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Frederic James Walker

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Frederic James Walker (1856- )

1922 M.I.Mech.E., M.I.E.E., F.C.I.S., Mechanical and Electrical Engineer, 19, Carnaby Street, London, W. I.; b. 1856; s. of the late John Butterworth Walker, M.R.C.S., of London; m. in 188o, Helen Sarah Woodbine, d. of the late Major-General H. D. Cloete, Indian Staff Corps. Ed. Epsom College. Four years' apprenticeship in the Engineering Department of Palmer's Shipbuilding and Iron Company, Limited, Jarrow-on-Tyne; about eighteen months as Engineer on board ship, taking Board of Trade Certificate; took up marine and refrigerating engineering, and from February, 1879-82, was Resident Engineer and Manager of the Madras Ice Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; from 1882-4 was on the staff of Siddeley's, and amongst other works had sole charge of the refrigerating machinery exhibited by that firm at the Fisheries Exhibition; from April, 1884, to August, 1885, was Resident Engineer to the Snow Patents Co., Ltd.. in Palermo, Sicily; then for some years engaged in connection with the Railway Debenture Trust Co., Ltd. From the beginning of 1891 to March, 1912, was General Manager and Secretary of the St. James's and Pall Mall Electric Light Co., Ltd., and from March, 1912, has been Managing Director and Secretary; Director of the Kensington and Knightsbridge Electric Lighting Co., Ltd.; General Manager and Secretary of the Central Electric Supply Co., Ltd., since 1897; also Director since March, 1921; Chairman of the Paddington Green Children's Hospital; Member of Committee of St. John's Ambulance Association, etc. Member of the Royal Automobile Club.

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