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Thomas Wright (1866-1919)

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Thomas Wright (d.1919), general manager of the Dowson and Mason Gas Plant Co and partner of Smeeton-Wright Furnaces

1919 Obituary [1]

THOMAS WRIGHT was born at Wakefield on 30th November 1866.

He was educated at the school of the Leeds Mechanics' Institute and at the Yorkshire College, Leeds.

His apprenticeship was served from 1882 to 1887 in the shops and drawing-office of Messrs. Kitson and Co., Leeds, and on its completion he remained five years longer in the drawing-office.

In 1892 he was engaged as a draughtsman in the steel works of Messrs Bolckow, Vaughan and Co., Ltd., Middlesbrough, and in the following year he became chief draughtsman at the Holderness Foundry of Messrs. Priestman Brothers, Ltd., Hull, where he remained for five years.

In 1898 he transferred his services to Messrs Siemens Brothers and Co., Ltd., Woolwich, subsequently becoming production department manager, and in 1903 he was appointed works manager with the Premier Gas Engine Co., Ltd., Sandiacre, near Nottingham, which position he held until 1905, when he became general manager of the Dowson and Mason Gas Plant Co., Levenshulme, Manchester, and held this position for fourteen years.

1919 His death took place in London on 31st January 1919, at the age of fifty-two. Read his obituary in The Engineer 1919/02/07.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1903.

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