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Archibald Carmichael

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Archibald Carmichael (1881-1947)

Director, W. H. Allen Sons & Co., Ltd., Queen's Works, Bedford.


  • Bellvue School, Norwich.
  • Pupil at W. H. Allen Sons & Co., Ltd., Bedford.
  • University of London (City and Guilds).
  • 1904-07 Woolwich Arsenal, Supervisor.
  • 1907-15 W. H. Allen Sons & Co., Ltd., Asst. to Managing Director.
  • 1915-19 Works Manager, 1915-19.
  • 1919-37 Works and Engineering Director.
  • 1937 Retired owing to ill health.

1948 Obituary [2]

"ARCHIBALD CARMICHAEL, whose death occurred in April 1947, was associated with the firm of Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons and Company, Limited, engineers, of Bedford, during almost the whole of his professional career.

He was born in 1881 and after receiving his education at a private school in Norwich entered Messrs. Aliens' works as a pupil in 1898. On the completion of a thorough training in the shops and drawing office he began, in 1902, a three years' course of civil and mechanical engineering at the Central Technical College, South Kensington, under Professor Unwin, F.R.S., obtaining the college diploma in 1904 and the "Allen" Prize a year later. He then secured an appointment as supervisor in the Royal Arsenal, at Woolwich, and was entrusted with the charge of the central power station. Two years later, however, he returned to Bedford to become assistant to the managing director, Mr. R. W. Allen, who was President of the Institution in 1928-9. He was works manager at the Queen's Works, Bedford, from 1916 until 1925, when he became engineering director and he held that position until his retirement, in 1937, on account of ill health.

He was responsible for the progress of work in addition to inspection of material and delivery of all orders going through the shops. Amongst his earlier engineering achievements was the design and erection of plant for one of the largest drainage schemes installed in the Fen district. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1914. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and the distinction of Fellow of the City and Guilds Institute was conferred on him in 1932."

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1939 Who's Who In Engineering: Name C
  2. 1948 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries