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George Percy William Stedman

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George Percy William Stedman (1870-1946)

1947 Obituary [1]

"Captain GEORGE PERCY WILLIAM STEDMAN, who was born in 1870, received his practical training from 1884 to 1891 in the pattern and fitting shops of the late Mr. P. Griffiths's iron foundry at Reading, where he continued as assistant and manager in charge of outside work for a further seven years. He then became manager at the Railway Ironfoundry and Engineering Works, Reading, with a varied responsibility, which included the maintenance and repair of a wide range of light and heavy machinery for biscuit manufacturers and the production of castings of all types. In addition he supervised the installation of new and improved power plants. From 1907 to 1914 he was lecturer in mechanical engineering at University College, Reading. Capt. Stedman, whose service with the Volunteer Force and Territorial Army dated as far back as 1890, was mobilized at the outbreak of the 1914-18 war and after serving two years in the ranks of the Royal Berkshire Regiment (T.) was transferred to the Royal Ordnance Corps and granted a commission. He was posted to Cork and promoted to the rank of Captain in 1918, remaining on the active list until 1932. Subsequently he took up an appointment as chief technical assistant in the experimental department of the Wayne Tank and Pump Company, Ltd., of Sydenham. This position he retained until his retirement, owing to ill health, some two or three years later. Capt. Stedman, whose death occurred on 17th September 1946, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902 and was transferred to Membership in 1921."

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