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Arthur Evelyn Linnell

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Arthur Evelyn Linnell (1883-1937)


1937 Obituary [1]

ARTHUR EVELYN LINNELL was concerned with the management and maintenance of ironworks for practically the whole of his career. He was born at Nant-y-glo in 1883 and was educated at Wyggeston Grammar School, Leicester. In 1901 he became a pupil of Mr. H. Pilkington, M.I.Mech.E., at the Chesterfield ironworks of the Sheepbridge Coal and Iron Company, and after three years' training he entered the drawing office. He was made works engineer in 1905, and took charge of the conversion of several blast furnaces to the closed-top type. Four years later he went to Kettering as engineer to the Kettering Iron and Coal Company, Ltd., and was responsible for the management of the drawing office and for the maintenance of all machinery and plant. He was promoted to be works manager in 1911 and after occupying this post for three years he took up a similar position with the Clay Cross Iron Company. During the War he held a commission in the King's Own Royal Lancashire Regiment.

Mr. Linnell was transferred to Askham in 1917, to open the new ironworks there, and to take over their management. After the War he went, after a brief period at Tipton, Staffs, to Carnforth Iron Works, of which he was general manager for seven years, until the closing of the works in 1926. For a time he also took over the duties of secretary to the firm. He was subsequently transferred to the Trent Iron Works at Scunthorpe, Lincs. More recently he went into business on his own account as a consulting engineer.

Mr. Linnell was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1907 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1909 and to Membership in 1913. His death occurred in Liverpool on 12th September 1937.


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