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Richard Samuel Brookman

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Richard Samuel Brookman ( -1939)of R. S. Brookman


1939 Obituary [1]

We regret to learn of the death on March 13th of Mr. R. S. Brookman, founder and managing director of R. S. Brookman. Ltd., Loughborough.

Mr. Brookman was apprenticed at the Royal Small Arms Factory, Enfield. and subsequently became- a maintenance engineer with the London General Omnibus Company.

At the age of twenty-three he set up in business as a motor haulage contractor, and by 1914 had a fleet of five lorries. These vehicles, however, were commandeered by the authorities, and deliveries of new lorries being very long and doubtful, he began building machine tools, principally drilling machines.

In 1928 a new company was floated to build woodworking machines. The new firm concentrated at first upon one machine - the dovetailing machine.

In 1932 a hydraulic morticing machine was evolved.


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