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Samuel William Corns

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Samuel William Corns (c1878-1940)

Assistant Electrical Engineer (Generation), L.P.T.B., Neasden Works, Neasden, N.W.10.


  • Finsbury Inst. E.C.;
  • 1894-98 Apprenticeship, Davies Brothers and Co., Wolverhampton, Constructional Engineers.
  • 1898-03 E.C.Co., Wolverhampton, Improver and Draughtsman.
  • 1903-04 B.T.H. Co., Rugby, Draughtsman.
  • 1904 Assistant and Draughtsman to Carriage and Wagon Superintendent Metropolitan Railway Co.
  • 1906 Chief Draughtsman to Chief Electrical and Mechanical Engineer Metropolitan Railway.
  • 1913 Assistant Engineer.
  • 1921 Assistant Electrical and Mechanical Engineer.
  • 1923 Chief Assistant Electrical Engineer.
  • 1937 Appointed Officer of L.P.T.B. Responsible for Neasden Gen. Station, Met. Section. Elect. Generation.

1940 Obituary [1]

SAMUEL WILLIAM CORNS received his technical education at the Wolverhampton School of Art and at the Finsbury Technical College, and served his apprenticeship from 1894 to 1898 in the drawing office and estimating departments of Messrs. Davies Brothers and Company, Ltd., constructional engineers, at Crown Works, Wolverhampton. From 1898 to 1903, he was employed as draughtsman in various departments of the drawing office of the Electric Construction Company, Wolverhampton.

After a year with the British Thomson Houston Company, Ltd., Rugby, in the capacity of draughtsman, he went to the Metropolitan Railway where he remained until his death which occurred on 22nd February 1940, in his sixty-second year. His first appointment with the Metropolitan Railway was that of a draughtsman in the carriage and wagon department. In 1900 he became chief draughtsman in the electrical and mechanical department, and seven years later was made assistant electrical mechanical engineer, a position which he held until 1933. He was then appointed assistant electrical engineer, in charge of Neasden power station.

Mr. Corns had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1910 and was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

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