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James Oswald

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James Oswald (1867-1932), of J. Oswald and Son

1867 Born Pimlico, son of John Oswald and his wife Ellen[1]

1891 Joined his father's firm as a foreman in the machine shop and foundry - J. Oswald and Son

c.1895 Married Margaret; by 1911 they had had 4 daughters[2]

1895 Appointed works manager

1896 Junior partner in his father's firm

1909 Member of I Mech E. Was in sole control of the business, carrying out work under contract for many well-known firms; was also senior partner of Oswald and Potts (est 1900) of Sleaford St, engineers' pattern makers.

1911 Engineer and Ironfounder[3], of Sleaford Foundry, Nine Elms, London[4]

1923 Freeman of the City of London

1932 Died Marylebone, London

1932 Obituary [5]

JAMES OSWALD spent the early years of his career in Egypt with his father (Mr. John Oswald), who was chief engineer of the Ramle Waterworks. Owing to the bombardment of Alexandria, his family were compelled to return to England, and Mr. Oswald commenced to study under Professor Spooner at the Polytechnic, Regent Street.

He later became apprenticed to Messrs. James Simpson and Company and subsequently joined the general engineering business which had been founded by his father at Battersea.

Upon the firm being formed into a limited liability company in 1913, he was appointed managing director, and retained this position until his death on 1st March 1932, at the age of 64.

He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1907 and was transferred to Membership in 1911.

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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1911 census
  3. 1911 census
  4. UK Mechanical Engineer Records
  5. 1932 Institution of Mechanical Engineers: Obituaries
  • Mechanical Engineer Records