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George William Knight

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George William Knight (c1868-1945)


1946 Obituary [1]

GEORGE WILLIAM KNIGHT, whose death occurred on 14th February 1945, in his seventy-seventh year, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1923. He was educated at University College, London, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. John Penn and Sons (afterwards the Thames Engineering Works), of Greenwich, on the conclusion of which he was retained by the firm as supervisor in connection with the installation of plant at Gibraltar dockyard.

In 1903 he was made chief foreman and after holding this position for three years was appointed assistant works manager. He became works manager two years later with the control of about 1,500 employees and responsibility for the installation of machinery on several battleships and cruisers. In 1913 he received an appointment as works superintendent of the tramways central repair depot of the London County Council at Charlton. Mr. Knight was obliged to resign however, on account of ill health, in 1923. Subsequently, after recuperation, he became consulting engineer to Messrs. Hobdell, Way and Company, and finally acted in the same capacity for Messrs. Witty and Wyatt, engineers, up to the time of his death.


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