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Joseph Cornelius Holmes

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Joseph Cornelius Holmes (1859-1931)

1932 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH CORNELIUS HOLMES, O.B.E. was chief engineer and works manager for the Morning Post for over forty years. He was responsible for many improvements in the machinery under his charge, and superintended the design and erection of the works at the successive offices of the newspaper.

Mr. Holmes was born in 1859, and in 1874 commenced a six years' apprenticeship at the London and South Western Railway locomotive works at Longhedge.

In 1881 he joined Messrs. James Simpson and Company, and was engaged upon the erection of pumping machinery and steam-engines at Lambeth and Brixton Hill Waterworks, and at Weybridge and Maidstone.

In 1886 Mr. Holmes joined Mr. James Atkinson and superintended an installation of compressed-air machinery at the Houses of Parliament.

Two years later he joined Messrs. Crossley Brothers of Manchester as chief inspector at their London branch.

During the General Strike in 1926 Mr. Holmes took an active part in the production of the emergency British Gazette, and was awarded the O.B.E. for this service.

He had been a Member of the Institution since 1908.

His death occurred on 27th May 1931.

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