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William Henry Davies (1825-1898)

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William Henry Davies (1825-1898), one of the founders of the Exchange Telegraph Co

1899 Obituary [1]

CAPTAIN WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES was born in Swansea and died at his residence, 51, Tregunter Road, South Kensington, on the 2nd of June, 1898, aged 73.

He was one of the founders of the Exchange Telegraph Company in conjunction with the late Sir James Anderson and Mr. Cyrus Field, and had been its Managing Director until his death.

Captain Davies had been in the service of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company and the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, and it was while acting as agent for the latter at Aden that he rendered important service to the Government of the day in coaling the ships of the Abyssinian Expedition, receiving in recognition a service of plate from the Lords of the Admiralty. He was chief officer on board the Great Eastern on her maiden voyage to New York. He was a director of several prosperous companies.

He was elected an Associate on the 8th of January, 1873, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 23rd of February, 1888.

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