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Major William Frederick Price (1873-1942) R.E., T.D., Mechanical and Electrical Engineer

1873 Born.

Educated at Owens College and Manchester Technical School.

With Stevenson and Co., Preston, and National Electric Supply Co., Preston.

1895-8 Draughtsman, Clayton Foundry Co., Manchester

1896 of Wyresdale, Wilbraham Road, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester

1898-1910 Contract Engineer, Callender's Cable Co.

1910-4 Assistant Engineer Manager, Callender's Cable Co., Engineering Department.

WWI August, 1914, to January, 1915— Divisional Officer, Royal Engineers, Liverpool.

1915 January to August — Field Engineer, Mersey Defences.

1915 August, 1915, to January, 1918 — Chief Instructor in Fortifications, Royal Engineers' Training Centre, Deganwy.

1918-9 Italian Expeditionary Force.

1922 Callender's Cable and Construction Co., Picardy Works, Belvedere, Kent.

1943 Obituary [1]

Major WILLIAM FREDERICK PRICE, T.D., had an extensive experience as an electrical engineer. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Stevenson and Company, Preston, from 1889 to 1892, and during the next two years gained experience with the National Electric Supply Company, first as improver and subsequently as shift engineer.

From 1895 to 1898 he was electrical engineer to the Clayton Foundry Company. In the meantime he had for some years been attending Manchester Technical School and was awarded the Silver Medal and Goldsmiths' Company's prize in the City and Guilds (honours) electrical examination for 1897. In the following year he began a connection with Messrs. Callenders Cable and Construction Company, Liverpool, which lasted for some thirty years until his retirement in 1930, his first appointment being that of assistant engineer for cable laying contracts. In 1910 he became chief draughtsman, a position which he held till 1914 when he was mobilized with his unit of the R.E., and later saw service in Italy.

On his return to Messrs. Callenders in 1919, he was engaged on the design and erection of plant for the manufacture of high-tension cables, and during the last nine years of his association with the company he held the appointment of travelling inspector. Major Price had a long connection with the Volunteer and Territorial Forces, R.E., and was awarded the Territorial Decoration.

He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1893 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1899. His death occurred in his sixty-eighth year on 16th May 1942.

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