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Joseph Ashworth Boorman

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Joseph Ashworth Boorman (1855-1912) of Greenwood and Batley

1912 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH ASHWORTH BOORMAN was born at Heywood, Lancashire, on 3rd December 1855.

He was educated at the Lancastrian School and Mechanics' Institute, Manchester, and the Manchester School of Art evening classes.

At the age of fifteen he began an apprenticeship of seven years at the works of Messrs. J. and J. Kershaw and completed it at the machine-tool works of Messrs. Craven Brothers, Manchester.

In 1877 he was engaged as assistant foreman with Messrs. John Elce and Co., machinists, Manchester, and two years later he became chief foreman in the tool department of Messrs. Greenwood and Batley, Leeds. This position he held until 1888, when he was appointed chief representative for the firm.

After having been over thirty-one years with Messrs. Greenwood and Batley, he resigned his post in 1910 to commence business on his own account in Leeds as engineering merchant and agent; and was making good progress in building up a connection when his death took place suddenly, at Blackpool, on 31st August 1912, in his fifty-seventh year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1895.

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