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John Nicol Lindsay

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John Nicol Lindsay (1891-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"JOHN NICOL LINDSAY, who had been an Associate of the Institution since 1943 also held the same grade of membership of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

He was born in 1891 and served an apprenticeship with Messrs. A. F. Craig and Company, Ltd., Paisley, from 1907 to 1913, concurrently attending classes at the local Technical College. After gaining experience with various firms in Paisley he went to sea for six years and served as a marine engineer in ships of the British India Steam Navigation Company, Ltd. During this period he passed the examination for a second-class Board of Trade Certificate and was also on active service as an engineer sub-lieutenant in HMS Racefisher. The next two years were spent in the Diesel engine works of Messrs. Harland and Wolff at Glasgow, after which he was combustion and maintenance engineer for Messrs. J. and P. Coats, Ltd., Paisley, from 1921 to 1926. In 1926 he joined the staff of the Hull Corporation Electricity Department and was engaged as combustion engineer until 1929, when he took up his final appointment with the London Power Co at West Deptford. After acting as combustion and boiler-house charge engineer he was promoted, in 1931, to be engineer-in-charge. In this capacity he was responsible to the station superintendent for the running and maintenance of plant with a total horse-power of some 300,000. Mr. Lindsay's death occurred on 24th October 1949."

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