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George William Buckwell

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George William Buckwell (1863-1942)

1942 Obituary [1]

GEORGE WILLIAM BUCKWELL, Wh.Sc., was in the service of the Board of Trade as surveyor for thirty-eight years. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1896 and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Naval Architects. He was born at Brighton in 1863 and served his apprenticeship in the locomotive works of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway at Brighton under Mr. Stroudley from 1878 to 1881, and concurrently attended classes at the Brighton School of Science and Art, obtaining two medals and a Whitworth Scholarship at the early age of eighteen.

On the completion of his apprenticeship he continued in the service of the railway company as chief draughtsman and subsequently as foreman. From 1884 to 1889 he served at sea as marine engineer and obtained an extra first-class Board of Trade Certificate. In 1890 he gained the first place at the Board of Trade examination for the post of trade surveyor. He was appointed to Liverpool, and after serving subsequently at Sunderland and Barrow he was promoted to be senior surveyor and transferred to Glasgow in 1912. Seven years later he became principal officer of the eastern district of England, with headquarters at Hull, and continued to hold that position until his retirement in 1928.

Mr. Buckwell's death occurred at Liverpool on 20th February 1942.

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