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George Henry Browne

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George Henry Browne (c1885-1932)

1932 Obituary [1]

GEORGE HENRY BROWNE was chief engineer to Messrs. Jarmain and Son of Kirkheaton, Huddersfield, from 1919 until his death on 15th Apri1 1932, in his forty-eighth year. Soon after his appointment he reduced the firm's coal consumption by 40 per cent and the number of boilers by 25 per cent, and at the same time increased the capacity of the plant.

He was trained at Wigan Technical College and the Manchester School of Technology, and in 1897 commenced an apprenticeship with the Garswood Coal and Iron Company of Wigan.

In 1901 he was appointed an assistant engineer in the Wigan Corporation Electricity and Tramways Department, and took a prominent part in the lay-out of a large tramway system.

He was then appointed in 1905 as power station engineer to the Swindon Corporation Electricity and Tramways Department, and was responsible during the five years he held this position for the reduction of working costs by 40 per cent.

In 1911 he became Deputy Borough Electrical Engineer and Tramways Manager of the Ilkeston Corporation, and in 1914 was appointed manager to the Mexborough and Swinton Tramways Company, a position which he retained throughout the War until his appointment with Messrs. Jarmain and Son.

Mr. Browne was also chairman of Messrs. Mallinson's Chemicals.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920, and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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