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William Ernest Dalby (1874-1918)

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William Ernest Dalby (1874-1918)


1919 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM ERNEST DALBY was born at Torquay on 19th August 1874.

His scholastic training was received at Lincoln Grammar School and Aldenham Grammar School, Herts.

In 1892 he began a five years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Co., Gainsborough, and on its completion he became partner in the general engineering firm of Thompson and Dalby, at Frome, Somerset.

Three years later he enlisted in the Wiltshire Yeomanry on the outbreak of the South African War, and served two years, receiving a medal with four bars.

In 1902 he returned to England entered the drawing office and works of the Great Northern Railway Co., as draughtsman and fitter. In the following year he was engaged in the Running Department, subsequently being appointed assistant district locomotive superintendent at Colwick, near Nottingham.

In 1905 he was transferred to take charge of the Hornsey steam-shed under the London District Superintendent, and from there to the Grantham District in 1907.

In July 1913 he was made West Riding District Locomotive Superintendent with headquarters at Ardsley, where he was unfortunately knocked down by a locomotive in August 1914, and badly injured.

His death took place at Babbacombe, South Devon, on the 7th December 1918, at the age of forty-four.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1905.



Note: Some possible confusion with William Ernest Dalby

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