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Haddon Wilkinson

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Haddon Wilkinson (c1882-1947)

1949 Obituary [1]

"HADDON WILKINSON, whose death occurred on 28th November 1947, at the age of sixty-five, was in the service of the British Engine, Boiler, and Electrical Insurance Company, Ltd., of Manchester, for thirty-nine years and had held office as chief engineer of the boiler department from 1928 until his retirement in 1944.

He was educated at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology, where he gained an honours certificate of the City and Guilds of London Institute for mechanical engineering. He served a three years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Smith Brothers and Eastwood, Valley Ironworks, Bradford, from 1897 to 1900, which was followed by a similar period at the works of Messrs. Benjamin Goodfellow, Ltd., of Hyde (later the Goodfellow Engineering Company, Ltd.), with whom he remained as engineering draughtsman for another year.

He then began his long connection with the British Engine, Boiler and Electrical Insurance Co in January 1905 with the post of technical assistant. Later he became assistant to the senior engineer of the boiler department and more recently held the same position under the senior engineer of the consulting branch. He was promoted to the post of chief assistant engineer in the former department of the Company in 1918. Mr. Wilkinson had been a Member of the Institution since 1937. For a number of years he served on committees dealing with the production of British Standards Specifications."

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