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William Ernest Gray

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1860 Born in Bonhill, Scotland

1871 Matthew Gray 50, manager of telegraph works, lived in Greenwich with Agnes Gray 45, Robert K. Gray 19, electrician, Mathew Gray 16, John K Gray 15, Bettina A Gray 13, Christian H Gray 12, William E Gray 10[1]

1877-8 Studied at University College, London

1878-9 Continued his education in France and Spain

1880 Started work under his father Matthew Gray, A. M. I. C. E., in London, accompanying his father to Canada and USA.

1881 Started work at the Telegraph works of the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co; sent to France to represent the company at Electrical Exhibition; also advised the French government on the electrical works then being erected

1882 In charge of the torpedo and electric light departments at Silvertown, working on electrical lighting and transmission of power and batteries.

1888 of Telegraph Works, Silvertown, became an Associate member of Inst Civil Engineers

1890 Member of the Inst of Electrical Engineers

1901 William E Gray 40, civil engineer, lived in Charlton, with Edith G Gray 32, Edith M Gray 4[2]

1910 With Stuart Arthur Russell, also a civil engineer (also employed by the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co., Ltd.), and Walter Frederick Anderson, an electrician of Buckhurst Hill, patented improvements in systems for distribution of electrical energy, particularly relevant to railway lighting using a dynamo and batteries.[3]


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Sources of Information

  1. 1871 census
  2. 1901 census
  3. The Engineer 1911/11/24
  • Civil engineer records