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William Hall Cook (1861-1924)
1924 Obituary 
WILLIAM HALL COOK was born at Stalybridge On 13th October 1861, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Taylor, Lang and Co., Ltd., of Stalybridge. During that period he studied at the local Technical School, and obtained premier awards in the City and Guilds of London Institute examinations.
After two years' service with Messrs. J. Carter and Sons, he returned to Messrs. Taylor, Lang and Co., and was employed from 1884 to 1887 in their machine tool department.
He was promoted to the managership in 1898, and held the post for six years, after which he started in practice as a textile machinery adviser, becoming part proprietor of Messrs. Spencer and Cook, Ltd., of Stalybridge, and afterwards Chairman of Messrs. Taylor, Lang and Co., Ltd.
His death took place at his residence in Heaton Chapel on 15th May 1924, at the age of sixty-two.
He became a Member of this Institution in 1901; he was also a Member of Council of the Institution of British Foundrymen, and was formerly on the Council of the Manchester Association of Engineers.
"The Late Mr. W. H. Cook.— We note, with regret, the death of Mr. William Hall Cook, well-known as a textile machinery engineer, which occurred at his residence, 434, Wellington-road, Heaton Chapel, on .May 15. Mr. Cook served his apprenticeship with. Messrs. Taylor Lang and Co., of Stalybridge, and at the same time took full advantage of the facilities afforded for technical education in that district, with the result that he received many of the premier awards in the City and Guilds examinations. After two years’ service with Messrs. J. Carter and Son, of Stalybridge, Mr. Cook returned to Messrs. Taylor, Lang and Co., and was employed from 1884 to 1887 in the tool department. He then undertook, the management of Messrs.' Robert Buckley and Co., of Stalybridge, where he remained until 1889, when' he joined Messrs. Brooks and Doxey as assistant manager. He was promoted to the managership in 1898, and held the post for six years, after which he started in practice as a textile machinery adviser. Mr. Cook was elected a member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1905, and he was a Member of Council of the Manchester Association of Engineers."