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Charles Edward Hill

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Charles Edward Hill (1892-1946)

1946 Obituary [1]

CHARLES EDWARD HILL, whose death occurred at sea on 1st April 1946 while on his way home from India, was in 1942 appointed a Director of the Indian Ordnance Factories, with which he had been connected for seventeen years.

He was born in 1892, and received his technical education at the Chelsea Polytechnic and at Birkbeck College. He served two years as a metallurgist at the Woolwich Arsenal, after which, in 1916, he joined H.M. Forces, and was subsequently commissioned as second lieutenant, in the Tank Corps. Shortly after demobilization he began an association with the Whitecross Company, Ltd., of Warrington, where he was first employed as a metallurgist. Later he became technical assistant to the managing director, and finally, in 1922, he was made works superintendent with the control of some 1,600 employees, and responsibility for the production and processes of all departments.

He began his connection with India seven years later with his appointment as works manager of the Indian Ordnance Metal and Steel Factory, Ichapur, Bengal. He was promoted to be superintendent in 1939, a position he continued to fill until he assumed office as director.

Mr. Hill was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1928 and was transferred to Membership in 1934.

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