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Joseph James Carter

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Joseph James Carter ( -1952), vice-chairman of Crossley Brothers and chairman of its subsidiary, Crossley-Premier Engines

1952 Obituary [1]

We record with deep regret the death of Mr. Joseph James Carter, of 273, Inner Promenade, Fairhaven, Lytham St. Annes, which occurred on May 7th.

Mr. Carter was particularly well known in the British oil engine industry, and was vice-chairman of Crossley Brothers, Ltd., and chairman of its subsidiary, Crossley Premier Engines, Ltd.

Mr. Carter joined Crossley Brothers, Ltd., in Manchester, as a boy more than sixty years ago, and from small beginnings made his way to a leading position in the oil engine industry. Throughout his long career Mr. Carter was extremely active, particularly in the years of depression between the two world wars. He was one of those who then took a prominent part in bringing together in co-operation and understanding firms in this country engaged in diesel engine manufacture.

That co-operation has continued and led ultimately to the formation of the British Internal Combustion Engine Manufacturers' Association, of which Mr. Carter was a founder member.

He was also a past-president of the British Engineers' Association, and had served on the Grand Council of the Federation of British Industries.

For thirty-five years Mr. Carter was managing director of Crossley Brothers, Ltd. He retired from that position in April last year, owing to failing health, but to the end he took a keen interest in the affairs of the business to which he had given so many years of faithful service.

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