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George William Farmsby Horner

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George William Farmsby Horner (c1878-1947)

1949 Obituary [1]

"GEORGE WILLIAM FARMSBY HORNER had considerable experience as an electrical engineer and for twenty-six years was resident engineer and manager of the Leatherhead and District Supply Company, Ltd., both during its independent existence and after its absorption by the London and Home Counties Joint Electricity Authority in 1930.

He was educated at the Durham College of Science, and on the completion of a six years' apprenticeship in 1899 at the Blaydon Ironworks of Messrs. Harfield and Company, Ltd., found employment as a draughtsman with various engineering firms including Messrs. Armstrong Whitworth and Company, Ltd.

In 1903 he joined the staff of the Midland Railway's drawing office at Derby, where he remained for ten years. He then accepted an appointment as chief draughtsman to Messrs. Lever Brothers, Ltd., of Port Sunlight, and a year later became works engineer and joint assistant manager of the Whitehead Torpedo works at Weymouth. On vacating this appointment in 1920 he began his long connection with Leatherhead, which he maintained until his retirement in 1946. Mr. Homer's death occurred at Middleton-on-Sea, Sussex, on 24th November 1947, at the age of sixty-nine. He had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1927."

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