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William Richard Thomas Cottrell

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William Richard Thomas Cottrell (1873-1907)

1907 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM RICHARD THOMAS COTTRELL, born on the 22nd August, 1873, was educated at Bristol, and subsequently pnrsued his studies at the Central Technical College, London.

In 1893 he was apprenticed to Messrs. Easton, Anderson and Goolden, of Erith, with whom, on completing his articles, he remained until 1898, taking charge of their electrical testing department during the latter part of his service.

After temporary employment under the London County Council, he became an Assistant Engineer in 1900 on the construction staff of the London United Tramways, afterwards becoming Chief Assistant Engineer.

From June, 1903, until his health broke down in 1906, he filled a similar position on the staff of the Central London Railway.

Having developed tuberculosis, he was sent for treatment to a sanatorium, and afterwards to Switzerland, where, after a temporary improvement, he died on the 4th February, l907, in his thirty-fourth year.

Mr. Cottrell was elected an Associate Member of The Institution on the 4th March, 1902.

1907 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM RICHARD THOMAS COTTRELL died at Arosa, Switzerland, on February 4, 1907, in his 34th year.

He was educated at Bristol, and matriculated at the London University in 1890, subsequently going through an electrical engineering course of instruction at the City and Guilds' Central Technical College, South Kensington.

After spending a short time of pupilage with Messrs. Veritys', Ltd., he served as an apprentice with Messrs. Easton, Anderson & Gouldon, Ltd., and remained in their service until 1898.

For a short time he acted as Temporary Assistant on the staff of the London County Council, and then obtained an appointment as Assistant Engineer on the Construction Staff of the London United Tramways (1901), Ltd.

In 1903 he became Chief Assistant Engineer to the Central London Railway, a post which he held until his health broke down.

In the latter part of 1906 he was obliged to give up work, having been ordered abroad for the benefit of his health.

Mr. Cottrell was an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and was elected an Associate of the Institution of Electrical Engineers in 1896. He was transferred to the class of Associate Members in 1899.

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