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James Hatton

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James Hatton (c1869-1941)

1942 Obituary [1]

JAMES HATTON, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1910, was a refrigerating engineer for most of his professional career. On the completion of his apprenticeship, from 1884 to 1890, with Messrs. Handyside and Company, he held various positions in the works of Messrs. G. Fletcher and Son, and the Haslam Foundry and Engineering Company, of Derby. He subsequently held an appointment with Messrs. Thornewill and Warham, of Burton-on-Trent.

He was foreman to Messrs. Howitt Smith and Company from 1897 until 1900, in which year he was appointed engineer, and later works manager and chief engineer, to the Burton Pure Ice and Cold Storage Company, a position which he held until 1912. He then joined Messrs. Newall's Insulation Company to take charge of the cold storage side of the business, and carried out many large contracts for that firm.

During the war of 1914-18 Mr. Hatton was attached to the Inland Water Transport Department of the Admiralty, and also acted in an advisory capacity to the Ministry of Food. In 1925, he joined the Board of Directors of Messrs. Sutcliffe Brothers, and Bryce, and took charge of the refrigeration department until his retirement in 1930. His death, in his seventy-second year, occurred on 24th March 1941.

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