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John Robert Hitchon

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John Robert Hitchon (1876-1948)

1876 Born the son of Alfred Hitchon

1881 Living at 51 Steiner Street, Accrington: Alfred Hitchon (age 33 born Simonston, Lancs), Mechanic. With his wife Mary Hitchon (age 32 born Sawley, Yks) and their three children; Ughtred Hitchon (age 10 born Padiham); Edwin Hitchon (age 6 born Barrowford?, Lancs); and John R. Hitchon (age 4 born Barrowford?, Lancs).[1]

1949 Obituary [2]

"JOHN ROBERT HITCHON, whose death occurred at Birmingham on 30th August 1948, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1920, and was transferred to Membership in 1936.

He was born in 1876 and received his practical training with Messrs. Howard and Bullough, Ltd., textile machinists, of Accrington. During his apprenticeship he also attended the firm's technical classes, and those at the Municipal College in Accrington. On the conclusion of his training he continued with the firm for a number of years, being first made foreman, in which capacity he inaugurated a department for the manufacture of spindle blades.

He next became a junior member of the managing staff and in 1904 was appointed a director and sales manager of the Hitchon Gear and Automobile Co, Accrington.

After acting as night superintendent to Messrs. Howard and Bullough for seven years he took over the management of a department producing component parts. He relinquished this position in 1917 and joined the efficiency staff of the Austin Motor Car Company, at Birmingham. Later he was engaged on the production staff until his retirement in 1922. Subsequently he was actively associated with the Midland Branch and acted as an invigilator at the Institution examinations held in Birmingham."

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