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Harold March

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Harold March (1874-1940)

1941 Obituary [1]

HAROLD MARCH was born in 1874, and received his technical education at the Merchant Venturers' College, Bristol, where he studied with distinction. He served his apprenticeship from 1890 to 1894 with the Wapping Docks Company, Bristol, and was for two years in the Royal Gun Factory at Woolwich. From 1897 to 1899 he was erector-in-charge for the Great Northern Railway, and from 1900 to 1901 he took charge of the fitting shops for Messrs. Peckett and Sons, locomotive builders. He then took up similar work with the British Thomson-Houston Company, and subsequently became shift engineer.

In 1904 he joined the Great Western Railway, and was placed in charge of the locomotive repair shops at Bristol. Three years later he was appointed engineer and secretary to the Lawrence Water Softener Company and also held the position of engineer to Automatic Fitters, Ltd., until he proceeded to North China in 1909 as advisory and selling engineer for Messrs. Shewan, Tomes and Company, at Tientsin. He was over twenty years in China, where he also designed and built workshops and offices for Messrs. Anderson, Meyer and Company, Ltd.

In addition he acted as representative for Messrs. Cammell, Laird and Company, Ltd. He served in the North China Volunteer Force from 1915 to 1920, and in the municipal armed police force in Shanghai from 1924 to 1927. On his return to England in 1930, he was appointed director and secretary of London and Suburban Commercial Vehicles, Ltd.

Mr. March, whose death occurred on 4th November 1940, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911.

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