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Walter Markby

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Walter Markby (1865-1924)

1925 Obituary [1]

WALTER MARKBY was born in London in 1865 and died suddenly from heart failure at his home in Paddington on the 29th November, 1924.

He was apprenticed at the Bow Works, going through the fitting shop and drawing office, and went direct from there, in June 1890, to the Metropolitan Electric Supply Co. under Mr. Frank Bailey. He remained all his life in the service of this company.

Starting in the drawing office, he transferred as an engineer in charge of the old underground generating station at Whitehall to Manchester-square station in 1892.

In 1893 he became superintendent engineer at Whitehall Court and in 1894 superintendent at the company's Amberley-road station, being in 1902 transferred to the main generating station at Willesden as superintendent and, upon the retirement of Mr. J. S. Highfield in 1916, was appointed chief engineer of the company, which position he held to within a few months of his death. Owing to an accident when very young, he was rendered permanently lame.

He was a man of very retiring disposition, whose every effort was centred in his work; consequently he was not very well known to the electrical profession. That he was extremely kind-hearted and greatly esteemed by his employees was evinced by the fact that every man who could be spared attended the memorial service held in St. Saviour's Church, Paddington, upon the occasion of his funeral.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1891, an Associate Member in 1899, and Member in 1905.

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