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Rupert Thomas Cooke

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Rupert Thomas Cooke (1848-1904)

1904 Obituary [1]

RUPERT THOMAS COOKE was born at Dronfield, near Sheffield, on 16th March 1848.

He served his time from 1862 to 1866 at the Northfield Iron Works, Rotherham, and during the subsequent three years he worked at Messrs. Cammell and Co.'s Works at Sheffield.

He was next employed as foreman pattern-maker for one year at the pipe foundry of Messrs. Claridge, North and Co., Bilston.

In 1870 he became an inspector in the steel foundry of Messrs. Vickers and Co., of Sheffield, and in 1872 he assisted his father in the erection and management of the Dronfield Steel Works, working for one year in the drawing office, and five years in the mills as engineer and manager.

He then went to the Barrow Rail Mills for one year as foreman engineer, subsequently becoming chief engineer to the Stockton Malleable Iron Co. During the period he held this position he superintended the installation of their extensive steel-smelting plant and modern plate-rolling mills.

After being engaged ten years with this firm, he took up in 1893 the position of chief engineer to the Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron and Coal Co. in South Wales, and two years later he was appointed chief engineer to the Ashbury Railway-Carriage and Wagon Co., at Manchester.

His death took place suddenly at his residence in Manchester, on 11th August 1904, at the age of fifty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1892.

1904 Obituary [2]

It is with much regret that we have to announce the sudden death on the night of Thursday, the 11th inst., of Mr. R. T. Cooke, M. Inst. M. E., and member of the Manchester Society of Engineers. Mr. Cooke was chief engineer at the Ashbury Railway Carriage Works.

He was the author of an article published in our issue for April 15th on the "Management of Steam Boilers."

He was an exceptionally competent engineer, devoted to his profession. He filled the post of chief engineer to the Stockton Malleable Iron Company for many years, and for a short time held the same position with the Ebbw Vale Iron and Steel Company.

He was very popular with his men, and will be regretted by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. He was in his 57th year.

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