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William Alexander Jeboult

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William Alexander Jeboult (1871-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM ALEXANDER JEBOULT, whose death occurred in November 1948, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1920.

He was born in 1871 and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Easton and Bessemer, Ltd., engineers, of Taunton, from 1892 to 1898. After two years' employment as draughtsman and machine tools expert to Messrs. Alfred Herbert, Ltd., of Coventry, he was appointed leading draughtsman to Messrs. Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies, of Ipswich, with whom he remained until 1905 when he joined Messrs. Chance Brothers, Ltd., glass manufacturers, of Smethwick. During his seventeen years' association with that firm he successively occupied the positions of chief draughtsman, works manager, and finally director of the lighthouse department. In this latter capacity he was responsible for the production of highly specialized and technical work, such as lighthouse optical apparatus and clock work, searchlights, and the grinding of mirrors for the latter. Since 1922 he had been the proprietor of the metal window works of Messrs. W. and J. H. Oldaker, of Smethwick."

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