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John Frederick Corner (1854-1906)
1906 Obituary 
JOHN FREDERICK Cons. was born at Preston on 1st January 1854, and was educated at a local school.
In 1869 He began an apprenticeship of seven years with Messrs. Joseph Clayton and Sons, Soho Foundry, Preston, and afterwards remained with that firm for several years in the drawing office. He was also engaged during the evenings teaching engineering subjects at a Preston Science School.
In 1879 He was appointed engineer surveyor to the Vulcan Boiler and General Insurance Co., Manchester, for the Bristol District, and in 1883 he was transferred to the head office staff.
Subsequently he became the head of the engine department under the direction of Mr. J. F. L. Crosland, Chief Engineer.
This position he held until his death, which took place suddenly from heart failure at his residence in Manchester, on 4th June 1906, in his fifty-third year.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.