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Herbert Arthur Pertwee

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Herbert Arthur Pertwee (1861-1934) of Pertwee and Back

1934 Obituary [1]

HERBERT ARTHUR PERTWEE was for twenty-eight years in partnership with the late Mr. W. H. Back, M.I.Mech.E., at the Nelson Iron Works, Great Yarmouth. The firm specialized in the manufacture of ice-crushing and coke-breaking plants, built to Mr. Pertwee's designs and patents, and in elevating and conveying machinery.

For some years after his retirement in 1928, Mr. Pertwee had been engaged in consulting engineering.

He was born in 1861 at Boreham, Essex, and received his education at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex.

He served his apprenticeship from 1879 to 1884 in the shops and drawing office of Messrs. Whitmore and Binyon, Wickham Market, Suffolk, and then went to the United States for further experience. He was engaged as a draughtsman with Messrs. Stilwell and Bierce, Dayton, Ohio, and at the Union Iron Works, San Francisco, until 1889, when he returned to England and joined Messrs. Crompton and Company, Chelmsford, as a draughtsman.

In 1892 he was appointed engineer to Messrs. Elliott's Metal Company, Burry Port, Wales, and was engaged upon the design and installation of copper-ore crushing plants and electrical power plant.

He acquired the Nelson Iron Works, Great Yarmouth, in 1899.

Mr. Pertwee was also lecturer and instructor for three years at the Great Yarmouth Technical Schools. He was a partner in the South Quay Iron Works, Lowestoft, which specialized in marine engineering, and iron and brass foundry work.

He was elected to Associate Membership of the Institution in 1893 and was transferred to Membership in 1913.

His death occurred on 24th January 1934.

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