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James Duncan Carmichael

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James Duncan Carmichael ( -1960) of Carmichael Brothers.

He was a Commandant in the Special Constabulary of South Shields (Highest rank).[1]

1961 Obituary [2]

James Duncan Carmichael was educated at elementary, secondary and high schools in South Shields, and served his apprenticeship with Carmichael Bros Ltd, Iron Founders and Engineers. He became Foundry foreman in 1913.

He saw war-service in France from 1915-19, serving with the Royal Engineers Workshop Unit and then with the staff of the Chief Engineer, First Army, when he attained the rank of Captain. He was awarded the O.B.E. and was mentioned in despatches.

In 1919 he returned to Carmichael Bros Ltd, as Works manager, becoming Director and General Manager in 1930, and Managing Director and Deputy Chairman in 1939.

Mr Carmichael was the first Honorary Secretary of the North Eastern Branch of the Institution which he served from 1932-45. He was very well known and respected in the North of England and also among members of the Ironfounding Associations. He held many other positions, in particular, he was Chairman of the North of England Iron Founders' Association, President of the National Ironfounding Employers Federation in 1940 and Vice-President of the Council of Ironfounding Associations in 1941.

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