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George Gilbert

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George Gilbert (1882-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

GEORGE GILBERT was born in 1882 and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Alexander Shanks and Sons, Arbroath, from 1899 to 1904 and also with the British Westinghouse Company and Messrs. Mather and Platt, of Manchester, between 1904 and 1906.

He then went to Russia as chief engineer to Messrs. W. and T. Fletcher, of Moscow, where he took charge of the mechanical plant and also acted as chief travelling engineer to large importers of machinery. After a brief period as chief engineer to a lace mill, he was appointed chief general engineer and superintendent at the Solovieff cotton seed oil mills in Turkestan, in 1909. He relinquished this appointment five years later and was chief engineer of a textile factory in Russia, with a personnel of 12,000, until 1917, when he returned to England and went into business on his own account as partner and chief engineer in a concern manufacturing rifle parts.

Since 1920 he had been associated with the rubber works of Messrs. Itshide, Ltd., of Petersfield, as works manager, chief engineer, and subsequently as director. He continued as a director of the firm up to the time of his death, which occurred on 8th January 1944. Mr. Gilbert was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1913.

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