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George Nevill Guest

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George Nevill Guest (c1875-1952) of Hollings and Guest and John Hands Power Press Makers

c1875 Born at Burton-on-Trent the son of Charles Guest, Vicar, and his wife Margaret E.

1952 Obituary [1]

WE regret to record the death of Mr. George Nevill Guest, which occurred on October 26th. Mr. Guest was in his seventy-eighth year.

He was educated at Burton-on-Trent grammar school, and after an apprenticeship and several years of mechanical engineering experience with various Midland firms, he founded the firm of Hollings and Guest, Ltd., in 1899. He was chairman and managing director of this concern and also of John Hands Power Press Makers, Ltd., until 1932. when the activities of these two firms came to an end.

During its life, the firm of Hollings and Guest, Ltd., manufactured hydraulic machinery, such as forging and baling presses, extruding presses, shell presses and so on, and all sizes of accumulators and pumps.

From 1932 until his death, Mr. Guest was in charge of the hydraulics department of Tangyes, Ltd.

He became an associate member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1903, and a full member in 1915; he was chairman of the Midlands branch of the Institution in 1927. For many years Mr. Guest was the honorary treasurer of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

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