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John Nasmith

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John Nasmith (1877-1926)

1926/27 Obituary [1]

John Nasmith was born in 1877, and was educated at the Manchester Technical School. After being apprenticed to cotton mill engineering, he spent several years as draughtsman with a number of well-known electric and gas-engine firms, and then joined the British Westinghouse at Manchester, where he rose to be General Shop Foreman.

In February, 1910, he was appointed Machine-Shop Superintendent at Wolseley, a position which he occupied for ten years. During the last four years of his life be was Manager of the Birmingham Branch of Buck and Hickman, the well-known machine-tool makers. He was widely known in Midland engineering circles, and was for some years a member of the Birmingham Centre Committee of the Institution. He died on 19th November, 1926, at the age of forty-nine.

He was elected a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers in 1913.

1926 Obituary [2]

JOHN NASMITH received his technical education in Manchester, where he was born in 1877, and served his apprenticeship at the engineering works of Mr. G. Saxon of Openshaw for a period of four years.

During the following five years he served as draughtsman with four different firms, including Messrs. Crompton of Chelmsford and Messrs. Ferranti.

In 1903 he joined the British Westinghouse Co. as foreman of the transformer department, and in 1906 was appointed General Foreman in charge of coil and armature winding and the insulation and transformer departments.

In 1910 Mr. Nasmith returned to mechanical engineering, becoming Machine Shop Superintendent for Messrs. Wolseley Motors.

For the last four years of his life he was manager of the Birmingham branch of Messrs. Buck and Hickman, Machine Tool makers.

He died on 19th November 1926.

Mr. Nasmith became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1907, and a Member in 1913, and was a member of the Midland Branch Committee.

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