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Herbert Edward Watson

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Herbert Edward Watson (1876-1951)

1953 Obituary [1]

HERBERT EDWARD WATSON was connected with the Press and the printing industry throughout his career, thirty years of which were spent in India.

He was born in 1876 and received his education at the Science and Arts School (now Rutherford College), Newcastle upon Tyne.

On completion of a five-year apprenticeship with the Northern Press and Engineering Company, Ltd., South Shields, in 1897, he remained with the firm as an outside charge hand for another year.

A period of study of the Linotype machine in Manchester and of gas and oil engines at the Birmingham works of Tangyes, Ltd., then followed.

In 1899 he found employment with the Linotype Company, Ltd., Altringham, Cheshire, as assistant foreman and later was engaged at the firm's London Office as engineer.

On the conclusion of a brief period as chief engineer to the National Press Agency, London, he proceeded, in 1906, to Calcutta to take up the appointment of works manager and chief engineer of The Statesman, India's leading newspaper. In 1921 he became general manager, continuing, however, to carry out the duties of chief engineer and assuming those of a director.

After holding office for fourteen years he retired and spent the rest of his life in Great Britain.

Mr. Watson had been an Associate Member of the Institution for nearly fifty years, having been elected in 1902; he was also a Member of the Institution of Engineers, India.

His death occurred at Bromley, Kent, on 24th October 1951.

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