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Charles Edward Holliday

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Charles Edward Holliday (1875-1948)


1949 Obituary [1]

"CHARLES EDWARD HOLLIDAY, who was born at Wellington in 1875, was, for most of his professional career, closely concerned with the problems of chain drive. He received his technical training at the Hartley College, Southampton, and later studied at the Goldsmiths' and Finsbury Technical Colleges. After first serving his apprenticeship under Mr. H. P. Vacher, A.M.I.C.E., during which he gained experience of water supply work, he continued his practical training as fitter and turner with the Champion Rock-borer and Air Compressor Company, Ltd., with whom he remained for six years.

He then spent the following eight years in the drawing offices of several engineering firms, including Messrs. Vickers, Sons and Maxim at Barrow, Messrs. Stothert and Pitt, Ltd., of Bath, and the Nuneaton Engineering Company, Ltd., for whom he was engaged as chief draughtsman and assistant manager.

In 1903 he was estimating engineer to the Sandycroft Foundry Co. In the following year he joined the staff of Messrs. Hans Renold at Manchester, and began a connection which lasted for twenty years, during which he occupied leading positions with the firm. He came to London in 1909 and opened an office which he managed for Messrs. Hans Renold for fifteen years. He then became agent for the Morse Chain Company, Ltd., in the south-east of England, and continued to hold that position until his death, which occurred at Mayfield, Sussex, on 4th September 1948. Mr. Holliday was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905 and was transferred to Membership five years later. He had several patents and inventions to his credit in connection with chain-gear improvements. He also patented an automobile constant-pressure petrol pump."


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