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Henry Bates (1846-1903)

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Henry Bates (1846-1903) of Hulse and Co

1903 Obituary [1]

HENRY BATES died on January 1, 1903. His early career was spent at the works of Sir Joseph Whitworth & Company, Limited, where he carried out some important experiments.

He was afterwards associated with the late Mr. W. W. Hulse as a consulting engineer and valuer. For many years he occupied the position of valuer to Hulse & Company, of Manchester, and on conversion of the firm into a limited company he was appointed managing director. He was a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1899.

1903 Obituary [2]

HENRY BATES was born at Salford on 15th August 1846.

He commenced his engineering career in 1858 as an apprentice at Tammerfors, Finland.

Four years later he started at Messrs. Joseph Whitworth and Co., Manchester, where he finished his apprenticeship.

His subsequent experience was gained at Messrs. Smith and Coventry's Works, passing from there a few years later to Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., whose works at that time were in Manchester.

He left the last named firm in 1870 to start business on his own account, but shortly afterwards, in 1872, joined Messrs. Crossley Brothers, gas-engine makers, where he remained a few years.

He next became manager of the Breech Action Manufacturing Co., Birmingham.

Some little time after this he joined the late Mr. W. W. Hulse as his chief in his business as consulting engineer at Manchester, and when that gentleman took over the Ordsal Works with the business of Messrs. Hulse and Co. in 1882, he went with him as manager.

On the reconstruction of this firm, and its transformation into a private company in 1898, he was appointed managing director, which post he filled until the time of his death. During his twenty years' connection with the works of Messrs. Hulse and Co. he was closely identified with the design and construction of the great variety of machine tools for which that firm attained a high reputation.

He had also for many years occupied the position of consulting engineer and valuer to several of the largest and most important firms in the country.

His death occurred at Southport on 1st February 1903, at the age of fifty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1891.

1903 Obituary [3]

1903 Obituary.[4]

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