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Thomas Hill (1871-1949)

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Thomas Hill (1871-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"THOMAS HILL was born in 1871, and served a four years' apprenticeship with the Bridgewater Navigation Co, at Runcorn, on the conclusion of which, in 1892, he was employed as a marine engineer for the next five years by Messrs. Goodyear and Company, of Liverpool. During this period he obtained his First-class Board of Trade Certificate.

In 1898 he secured an appointment as assistant power engineer to the Castner Kellner Electrolytic Co, of Runcorn, with whom he remained for eight years. He then joined the staff of Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., at Salford and, after working in the test department, was engaged on the erection and running of a generating station at Malaga, Spain. Finally he was appointed resident engineer for the firm's South Wales area, with responsibility for the installation of all new plant. In 1910 he became chief engineer to Messrs. Vivian and Sons, copper manufacturers, of Swansea, and after holding this position for fourteen years took up a similar appointment in the same town with Messrs. British Copper Manufacturers, Ltd. Subsequently he was appointed chief engineer at the Landore works of Imperial Chemical Industries, Ltd.

Since 1937 Mr. Hill had been living in retirement at Bristol, where his death occurred on 1st May 1949. He was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1905, and was transferred to Membership in 1925."

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