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Harry Higgins

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Harry Higgins (1884-1941)

1941 Obituary [1]

HARRY HIGGINS was born in 1884 and educated at Redruth College and the Camborne School of Mines. After serving as an indentured pupil with Messrs. Holman Brothers, Ltd., from 1899 to 1903, he remained with that firm as leading bench fitter until 1906, when he went to the machine shop foreman and assistant engineer to the Franklin Mining Company in Boston, being second-in-charge of boilers, hoists, pumps, and air compressors. From 1910 to 1912 he took charge of various contracts for the Welch Hoisting Engine Company, of Pennsylvania.

On his return to England he was employed as a foreman erector with Messrs. Brazil Straker, Ltd. (later the Cosmos Engineering Company, Ltd.), at Bristol, and in 1916, he became fitting shop foreman of the engine, gearbox, and aeroengine departments, of the same firm. In 1920 he joined the Douglas Motor Cycle Company and was appointed foreman of the fitting shop, a position which he held for five years.

In 1925 he entered the service of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, Ltd., his final position at the time of his death on 6th October 1940 being that of superintendent of the experimental section of the aero-engine department. Mr. Higgins was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1930.

1940/41 Obituary [2]

Harry Higgins was born in 1884 and educated at Redruth College, Cornwall.

He was an indentured pupil with Holman Bros., Ltd., Camborne, from 1899 to 1903, and also studied at the Camborne School of Science during this period.

He then went to Michigan, U.S.A., and for four years was Assistant Engineer with the Franklin Mining Co., and later became a partner in the Welch Hoisting Engine Co.

Returning to England in 1911, he joined the firm of Brazil, Straker and Co., leaving them in 1920 to take up a position with the Douglas Motor Co., Ltd.

In 1925 he became Superintendent of the Experimental Department on Aero-Engines of the Bristol Aeroplane Company, and remained with this firm until his death on 6th October, 1940.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1926.

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