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John Horace Mills

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John Horace Mills (1888-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"JOHN HORACE MILLS was born at Derby in 1888, and attended schools at Sheffield and Derby between 1896 and 1903, and the Derby Technical College from 1904 to 1910. He served his apprenticeship from 1906 to 1910 in the locomotive works of the Midland Railway at Derby. On completing his apprenticeship he spent two years as draughtsman at the Masson works of Messrs. George Fletcher and Company, Ltd., Derby, where he was concerned with the design of sugar machinery. In 1913 he joined the staff of the Mirrlees Watson Company, Ltd., Glasgow, as chief draughtsman, and in 1914 he went to India where he was engaged on the erection of a sugar factory which was being built by this company.

From 1915 to 1918 he served in France and Egypt in the Leicestershire Regiment, first as a lieutenant; and subsequently he attained the rank of captain. At the end of this period he was invalided home through wounds from which he did not recover until 1920. He then held the post of chief draughtsman to the British Cellulose and Chemical Manufacturing Company, Ltd., Spondon, Derby, and he was engaged for two years on the design of chemical plant. In 1922 he joined the staff of Messrs. Manlove, Alliott and Company, Ltd., Nottingham, as assistant chief draughtsman and shortly afterwards he was promoted to the post of chief draughtsman. He remained with this company until his death, which occurred on 25th March 1939. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1925."

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