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Harold Whitworth

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Harold Whitworth (1869-1949) of W. H. Allen, Sons and Co

1869 Born at Salford the son of George Whitworth, a Commercial Traveller, and his wife Harriette

1911 Living at 19 Martins Lane, Liscard, Cheshire: Harold Whitworth (age 41 born Salford), Manager and Agent for Mechanical and Electrical Engineers. With his wife Milly Whitworth (age 38 born Southsea) and their children; Millington Whitworth (age 12 born Egremont); George Whitwort (age 11 born Egremont); Joan Whitworth (age 7 born Seacombe); Brian Whitworth (age 3 born Liscard); and Roy Whitworth (age 10 months born Liscard). One servant.[1]


1949 Obituary [2]

Harold Whitworth, who died on the 8th December, 1949, was born on the 16th April, 1869.

He spent most of his early life in Knutsford, where he attended the Grammar School.

His early engineering experience was obtained with Messrs. C. L. Baker and Co., a Manchester firm of instrument makers, and subsequently with Messrs. Woodhouse and Rawson.

In 1891 he became assistant electrician in the oil-engine department of Priestman Brothers, Hull. While in Manchester he attended evening classes at the Technical School and Owen's College.

In 1893 he moved to Merseyside and joined the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co. The main part of his business life was, however, spent from 1901 as the Liverpool engineer and representative of Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons and Co., of Bedford, being responsible for the installation of electrical plant in the Liverpool district, Cheshire and North Wales.

On retiring from their service at the age of 65, he opened his own office and represented many firms, the principal of which was Sarco Thermostats, Ltd., of Cheltenham. He remained active up to his illness in October last. He was for some time Chairman of the Wallasey Liberal Club, and was an Elder of the Egremont Presbyterian Church of which he was a member for over 50 years. He had a very fine character and his many friends and associates on Merseyside will miss him. He is survived by four sons and one daughter.

He joined The Institution as an Associate Member in 1923 and was elected a Member in 1927, and took a keen interest in the meetings of the Mersey and North Wales Centre. He was also a member of the Liverpool Engineering Society from 1921 and served on its Council for a number of years.



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