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Edward Phillips (1875-1939)
1939 Obituary 
"EDWARD PHILLIPS was born in 1875 at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. He was educated at the Newcastle upon Tyne Modern School, Rutherford College, Newcastle upon Tyne, and the Durham College of Science. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Robert Stephenson and Company, Ltd., Newcastle upon Tyne, from 1891 to 1892, and the Wallsend Slipway and Engineering Company, Ltd., Wallsend on Tyne, from 1892 to 1896.
The period between 1896 and 1901 was spent serving at sea in a number of ships, as a result of which he obtained a first class Board of Trade certificate. He then spent three years at the Newcastle upon Tyne Tramways Power Station as senior charge engineer, and in 1904 he became assistant engineer to The Hay's Wharf, Ltd., London. In 1905 he became assistant superintendent engineer, and in 1906 superintendent and managing engineer to this firm. At the time of his death on 13th January 1939 he was still holding the position of chief engineer in this firm. In this position he sponsored the first vessels propelled by internal combustion engines to be used for towing on the river Thames, and in later years he was responsible for the installation of refrigeration machinery on the wharves. He was elected a Member in 1918."