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Joseph Henry Woolcock

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Joseph Henry Woolcock (1867-1905)


1906 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH HENRY WOOLCOCK, born on the 20th January, 1867, was the son of the late Mr. Henry Woolcock, mining engineer, under whom he served his pupilage between 1883 and 1887.

In 1891, he was taken into partnership by his father, the firm practising under the style of Henry Woolcock and Son. On his father’s death, which took place in the following year, Mr. Woolcock became solely responsible for the extensive consulting practice of the firm, and had charge as Engineer and Manager of mines belonging to Fletcher’s High House Mining Compmy, Falcon Mining Company, Asby Colliery Company and the Dalmellington Iron Company. For the last-named company he superintended the sinking of a new shaft and designed pumping-engines and other machinery.

He also acted as Mining Engineer in the West Cumberland district to the London and North Western, and Furness Railways, and as consulting engineer to several mining lessors.

He was a Member of the North of England Institute of Mining and Mechanical Engineers.

At the time of his death, he was chairman of the St. Bees Gas Company, and for some years had done good work as a member of various local bodies.

In 1904, being then in failing health, he took his chief assistant, Mr. W. W. Smith, into partnership, the title of the firm being changed to Woolcock and Smith.

Mr. Woolcock died suddenly at St. Bees on the 30th December, 1905, aged 38.

He was elected an Associate Member of this Institution on the 7th February, 1893.



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