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Herbert John Jackson

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Herbert John Jackson (c1894-1938)

1938 Obituary [1]

HERBERT JOHN JACKSON had considerable experience in the design of heavy-oil engines, particularly for marine purposes. He was born in Manchester, and in 1912 he commenced his apprenticeship in the works of Messrs. Hans Renold, Ltd., at Didsbury, but a year later he won a scholarship to the University of Manchester, and began his studies at the Municipal College of Technology.

In August 1914, however, he enlisted with the Cheshire Regiment, and later served in France with the R.F.A., where he attained the position of Captain. In 1919 he resumed his studies in Manchester, and graduated a year later. He then joined Messrs. Sulzer Brothers, of Winterthur, Switzerland, as assistant designer and draughtsman in the marine Diesel engine department, taking charge of all technical correspondence between the company and their English licensee firms and clients. He next obtained sea-going experience, acting as guarantee engineer, for the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand on board the 10,000-ton oil-engined tanker M.S. Otokia.

He remained with the ship in an advisory capacity throughout the guarantee period, which expired in October 1926. Mr. Jackson then went to Belfast, and joined Messrs. Workman, Clark and Company, shipbuilders and engineers, as head of the oil engine department, which had just been initiated for the manufacture of marine oil engines under licence from Messrs. Sulzer. He remained with this firm for nine years and when in 1935 the works were closed, Mr. Jackson joined Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Ltd., as assistant manager in the engine works. Early in 1936 he retired and lived at Prestatyn. His death occurred on 6th December 1938, at the age of 44.

He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1904 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1924.

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