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Herbert Marson Brack

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Herbert Marson Brack (1895-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"HERBERT Marson BRACK was associated with the motor industry for almost the whole of his professional career.

He was born in 1895, and on completing his general education at King Edward's School, Sheffield, he continued his studies at Sheffield University, which were, however, interrupted by the outbreak of war in 1914. He served overseas in the infantry and was severely wounded, receiving his discharge in 1917. For the remainder of the war he was employed in the armament production department at the Admiralty. After holding short engagements at Slough as works superintendent to Messrs. G. D. Peters and Company, and as manager for the Slough Motor and General Engineering Works, he began, in 1921, a connection with the Austin Motor Company, Ltd., at Birmingham, which lasted for twenty-six years. His first position was that of apprentice training master and chief assistant to the works manager. Two years later he was made works engineer and apprentice supervisor, becoming chief engineer in 1937. In this capacity he not only superintended the construction, equipping, and servicing of the new aero "shadow" factory at Longbridge, but was also responsible for the training of all young employees to the number of some 2,500. Mr. Brack resigned this appointment in 1947, and, after acting as a consultant for a brief period, joined the Linotype and Machinery Company, Ltd., of Altrincham, Cheshire, with whom he remained as works manager until his death, on 12th August 1949.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1923, and was transferred to Membership in 1938."

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