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William Winter (1884-1949)

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William Winter (1884-1949)

1951 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM WINTER, who was born in Hull in 1884, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1911 and transferred to Membership ten years later.

He received his general education at the Hull Grammar School and his theoretical training in engineering at the Technical College in that city, where he also served an apprenticeship with Messrs. Rose, Downs and Thompson, Ltd., general engineers, from 1899 to 1905.

After gaining further practical experience as assistant marine engineer to Messrs. T. Wilson, Sons and Company, Ltd., Hull, ship-owners, and as junior draughtsman to Messrs. Marshall, Sons and Company, Ltd., Gainsborough, he joined the London office staff of Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox, Ltd., as assistant engineer and draughtsman. His association with that firm lasted for eleven years, during which he was in charge of power plant contracts for the Victoria Falls and Transvaal Power Company, Ltd., Rosyth Dockyard, and the Corporation of Glasgow. After a short engagement as mechanical engineer to Mr. John Ver Mehr, Westminster, he became assistant general manager and chief engineer to the Anglo-Chinese Engineers Association, Ltd. From 1924 to 1928 he was in practice on his own account as a consulting engineer, specializing in schemes for dyeworks and chemical plant. This was followed by a brief tenure of the post of chief engineer to the Buell Combustion Company, Ltd., Westminster, before taking up, in 1929, an appointment as contracts engineer to the Victoria Falls and Transvaal Power Company, Ltd., with whom he remained until his retirement in 1946. Mr. Winter's death occurred on 22nd November 1949."

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