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William Bertram Wood

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William Bertram Wood (1882-1944)

1946 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BERTRAM WOOD was born in 1882 and after receiving his general education at Thetford and Wellingborough Grammar Schools, entered the works of the Great Eastern Railway at Stratford as a pupil under the late Mr. James Holden, M.I.Mech.E. On the completion of three years' training he gained further experience in the drawing office and running department and later was attached to the staff of the works manager, where he remained until 1909.

In that year he joined Messrs. George Wood and Sons, timber merchants, of Brandon, Suffolk, and was engaged during the following five years in the supervision of the firm's machinery. During the war of 1914-18 he was on active service in France and after serving in an infantry battalion, was transferred to the Royal Engineers and rose to the rank of captain. After superintending the erection of an aerial ropeway at Dunkeld in 1919 he became, in the following year, senior partner in the firm of Messrs. Hanbury and Company, garage proprietors and motor body builders, of Thetford. Mr. Wood continued in business until his retirement in 1944, which took place only a few months before his death in August of that year.

He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1920.

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