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Herbert William Morley

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Herbert William Morley (1866-1925) of Cole, Marchent and Morley

1925 Obituary [1]

HERBERT WILLIAM MORLEY, son of the late Alderman J. L. Morley, who was Mayor of Bradford in 1887-8, was born in that city on 19th October 1866, and was educated privately and at local schools, subsequently entering the engineering department of the Bradford Technical College as a day student.

He then gained further professional training and useful experience by association with Mr. Wilson Hartnell, of Leeds, and with Messrs. Hick, Hargreaves and Co., Ltd., Bolton.

In 1890 he became proprietor of the old-established business of Messrs. Cole, Marchent and Co., which has since been carried on in a highly successful manner under the style of Messrs. Cole, Marchent and Morley, Ltd.

Mr. Morley's ability as an engineer enabled him to introduce various improvements of considerable value in mill-engine practice, and amongst them might be mentioned the type of piston drop-valve gear which he designed and was largely adopted in the engines made by the firm.

He also introduced in 1912 the manufacture of the Diesel engine, of which a number were subsequently constructed at the firm's works.

Indifferent health, however, obliged him in 1913 to sever his connexion with the Company, although he continued to carry on a limited amount of private practice as a consulting engineer.

He took an active part in the welfare of the various engineering organizations in his native city, was one of the founders, and a past-President, of the Bradford Society of Engineers, and took special interest in the local branch of this Institution and in the engineering department of the Bradford Technical College.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1896.

His death on the 19th November 1925 removed a prominent figure from the engineering circle in Bradford and district.

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