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William Pennington

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William Pennington (c1874-1926)

1927 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM PENNINGTON died on the 4th August, 1926, in his fifty-third year.

Throughout his career in the Civil Service he was attached to the Post Office. He entered that service in 1889 and passed through its engineering grades to the rank of assistant superintending engineer, a rank which he attained shortly before his decease. The early years of his service were spent in Ireland.

In 1909 he crossed to England to take up duties in Somerset.

After a short period there, he was transferred to Wales, where, as an executive engineer, he took charge of the South-Western District, his centre being at Swansea. While there, in addition to many important works in connection with the telegraph and telephone services, he was responsible for the erection and installation of the Fishguard wireless station in the earlier days of wireless telegraphy.

During the War, in addition to his normal duties, much of his time was spent in cable-laying and repairs in connection with the defences of Milford Haven and Pembroke Dockyard, work which as a rule is carried out by a special department of the Service.

In 1923 he was transferred to London to take charge of the City External Section at a time when extensive work in connection with the installation of new telephone exchanges was in progress.

He was elected an Associate Member in 1921 and became a Member later in the same year.

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