to take the full engineering course. After that he entered the Metallurgical Department and was awarded the Associateship in Metallurgy in 1907.

For the next few years he was engaged in the laboratories of several important Sheffield steel-works and became Manager of the Crucible Melting Department of Samuel Osborn and Company, Ltd.

In 1911 he was appointed Chief Chemist and Metallurgist to the London General Omnibus Company, Ltd (later Associated Equipment Company, Ltd.), where he remained until 1917.

He then moved to Coventry as Manager and Metallurgist of the Martino Treating and Testing Works, which appointment he held until the works were closed in 1921.

His next appointment was as District Manager for the Poldi Steel Company (England), Ltd., to be followed seven years later by a post with the United Steel Companies Group as Technical Representative. In 1931 he took up various appointments in a similar capacity on behalf of prominent manufacturers of steel forgings, castings, springs, &c., and at the time of his death he was engaged with James Booth and Company (1915), Ltd., Birmingham.

Besides being a member of the Institute of Metals, to which he was elected in 1912, Mr. Boote belonged to numerous other scientific and technical societies. In addition, he was a Past-President of Coventry Rotary Club and had attained high dignity as a Freemason.

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