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Gilbert Charles Pitcairn

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Gilbert Charles Pitcairn (1896-1947), Sales Manager of Metallisation


1947 Obituary [1]

The death occurred on 17 October 1947, at Hillside Nursing Home, Cardiff, of Mr. G. C. Pitcairn, Sales Manager of Metallisation, Ltd., Dudley.

Born at Bristol in 1896, Mr. Pitcairn attended schools at Bristol and Glasgow, but then joined the training ship H.M.S. Conway, where he distinguished himself as a student of navigation and as an all-round sportsman.

In the First World War he served in the Royal Navy as a lieutenant, and at the close of hostilities took his first mate's ticket in the Clan Line.

He married Miss Mary Doris Belliam at Liverpool and, after a short term on tankers, left the sea and took up the study of the manufacture of pottery and earthenware. This resulted in his being appointed general manager to China and Earthenware, Ltd., Seville in 1926, and he remained in this position until the events of the Spanish Revolution made it impossible for him to continue.

On his return to this country, he joined the staff of Metallisation, Ltd., and was soon after appointed sales manager, which position he filled until his death.

He was a very jovial and versatile personality and was very popular wherever he went. He was a very active member of Rotary; and undoubtedly he did a good deal in his last years of life to increase the use of metal spraying in this country and abroad. He leaves a widow and one married daughter who is living in Buenos Aires.

He was elected a member of the Institute of Metals in 1943. W. E. BALLARD.



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