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Thomas Harold Robins

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Thomas Harold Robins (1893-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS HAROLD ROBINS, who was born in 1893, served his apprenticeship between 1908 and 1912 with various firms in Wolverhampton. During the following eight years he filled a number of short appointments with engineering concerns in the Birmingham area, amongst these being that of head foreman in the national shell factory at Dudley and foreman to the Austin Motor Company. After acting as foreman in the experimental department of Messrs. B.S.A. Tools, Ltd., Birmingham, and as works manager to Messrs. H.R.D. Motors, at Wolverhampton, he became in 1928 assistant works manager to Messrs. J. Sankey, Ltd., of Bilston, with control of production and the charge of the drawing office. He relinquished this position in 1937 and took up an appointment as works manager to Messrs. George L. Scott and Company, Ltd., engineers, of Croydon, with responsibility for the reorganization of the works, and subsequently became a director.

Three years later he was responsible for the complete removal of the works from the bombed area of Croydon to Shotton, near Chester, where he was largely instrumental in increasing the output of the works by his improvements in tool design and the introduction of new machinery, which was also to his own design. Mr. Robins, whose death occurred on 25th February 1948, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1936."

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