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James Herbert Cawthra

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James Herbert Cawthra (c1872-1913)

1914 Obituary [1]

MES HERBERT CAWTHRA died in his 42nd year, as the result of a motor car accident on the 8th October, 1913.

After serving his apprenticeship he went as Outside Assistant to Messrs. J. H. Holmes & Co., of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and superintended the erection of complete electrical installations on board ship and in factories.

He was for a short time an assistant in the mains department of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Company. Following upon this he obtained experience as a sea-going engineer with several firms.

He was appointed in 1893 Chief Assistant in the generating station of the Yorkshire House to House Electricity Company at Leeds, serving in the same capacity when the works were taken over by the Leeds Corporation.

He left Leeds in 1900 on his appointment as Borough Electrical Engineer at Swansea. After a short tenure of office he was appointed in 1901 Borough Electrical Engineer at South Shields. Subsequently he drew up a complete scheme for the electrification of the tramways.

In 1911 he was appointed Superintendent to the Victoria Falls & Transvaal Power Company, in which capacity he was responsible for the operation of all the Company's generating stations.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1904.

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