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William Henry Upton Marshall

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William Henry Upton Marshall (1870-1935)

1935 Obituary [1]

Captain WILLIAM HENRY UPTON MARSHALL, R.E. (T.A.), will be remembered by many members for his work for the Southern Branch of the Institution. He was a member of the Branch Committee from its inauguration in January 1931, and for the last half-year of his life he had undertaken the duties of Honorary Secretary of the Branch.

He was born in 1870 and was educated at St. Mark's College, London, after which he studied engineering at the City and Guilds Engineering College and King's College, London.

In 1887 he entered upon a two years' pupilage with Mr. Edward Perrett, of Westminster, and afterwards served for a year in the shops of the North London Engineering Company.

He was then employed as a draughtsman by various well-known firms, and in 1890 was engaged by Mr. A. A. Campbell Swinton, M.I.Mech.E., of Westminster, as personal assistant.

In 1896 he joined Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox as general assistant to the chief draughtsman, and two years later he became assistant engineer to the Westminster Electric Supply Corporation, Ltd.

From 1899 to 1909 he was employed by Messrs. Preece and Cardew, first as assistant engineer, and after 1904 as resident engineer at H.M. Dockyard, Portsmouth, where he took charge of the installation of electric light and power plant, the conversion of the workshops and yard travelling cranes from steam to electric drive, and the laying of the main feeder and distributor cables, the total cost of the scheme being £350,000.

After a short period in the London office of Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Company, he went into business on his own account as consulting engineer at Portsmouth, specializing in electric supply, heating, and ventilating schemes. In addition he acted as electrical adviser to the Commanding Royal Engineer, Weymouth, for whom he carried out several electrical supply installations. He also commanded the 606th Company of the Royal Engineers for about three years, and acted as officer in charge of signals.

Captain Upton Marshall was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1907 and was transferred to Membership in 1915.

He was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.

His death occurred on 14th January 1935.

1934/35 Obituary [2]

William Henry Upton Marshall was born in 1870 and received his technical education at evening classes attended at Technical Colleges in London. He was a pupil of the late Edward Perrott, M.I.C.E., and then served as an Improver with the North London Engineering Co., Ltd.

His subsequent appointments included that of Resident Engineer of Portsmouth Dockyard, and also Electrical Adviser to the C.R.E., Weymouth, and O.i/c of R.E. Machinery. During the latter part of his career he practised as a Consulting Engineer in the Portsmouth district.

He died on 15th January, 1935, at the age of 64.

He was elected a Member of the Institution in 1928.

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