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Seymour Nance Darlington

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Seymour Nance Darlington (1870-1944)

1870 Born the son of William Henry Darlington, General Manager of James Watt and Co, and his wife Annie Gummoe.

1871 Living at Weston Road, Handsworth, Staffs: William Darlington (age 27 born St. Austell), secretary to manager of a Company. With his wife Annie Darlington (age 25 born St. Austell) and their son Seymour D. Darlington (age 16 (months?) born Birmingham). Also his niece Mary G. F. Darlington (age 7 Months born Spain).[1]

1946 Obituary [2]

SEYMOUR NANCE DARLINGTON received his general education at St. John's College, Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, and his technical training at the Birmingham and Midland Institute. After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Boulton and Watt (later James Watt and Company), Birmingham, from 1886 to 1891, he gained further experience in the drawing office and was also employed as outside erector. Subsequently he acted as assistant manager during the liquidation of the firm.

From 1897 to 1900 he was concerned with the cycle industry in the Birmingham and London areas. He then became engineer and general manager to the Devon and Cornwall Cask Company and three years later accepted a similar position with Messrs. R. Johnson and Son, engineers, London. On the conclusion of a two years' engagement with the Birmingham Small Arms Company, Ltd., as tools salesman, he received an appointment, in 1908, with Messrs. Vickers, Ltd., Westminster, as publicity manager and tools salesman, and held these joint appointments until his retirement in 1931.

He was responsible for the building of the Princesses' Theatre, Crayford, which was erected for the workers of Messrs. Vickers during the 1914-18 war, and he also organized the firm's exhibit at the Ghent Exhibition of 1924 and at the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in the same year. Mr. Darlington, whose death occurred on 7th December 1944, in his seventy-fifth year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1928.

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