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James Neilson Wallace

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James Neilson Wallace (c1871-1947)


1949 Obituary [1]

"JAMES NEILSON WALLACE, whose death occurred on 3rd May 1947, at the age of seventy-six, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911. His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. William Wallace and Son (later taken over by Mr. John Currie), millwrights, of Dreghorn, from 1885 to 1889.

After gaining experience as an improver and later as fitter to Messrs. Kincaird and Company, Ltd., of Greenock, he served at sea for four years as marine engineer in ships of the British India Steam Navigation Company, Ltd., rising from fourth to acting first engineer and obtaining his Board of Trade First Class Engineer's Certificate. In 1897 he began an association with the National Boiler and General Insurance Company, Ltd., at Manchester, which lasted for thirty-nine years. After holding the position of district inspecting engineer for eight years he was transferred to the staff of the head office as assistant engineer. On his retirement from the company's service in 1936 he acted in an advisory capacity for Messrs. Forster, Raw and Partners, mining engineers of Newcastle upon Tyne."


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