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Herbert Bates

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Herbert Bates (1874-1925) of Hulse and Co

1925 Obituary [1]

HERBERT BATES, O.B.E., was born in Salford on 23rd June 1874, and received his education at the Central Higher Grade School and the Technical School, Manchester.

While serving an apprenticeship with Messrs. Hulse and Co., machine-tool makers, at the Ordsal Works, Salford, he gained a Whitworth Exhibition in 1893, and was appointed works manager of the firm in 1898, with further advancement a few years later to general manager.

Later on, when the business was converted into a company, under the title "Hulse and Company, Limited," the subject of this Memoir became managing director, and this position he held up to the time of his death.

During the War Messrs. Hulse's works were taken over by the Admiralty, and Mr. Bates' services were rewarded by the bestowal of an O.B.E. in consequence of the urgent national work carried out by the Company. Gifted both by training and by natural aptitude with exceptional knowledge of machine-tool matters, Mr. Bates was a recognized expert in that branch of engineering, and as such acted as adviser for various important firms throughout the country.

He was a Member of the Manchester Association of Engineers, and after being a Member of Council for many years he became President of that body during the year preceding his death, which occurred on 17th October 1925.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903 and a Member in 1906.

1925 Obituary [2]

HERBERT BATES, O.B.E., died at his residence in Manchester on October 17, 1925, at the age of fifty-one.

He served his apprenticeship with the firm of Hulse, machine tool builders, Salford, at the time when his father was managing director. At the age of eighteen he was successful in winning a Whitworth Exhibition.

He succeeded his father as managing director of the same firm, and held that position until the time of his death. During the war Messrs. Hulse's works were taken over by the Admiralty, and in recognition of the services which Mr. Bates rendered to the Government he received the Order of Officer of the British Empire.

Mr. Bates was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1904.

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