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Jesse Francis Parke

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Jesse Francis Parke (1887-1942)

1943 Obituary [1]

JESSE FRANCIS PARKE was associated for several years with Messrs. C. Churchill and Company, Ltd., as their engineering and production representative for Bristol and the South and West of England. He was born in 1887 and received his technical education at Hartley College, Southampton, while serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. J. I. Thornycroft and Company from 1902 to 1906. For the next five years he was an assistant in the mechanical engineering laboratories at Osborne Naval College.

In 1911 he went to America where he became for a short period assistant plant supervisor to the Cincinnati Machine Company. Subsequently he was appointed assistant production and costs engineer to the Windsor Machine Company, Vermont, U.S.A. On relinquishing that appointment in 1913 he returned to England and began his association with Messrs. Churchill and Company, and remained with the firm for about six years. He later joined Messrs. Alfred Herbert, being first engaged in Birmingham, and later in their Sheffield offices.

In 1924 he took up an appointment with Messrs. Joseph Pugsley and Sons, Ltd., and continued with that company until his death. Mr. Parke, who was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1917, was killed as a result of enemy action in April 1942.

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