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Noel Burn Rosher

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Noel Burn Rosher (1875-1936)

1936 Obituary [1]

NOEL BURN ROSHER, O.B.E., had been associated with Messrs. Guest, Keen and Nettlefold's since 1921. He joined as chief engineer at the Birmingham works and a year later he was appointed general works manager. Subsequently he carried out an extensive reorganization of the power plant and production arrangements. In 1935 he also took over the duties of joint general manager of the screw department.

Mr. Rosher was born at Higham, Kent, and was educated at Repton, and later entered King's College, London, where he had a distinguished career.

He became a pupil at the London works of Messrs. Drake and Gorham, Ltd., in 1893, and later received additional training in the Wolverhampton shops of the Electric Construction Company.

In 1898 he joined Messrs. Siemens Brothers and Company, Ltd., and about two years later was appointed resident engineer in charge of the erection and equipment of the firm's new works at Stafford.

He joined Messrs. Preece and Cardew as senior assistant in 1904 and took charge of the installation of electric light and power at H.M. Dockyard, Chatham, and at Simon's Bay, South Africa.

In 1908 he went into partnership with Mr. F. J. Moffett, and established the firm of Moffett and Rosher, consulting engineers, in Birmingham, specializing in electric light and power schemes for factories.

He joined the Ministry of Munitions during the War and was made Inspector for the Midland Area; in recognition of his services he was awarded the O.B.E.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1908 and was transferred to Membership in 1910. He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

His death took place in his sixty-first year, on 4th September 1936.

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