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Archibald Parker Welch

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Archibald Parker Welch (1889-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"ARCHIBALD PARKER WELCH, who was born in 1889, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936 and was transferred to Membership five years later.

His apprenticeship was served with the Ediswan Company, Ltd., in London, from 1904 to 1907, and during that period he attended classes at the City and Guilds Technical College, Finsbury, obtaining the college diploma. He then joined the Union Electric Company, Ltd., and after being engaged upon design and installation of plant was finally made technical and sales manager.

On the completion of a two years' engagement as chief draughtsman to Messrs. C. A. Vanderwell and Company, at Acton, he began in 1917 an association with the Fuller Accumulator Company, Ltd., which lasted for fifteen years. His first duties were those of technical manager, later he was technical superintendent and general manager of Fuller's United Electric Works, at Chadwell Heath, and subsequently he became technical director and chief engineer.

In 1936 he joined Messrs. Rootes, Ltd., for whom, as works manager, he was engaged in the reorganization of their southern group of motor-car factories. Three years later he became managing director of the Sterling Engineering Co and in 1942 he was attached to the Ministry of Supply and appointed deputy director of the tank supply department. Later in the same year he was given the appointment of director of Armoured Fighting Vehicles but resigned from this post in 1943. He was then in practice as a consulting engineer before finally joining, in 1947, the Bell Punch Company, Ltd., for whom he was in charge of the works at Uxbridge. Mr. Welch's death occurred on 2nd October 1948."

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