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John Ellis Johnson

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John Ellis Johnson (c1876-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

JOHN ELLIS JOHNSON, whose death in his sixty-sixth year occurred on 26th December 1942, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1929. He received his general education at the City of London School and his technical training at South Kensington and Glasgow University. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Westgarth, English and Company, Middlesbrough, and Messrs. Barclay, Curle and Company, Glasgow, he went to sea and served as marine engineer from 1898 to 1904 in ships of the Mogul and River Plate Steamship Company, rising to be second engineer and also obtaining his Extra First-class Board of Trade Certificate.

On the completion of brief periods of experience as engine fitter, in 1906 he began a connection with the Vulcan Boiler and General Insurance Company, Manchester, which lasted for fully thirty-five years, his first position being on the inspecting staff for the Oldham district. Two years later he was transferred to the head office in the capacity of section engineer, and held the latter position till 1925 when he was appointed engineer-in-charge of the special service and advisory department with responsibility to the managing engineer for the final testing and acceptance of all classes of steam boilers and pressure vessels. He was engaged on this work until his retirement a few months before his death.

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