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John Proctor Woodhead

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John Proctor Woodhead (1843-1883)

See Penistone Railway Accident


1884 Obituary [1]

JOHN PROCTOR WOODHEAD was born at Ovenden near Halifax on 5th September 1843, and served his time at the works of Messrs. Joseph Whitworth and Co., Chorlton Street, Manchester, under Mr. William W. Hulse, acquiring a good practical knowledge of mechanical drawing and construction.

Subsequently he was for several years in the service of Mr. Hulse, engaged professionally in engineering work and valuations.

About ten years ago he commenced business in Manchester on his own account, as consulting engineer and valuer, and afterwards also as assessor of fire losses for insurance companies; in the latter capacity he acquired the highest reputation for able, judicious, and honourable assessment.

His death took place on 16th July 1884, in the forty-first year of his age, when he was one of the passengers killed in the railway accident at Penistone.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1873.

He was a Member of the Manchester Insurance Institute, and for two years chairman of the Manchester Association of Employers, Foremen, and Draughtsmen.


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