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Arthur John Henry Fitt

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Arthur John Henry Fitt (?-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"ARTHUR JOHN HENRY FITT, M.B.E., held the responsible position of chief turbine designer at the Queen's Engineering Works of Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons and Company, Ltd., of Bedford, for twenty-two years and was well known for his high proficiency in that branch of engineering.

His apprenticeship was served with Messrs. Ruston Proctor and Company, Ltd., of Lincoln, from 1905 to 1912, and during that period he attended classes at the technical school in the same city. Later he continued his education at the Rugby and Peterborough Technical Schools, and at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology. After gaining experience as junior draughtsman to the British Thomson-Houston Company, of Rugby, and as turbine designer to Messrs. Peter Brotherhood, Ltd., and the British Westinghouse Company, he became an inspector of aeroplanes for the War Office with the charge of a station.

Two years later he was appointed engineer in charge of design to HMS Vernon, Portsmouth, where he was closely concerned with mining and anti-submarine devices. After holding the post of turbine designer to Messrs. C. A. Parsons and Company, Ltd., Heaton Works, Newcastle upon Tyne, for five years, he began, in 1925, his long association with Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons and Company, which was only terminated by his death on 11th January 1948. Mr. Fitt was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919 and was transferred to Membership in 1924."

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