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SH.1994.54.1
Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Engineer's tool box used by the donor and his father during their working lives. John Henry Hilton, the donor's father, was born in Newton-le-Willows, Lancashire in 1889 and died in Coventry in 1955 (aged 66). He married Lucy Jane Harrison of Leigh, Lancashire Aug 1914. He came to Coventry and worked as a skilled turner, then as a jig borer at the Ordnance Factory, Red Lane. Towards the end of the 1st World War he was made a foreman for a time, on the big Naval Guns, until work finished in 1919 and most of the workforce was laid off. He then worked for the Singer Motor Company in Canterbury Street for eighteen years as a jig borer extensively on engine development; this was followed by fifteen years at Coventry Climax Engines as a toolroom jig borer. His tools bear his name - 1" micrometer, 2" micrometer, engineers square and protractor. Thomas Hilton ENG AMIE Freeman of Coventry (donor), left school in 1939 aged 14 and became an apprentice turner at Alfred Herbert Ltd. In 1947 he became a machinist at Hearsall Patterns, metal patternmaking. In 1959 he started teaching apprentices at Dunlop. He retired in 1988, having become a training officer coordinator for undergraduates, apprentices, adults and trainees.
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