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Charles James Webb

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Charles James Webb (1867-1947)

1949 Obituary [1]

"CHARLES JAMES WEBB, whose death occurred on 2nd November 1947, had been connected with journalism for a great number of years and was one of the earliest members of that profession to contribute articles to the press on subjects connected with the motor car.

He was born in Manchester in 1867 and educated at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology and King's College, London. He began his connection with journalism as far back as 1889 when he became sub-editor of Industries, an engineering publication. From 1894 to 1906 he was commercial and technical representative in London for Messrs. Hans Renold, Ltd., chain manufacturers of Manchester. In the latter year he took over the duties of editor and manager of the Motor Car ,journal, which he continued to direct for six years. During the rest of his active life he made numerous contributions to many British and American technical and trade journals. He was the joint author of the article on "Motoring" in the Harmsworth Encyclopaedia, and was largely responsible for the initiation of a scheme adopted by the Institution of Automobile Engineers and the City and Guilds of London Institute for the technical training, examination, and certification of motor repair mechanics. Mr. Webb had been an Associate of the Institution since 1911."

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