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Herbert John Maybrey

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Herbert John Maybrey (1893-1942), managing director of H. J. Maybrey and Co

1942 Obituary [1]

Herbert John Maybrey, who died very suddenly on March 31, 1942, was born at Cheltenham in 1893.

He was educated at the Cheltenham Grammar School and graduated at Christ's College, Cambridge.

He served throughout the 1914-18 War with the Worcester and Wiltshire Regiments, was gassed, and invalided home.

From 1918 Mr. Maybrey worked at the National Physical Laboratory under Dr. Walter Rosenhain, and later became Metallurgist to the Magnesium Metal Company. Simultaneously he studied at the Royal School of Mines, where he received the Diploma of the Imperial College.

About 1924 he joined the British Aluminium Company at Kinlochleven, and later J. Stone and Company, Ltd., of Deptford.

With his wide experience, he was able, in 1929, to found Maybrey Light Metals, Ltd., which subsequently became H. J. Maybrey and Company, Ltd., whose headquarters are now in Lower Sydenham. The growth of this firm was due to his tireless energy, his human understanding, and the great love he had for his workmen. As Managing Director of this Company, he developed an organization which is taking an increasingly important position in industry.

Until a short while before his death, he was Commanding Officer of the factory Home Guard company, which task undoubtedly put the great a strain on him, especially in view of the heavy burden being borne by all those engaged in the light metal industry. Mr. Maybrey's charming personality will be remembered by all who knew him.

He was elected a member of the Institute in 1917.

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