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Thomas William How

From Graces Guide

Thomas William How (1857-1939) M.I.Mech.E., F.C.I.S.

1857 Born son of Thomas How, gas engineer, Richmond, Surrey

1871-6 Educated privately.

1873-5 Trained in the drawing office of James Samuel M Inst C E, consulting engineer of the Great Eastern Railway and the Mexican Railway

1875-1904 Assistant to Sir William Shelford

Design and constructed the Hull and Barnsley Railway in conjunction with W. Shelford. Also in connection with the construction and equipment of the West African Railways.

1881 Married Agnes Jane Clark in Southwark[1]

1886-90 Engineer of the Sicilian Sulphur Co

1896-1903 Manager of the Roller Bearings Co

1898 Thomas H. How was described as secretary of the Roller-Bearings Co, London.

1903-11 subsequently Managing Director of the Empire Roller Bearings Co., of Westminster, with works at King's Lynn.

1904 Responsible for selection and appointment of staff for the operation of the West African Railways.

1904-16 In practice on his own account as Consulting Engineer at 15-17, Victoria Street, S.W.1, on tramway construction and water supply.

1909-11 Joint MD of the Horsfall Destructor Co of Pershore

1912 Member of I Mech E

WWI Superintending Engineer for south-east and south-west districts of London for Ministry of Munitions, in charge of four Government Bonds for inspection of shells, and as Assistant Inspector attached to Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

1916 Married Helen Read, of Denmark Hill, S.E.

1922 Mechanical and Consulting Engineer, 13, Victoria Street, Westminster, London, S.W.1

1939 Died in Surrey[2]


  • NB the information given in the 1922 bio is not consistent with the proposal to become a member of I Mech E and other sources so the 1922 bio has not been treated as a prime source of information.





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Sources of Information

  1. BMD
  2. BMD
  • Mechanical Engineer records