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Alfred Blackwell

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Alfred Blackwell (1888-1923)

1923 Obituary [1]

ALFRED BLACKWELL was born in Leeds on 4th September 1888.

When a boy he obtained a scholarship for a Secondary School, where he first showed his inclination towards engineering.

At the age of fifteen he began his apprenticeship to Messrs. Rice and Co., Ltd., Leeds, which was continued with Messrs. Fairbairns, of the same city, with whom he remained after its completion.

In 1914 he was appointed Chief Draughtsman and held this position for four years, when he became Manager of the Machine Tool Department, having full charge of the drawing office and shops. He had an extensive knowledge of machine-tools, and was a successful designer of these machines.

His death took place in Leeds on 4th July 1923, in his thirty-fifth year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1919.

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