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John William Young

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John William Young (1870-1939)

1939 Obituary [1]

"JOHN WILLIAM YOUNG was born in 1870 at Stamford, Lincs. Between 1875 and 1885 he attended a private school and Stamford Grammar School, and in 1886 he took a two-year course in mechanical engineering at Finsbury Technical College. He served his apprenticeship from 1888 to 1891 with Messrs. Richard Hornsby and Sons, Ltd., of Grantham, Lincs, receiving a general engineering training. On completing his apprenticeship he remained with this company and was employed mainly on experimental work. He had been chief of the experimental department for about twenty years when he left this firm in 1914. In this year he joined the staff of the Anglo-American Oil Company, Ltd., as a technical expert. He was first pot to charge of the experimental engines at Purfleet, kit shortly afterwards he was appointed chief engineer to the company. In this capacity he was responsible for all engineering work in connection with the company's depots, but he was principally engaged on the design and erection of large storage tanks and pipe lines. He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1915, and he died on 24th January 1939."

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