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Walter Hepburn Wainwright (1875-1949)
1951 Obituary 
"WALTER HEPBURN WAINWRIGHT, who was born in 1875, was educated at the Coatbridge Technical School and at the Heriot Watt College, Edinburgh. He served his apprenticeship at the Summerlea and Mossend Steelworks, Lanarkshire, from 1890 to 1896, and for brief periods was erector for Messrs. Carrick and Ritchie, Ltd., of Edinburgh, and in charge of the drawing office for Messrs. Bruce Peebles and Company, Ltd., of Leith.
After acting as superintendent of public works for the Crail and Haddington Town Councils he became a draughtsman in the London office of Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox Ltd. was appointed chief draughtsman to Messrs. Mordey and Dawbarn, consulting engineers, Westminster, and three years later became assistant mechanical engineer to the Corporation of Edinburgh.
From 1915 to 1919 he was attached to the Ministry of Munitions as an inspector with the charge of a district, and for the next three years served under the Ministry of Health as a production officer. He then went into business on his own account as a mechanical engineer, continuing in this work until 1936 when he received an appointment as technical officer to the Special Areas Commission for Scotland. Following this appointment he became an inspector of munitions in Edinburgh. Mr. Wainwright was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1906, and was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His death occurred on 27th November 1949."