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John William Hunter

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John William Hunter (1861-1924)

1924 Obituary [1]

JOHN WILLIAM HUNTER was born at Bury St. Edmunds on 5th April 1861, and was educated at the local Grammar School and at Great Yarmouth.

His early engineering training was gained at the works of Messrs. George Cornish and Co., of Bury St. Edmunds, where he spent his apprenticeship years 1878 to 1882.

This service ended, he was for some time engaged in the works of Messrs. J. and G. Rennie and Messrs. Maudslay Sons and Field, afterwards becoming draughtsman with Messrs. Archibald Smith and Stevens, hydraulic engineers, Battersea.

The years 1885-7 he spent at sea, gaining the Board of Trade certificate.

Subsequently, after some experience as draughtsman with Messrs. Woodhouse and Rawson, electrical engineers, he became in 1889-90 head draughtsman with Messrs. Latimer Clark Muirhead and Co.

After further experience as draughtsman with the Brush Electric Co., Messrs. Crompton and Co., and with Messrs. H. H. Vivian and Co., and as head draughtsman at the Vauxhall Iron Works, he spent the four years 1894-98 in engineering business on his own account.

Later on he acted as draughtsman to the British Westinghouse Electric Co., and in 1901 he became connected as engineer with the Edwards Air Pump Syndicate, Ltd., a position from which ill health compelled him a few years later to retire.

Mr. Hunter was an inventor of one of the early motor cycles.

His death occurred on lot July 1921, at the age of sixty-three.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1905.

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