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John Thomas Douglas

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John Thomas Douglas (1871-1923)


1924 Obituary [1]

JOHN THOMAS DOUGLAS was born at Oldham on 20th December 1871, and was educated at local schools and the Technical School, Hyde.

He served an apprenticeship of seven years in the works of Messrs. Daniel Adamson and Co., Dukinfield, and this was followed by a period in the Royal Navy as engineer.

In 1900 he became chief departmental foreman at the works of Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Co., Ltd., Lincoln, and held this post for seven years.

In 1907 he entered the Crayford and Erith Works of Messrs. Vickers, Ltd., having charge of the jig, tool, and rate fixing departments.

In 1910 he took up a similar position with Messrs. David Brown and Sons, Huddersfield, which he held for two years, and then became Works Manager at the Yeovil Works of Messrs. Petters, Ltd.

In 1919 he went to Messrs. Robey and Co., Ltd., Lincoln, in a similar capacity, but relinquished the appointment in 1920 to start in business for himself at Barnstaple at the Bradiford Engineering Works. Owing to the serious slump in the engineering trade, these works had to be shut down in the following year.

In April 1922 he became partner in the North Devon Ice Factory, a new business in the district, but his health broke down in the following year and, after an operation in London, his death took place in Barnstaple on 19th October 1923, in his fifty-second year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1918.



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