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Alfred Johnson (1873-1939)

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Alfred Johnson (1873-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"ALFRED JOHNSON was born in 1873 and was educated at the North Eastern County School, Barnard Castle, from 1887 to 1889. He served his apprenticeship from 1889 to 1894 at the works of Messrs. Robert Roger and Company, Ltd., general engineers and founders, Stockton on Tees, and he then spent two years with this firm as a junior draughtsman. In 1896 he was engaged as a draughtsman by Messrs. Taylor and Hubbard, Leicester, and in 1898 he joined the staff of the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company, Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne.

A year later he became assistant mechanical engineer and draughtsman in the Post Office where he worked on the laying of cables until 1902. He spent some time in Stockton on Tees with Messrs. Ashmore, Benson, Pease and Company, Ltd., and Messrs. Head, Wrightson and Company, Ltd., before starting practice as a consulting engineer in 1908. In 1914 he joined the Royal Army Service Corps and was promoted to the rank of captain. He served in France until 1918 when he was transferred to Wilton. After the end of the War he was prevented from continuing his engineering career owing to his health, impaired through active service, and he died after a long illness on 30th August 1939. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1906 and was transferred to Membership in 1913."

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