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Maurice Everett Unwin

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Maurice Everett Unwin (1876-1930)

1930 Obituary [1]

MAURICE EVERETT UNWIN, who was a Cousin of Dr. W. Cawthorne Unwin, Past-President, had been connected with Messrs. John Brown and Company of Sheffield since 1898, and was works manager and a local director of the firm. He was in charge of the armour department at the Atlas Works during the War.

Mr. Unwin was born in 1876 and received his technical education at University College, Leeds.

He was apprenticed for four years with Messrs. John Musgrave and Sons of Bolton before going to Sheffield.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1901 and he was a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

His death occurred at Reading, on 18th April 1930.

1930 Obituary[2]


The news of the somewhat sudden death of Mr. Maurice Everett Unwin, at Reading, on April 18 last, will be received with regret by many persons in the steel industry. Mr. Unwin, who was a local direotor, and had latterly been acting as works manager, of Messrs. John Brown and Company, Limited, Atlas Works, Sheffield, had been in the service of this firm for about 32 years. The younger son of the late Mr. E. Philip Unwin, and a nephew of Mr. William Cawthorne Unwin, F.R.S., he was born at Bradford on January 18, 1876, and received his general education, first at Bedford Grammar School, then at Giggleswick Grammar School, and finally at Yorkshire College, Leeds, in which latter institution he commenced his engineering studies. In 1893, at the age Of 17, he entered upon a five years’ apprenticeship at the Globe Ironworks, Bolton, of Messrs. John Musgrave and Sons, Limited. Mr. Unwin’s long association with Messrs. John Brown, of Sheffield, began in 1898, in which year he was appointed assistant engineer in charge of machine tools in the armour-plate machine shops of Atlas Works. A year later he became assistant manager of the armour-plate department, and was subsequently made responsible for the design, inspection during manufacture, and installation of new engineering plant for the armour-plate department, including heavy machine tools. In connection with the complete conversion of the existing plant to electric driving, he visited many of the principal works in the United States, Germany, and Austria, and studied the methods employed by them.

Mr. Unwin was promoted to the rank of manager of the North Department of the Atlas Works in 1904, and, while acting in this capacity, was in sole charge of hydraulic bending presses, furnaces and special heat-trcatment plant, and machine shops for the finishing and erecting of armour plates and gun shields. He also had Under his control machine shops engaged in the production of marine shafting, and turbine and gun forgings, and rolling mills turning out various sections. In addition, the manufacture of marine boiler furnaces was under his supervision. During the trying years of the European War, Mr. Unwin was in full charge of the armour-plate department, when armour of a most difficult type was successfully produced. He was appointed a local director of the company in 1919, and, as we have already stated, had latterly been acting as works manager. Mr. Unwin’s knowledge of the involved technique of armour-plate manufacture was profound, but, in addition to his technical abilities, he was a man of many parts and was much esteemed by those with whom he came into contact. Mr. Unwin Was elected an associate member of the Institution of Meohanical Engineers in 1901, and became a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1906. He was elected to full membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers on April 21, 1914."

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