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Charles Henry Bown

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Charles Henry Bown (1872-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

CHARLES HENRY BOWN had a lengthy career with Messrs. Merryweather and Sons, Ltd. He joined the firm in 1887, and rose to be manager of the company's works at Greenwich, a position which he occupied from 1907 until his death over thirty years later. After completing a six years' apprenticeship with the firm in 1893, he was engaged as a draughtsman, and subsequently went to France to take charge of a series of the firm's contracts for the installation of electric lighting and pumping machinery.

In 1896 he became outdoor engineer to the firm, and was principally concerned with the erection of private electric lighting and pumping plants. He was appointed assistant works manager in 1905 and for the remainder of his career was responsible for the production of fire engines, fire floats, escapes, and fire-fighting equipment generally. Two years later he received his appointment as works manager, and he was subsequently responsible for considerable extensions to the works.

Mr. Bown was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1903 and was transferred to Membership in 1908. His death occurred on 23rd July 1938, in his sixty-seventh year.

1938/39 Obituary [2]

Charles Henry Bown was born in 1872 and obtained his technical education at the Goldsmiths' Institute, New Cross.

The whole of his career as an automobile engineer was connected with the firm of Merryweather and Sons, Greenwich, first as an apprentice, then as a draughtsman.

In 1905 he was appointed Assistant Works Manager, and in 1907 Works Manager, in which capacity he was in full control of the firm's output of motor fire engines, fire floats, etc.

He died on 25th July, 1938, at the age of 66.

He was elected a Member in 1908.

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