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Eric Batchelor

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Eric Batchelor (c1905-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"ERIC BATCHELOR, B.A., whose death occurred on 1st August 1949, at the age of forty-four, was closely concerned with brick and cement manufacture throughout his brief career.

He was educated at Radley College and at Cambridge University, where he graduated B.A., with honours in engineering. On leaving Cambridge in 1925, he served a three years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Vickers-Armstrongs, Ltd., at Barrow-in-Furness, passing through the shops and drawing office. He then joined Horace Boot and Partners and, as their supervising engineer, was attached to Eastwoods, Ltd., at Barrington, Peterborough, and Sittingbourne.

In 1931 he became assistant engineer to Horace Boot and Partners and in 1933 was appointed director and chief engineer, responsible for the design of plant for cement and brickworks. In 1939 he was lent to Eastwoods, Ltd., to manage their Humber works ; in 1943 he was made a director of Eastwoods, Ltd., and in 1944 he was appointed chief engineer, with charge of the drawing office. In this capacity he was responsible for the design of plant for brickworks, and of a cement factory, complete with machinery and power plants. Mr. Batchelor was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1930, and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1939."

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