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William Hawthorne, Electrical engineer
c.1878 Born in Kircubbin, Co. Down
Educated at Queen's University, Belfast
1903 Started work in electrical engineering under Charles Merz
1905 Worked on the electrification of railways around Newcastle
c.1906 Became a member of the firm Merz and McLellan. Member of Inst Civil Engineers
1912 Married Elizabeth Curle Greenfield in Newcastle
WWI Served in Army Supply Equipment Organisation, working on petrol electric locomotives and mobile power stations and generating plant
Involved in development of electricity supplies in many countries.
In the later years of his career he was mainly involved in planning the Galloway Hydro-Electric scheme.
c.1953 retired from Merz and McLellan
1957 Died at Esher in Surrey
1957 Obituary