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Wilfred Braybrook Dorsett

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Wilfred Braybrook Dorsett (c1888-1934) of the Woolwich Arsenal


1934 Obituary [1]

WILFRED BRAYBROOK DORSETT spent tile whole of his career at the Ordnance Factories of the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich.

He joined in 1902 as an apprentice in the chief mechanical engineer's drawing office, and served his apprenticeship proper from 1904 to 1908 in the shops and drawing office of the Royal Carriage Department. Subsequently he became an assistant in the mechanical engineering department, and was later appointed draughtsman. He received his technical education at Woolwich Polytechnic, and was awarded a Whitworth Exhibition in 1912.

In 1916 he was made supervisor in the mechanical department, where he was connected with the running and maintenance of steam locomotives, tractors, and motor lorries, and with the operation of the gas factory. For seven years he acted as supervisor at the Royal Filling Factories, where he was engaged on general problems and trials of explosive fillings; he also acted as technical assistant to the superintendent. He became a first-class draughtsman in 1925, and was engaged in gas supply and distribution and the installation of gas heating and lighting systems.

In 1930 he was promoted to senior draughtsman in the mechanical engineering department, since when his work had been chiefly in connexion with specifications for the purchase of machinery for the Ordnance Factories.

He held this position at the time of his death, which occurred on 2nd June 1934, in his forty-sixth year.

Since 1914 he had been a lecturer in engineering science and machine design at Woolwich Polytechnic.

Mr. Dorsett was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1913 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1916.

He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


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