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Alfred Davis

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Alfred Davis (1886-1948) of Westminster

1885 Exhibited Janney railway coupling[1]


1949 Obituary [2]

"ALFRED DAVIS, O.B .E., was associated with marine engineering throughout his professional career.

He was born in 1886 and received his general education at the Royal Grammar School and his technical training at Armstrong College in Newcastle upon Tyne, where he took the engineering diploma course and was awarded the Marshall Scholarship.

On the completion of a six years' apprenticeship with Messrs. R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, Ltd., in 1907, he continued in that firm's engine drawing office for a further two years. He then gained further experience in the engine drawing office of the London and Glasgow Engineering and Shipbuilding Company, Ltd., before taking up, in 1914, an appointment as chief draughtsman and assistant outside manager for Messrs. Palmers Shipbuilding and Engineering Company, Ltd., at Jarrow. Later he took over the duties of engine shop manager. He resigned this post in 1922 and went to Birkenhead to become engine works manager to Messrs. Cammell Laird and Company, Ltd., but two years later he was appointed chief assistant superintending engineer to Messrs. Alfred Holt and Company at Liverpool, with whom he remained until 1936, when he transferred his services to Messrs. Elder Dempster, Ltd., as chief superintending engineer. Since 1939 he had been a director and general manager of Messrs. J. G. Kincaid and Company, Ltd., marine engineers. Mr. Davis, whose death occurred on 16th July 1948, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1934, and served on the Committee of the Scottish Branch from 1942 until the time of his death. Mr. Davis was also a Member of the Institution of Naval Architects and the author of an article on "Scientific Ship Management"."


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