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John Buxton (1872-1935)

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John Buxton (1872-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

JOHN BUXTON was concerned during the whole of his career with the development and manufacture of gas and oil engines.

He was born in London in 1872, but received his technical education at University College, Nottingham.

In 1887 he entered the Manchester works of Messrs. Crossley Brothers, Ltd., as an apprentice, but after two years he joined Messrs. Ruston, Hornsby and Son, of Grantham, to complete his training.

In 1893 he returned to Messrs. Crossley and took charge of the engine testing department. Three years later he was appointed chief engineer to the firm for the Birmingham district, and held this position for fourteen years.

He then founded with Mr. Wainwright the firm of Messrs. Wainwright and Buxton, Birmingham, gas and oil engine manufacturers.

In 1917 he became sole proprietor and the firm was reconstructed as Messrs. G. Buxton and Son, the original site of the works being retained. Mr. Buxton designed and carried out the installation of many power plant schemes.

In 1920 he was elected an Associate Member of the Institution.

His death occurred on 16th February 1935.

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