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George Welsby Deakin

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Captain George Welsby Deakin (1877-1916) of Beloe and Priest

1877 September 13th.Born at Birkenhead the son of Thomas Deakin, a wine and spirit dealer, and his wife Hannah

1911 Living at Hurstwood, near Burnley: George Welsby Deakin (age 33 born Birkenhead), Civil Engineer - Employer. With his wife Elizabeth Thompson Deakin (age 35 born Dublin) and their two children Thomas Ronald Welsby Deakin (age 6 born Talgarth, Bucks.) and Muriel Welsby Deakin (age 1 born Edenfield, Lancs.). Married 8 years. One servant.[1]


1916 Obituary [2]

Captain GEORGE WELSBY DEAKIN, R.E., was born at Birkenhead on 13th September 1877.

He received his scholastic education at Wirral College and Birkenhead School, and his technical education at University College, Liverpool.

In 1894 he began an apprenticeship with Messrs. Beloe and Priest, consulting engineers, Liverpool, and after its completion in 1898 he was engaged as assistant engineer to Mr. W. E. Thornhill on the Chester-Holyhead widening scheme of the London and North Western Railway.

After an illness of some months' duration, he returned to Messrs. Beloe and Priest in 1899, by whom he was engaged as chief assistant, and in the following year he acted for the same firm as resident engineer on the construction of Bebington Sewage Works.

On the completion of this work in the following year he became resident engineer for Arrol's Bridge and Roof Co. on the construction of the transporter bridge over the River Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn.

Subsequently he acted in a similar capacity on the Talgarth District Waterworks, Brecon, the Ashton swing bridge at Bristol, and the Gosport Waterworks aqueduct, etc.

In March 1915 he received a Commission as Captain (temporary) in the Royal Engineers, after training at Longmoor Camp, Aldershot, and from there he was transferred to the War Office, soon after being promoted to Staff Captain. Owing to the arduous nature of the work, which entailed the supervision of vessels constructed for the purpose of filtration and purification of water for the troops abroad, his health broke down, and phthisis developed.

He was removed to Trearddur Bay, near Holyhead, and afterwards to West Kirby, Cheshire, where his death took place on 21st March 1916, in his thirty-ninth year.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903, and was transferred to, full Membership in 1915; he was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society.


1916 Obituary [3]

GEORGE WELSBY DEAKIN, born on the 13th September, 1877, at Birkenhead, died at West Kirby on the 21st March, 1916.

On completing his training under Messrs. Beloe and Priest, of Liverpool, he was engaged by them for several years on varied engineering work in Cheshire.

He acted as contractor’s engineer on the construction of the Runcorn Transporter Bridge over the Mersey, and subsequently carried out water-supply and sewerage schemes and other work in Lancashire, Cheshire and Hampshire.

He joined the Royal Engineers in March, 1915, but relinquished his commission in February, 1916, on account of ill-health.

Mr. Deakin was elected an Associate Member on the 7th April, 1903


1916 Obituary [4]

CAPTAIN GEORGE WELSBY DEAKIN, R.E., was born at Birkenhead on 13th September, 1877.

He received his scholastic education at Wirral College and Birkenhead School, and his technical education at University College, Liverpool.

In 1894 he began an apprenticeship with Messrs. Beloe and Priest, Consulting Engineers, Liverpool, and after its completion in 1898 he was engaged as Assistant Engineer to Mr. W. E. Thornhill on the Chester-Holyhead widening scheme of the London and North Western Railway.

After an illness of some months duration, he returned to Messrs. Beloe and Priest in 1899, by whom he was engaged as Chief Assistant, and in the following year he acted for the same firm as Resident Engineer on the construction of Bebington Sewage Works.

On the completion of this work in the following year he became Resident Engineer for Arrol's Bridge and Roof Co. on the construction of the transporter bridge over the River Mersey between Widnes and Runcorn.

Subsequently he acted in a similar capacity on the Talgarth District Waterworks, Brecon, the Ashton Swing Bridge at Bristol, and the Gosport Waterworks Aqueduct, &c.

In March, 1915, he received a commission as Captain (temporary) in the Royal Engineers after training at Longmoor Camp, Aldershot, and from there he was transferred to the War Office, soon after being promoted to Staff Captain. Owing to the arduous nature of the work, which entailed the supervision of vessels constructed for the purpose of filtration and purification of water for the troops abroad, his health broke down, and phthisis developed. He was removed to Trearddur Bay, near Holyhead, and after to West Kirby, Cheshire, where his death took place on the 21st March, 1916, in his thirty-ninth year.

He was elected a Member of the Liverpool Engineering Society in 1899; he was also a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


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