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George William Bradshaw

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George William Bradshaw (c1896-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE WILLIAM BRADSHAW, on completing his general education in Glasgow in 1911, served a seven years' apprenticeship with Messrs. C. and H. Crichton, Ltd., Liverpool, ship repairers and general engineers, and concurrently attended classes at the Bootle Municipal Technical College. He found his first employment as draughtsman and assistant to the works manager of Messrs. Hawthorn and Company, Ltd., Leith, shipbuilders.

After two years' experience he became works manager to Messrs. Barber and Garratt, Widnes, chemical manufacturers, with whom he remained until 1928 when he took up a similar appointment with Messrs. United Match Industries, Ltd., of Bishop Stortford, with responsibility to the managing director for the charge of reconstructions, as well as the layout and maintenance of match- and box-making machinery.

He was responsible for the starting and completion of a new factory, the output of which comprised two million boxes a week. In 1932 he transferred to Messrs. J. and G. Cox, Ltd., Edinburgh, makers of glue and gelatine (a subsidiary of Messrs. Bryant and May, Ltd.), for whom his duties as chief engineer were very similar to those in his previous appointment, and included the reconstruction of the factory as well as the design and introduction of new and improved machinery. Mr. Bradshaw continued in the service of Messrs. J. and G. Cox, Ltd., until his death, which occurred on 3rd December 1949, at the age of fifty-three. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1931, and was transferred to Membership in 1944."

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