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William Edward Knight

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William Edward Knight (c1873-1940)

1941 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM EDWARD KNIGHT attended technical classes at King's College, London, from 1888 to 1890, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Ruston, Proctor and Company, of Lincoln, from 1890 to 1896. After eight months' additional experience gained in the dynamo erecting department of Messrs. Allen and Company at Bedford, he entered the locomotive shops of the Great Northern Railway, Doncaster, where he remained until 1898. He then became acting locomotive superintendent of the Lagos Government Railway, West Africa, and was stationed abroad for the remainder of his career.

In 1899 he was appointed acting locomotive superintendent of the United Railways of Havana and held that position until 1907, when he became motive power superintendent to the Cuba Railroad Company in Camaguey. He then left Cuba for the U.S.A., and went into business on his own account, practising as a consulting engineer from 1917 until his death, which occurred at Richmond in Virginia on 9th December 1940, in his sixty-seventh year.

Mr. Knight was elected a Member of the Institution in 1903.

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