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Peter Albert Holliday

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Peter Albert Holliday (c1884-1943)

1943 Obituary [1]

PETER ALBERT HOLLIDAY served his apprenticeship in the drawing office of Messrs. Willans and Robinson, Ltd., of Rugby, from 1899 to 1907; and after a brief interval as draughtsman with Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., Manchester, he continued with the former firm as section leader engaged on Diesel engine design, in which branch of engineering he specialized during the remainder of his career.

From 1910 to 1912 he was with the British Westinghouse Company at Manchester, where he built a 500 h.p., Diesel engine to his own design, carrying out all essential tests. During this period he received technical instruction at Manchester University. He then began an association with Messrs. Belliss and Morcom, Ltd., of Birmingham, which lasted for thirty years up to the time of his death, which occurred on 18th February 1943 in his fifty-ninth year. Appointed as engineer, he designed and built the firm's first Diesel type of oil engine, the forerunner of many others, which included during the war of 1914-18 engines for installation in submarines of the Royal Navy. He also converted and installed a number of ex-German submarine engines.

Mr. Holliday was elected a Member of the Institution in 1929.

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