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William Hargreaves (d. 1947)

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William Hargreaves (c1893-1947) of Messrs. G. and J. Weir, Ltd.


1949 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM HARGREAVES at the time of his death, which occurred in his fifty-fourth year on 25th June 1947, was holding the responsible position of chief designer in the condenser department of Messrs. G. and J. Weir, Ltd., engineers, Glasgow, and had been connected with that firm for almost the whole of his professional career.

He was educated at the Belfast Municipal Technical Institute and the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. His practical training was obtained with Messrs. Harland and Wolff, Ltd., of Belfast, and with Messrs. Weir between 1910 and 1916. After three years' active service in the Royal Navy as engine-room artificer he returned to the latter firm as a draughtsman and for a brief period held the position of chief tool designer. He was then employed at sea as chief engineer and obtained his Board of Trade First-Class Certificate. Rejoining Messrs. Weir in 1922 he successively occupied positions as designer and technical estimator, assistant section leader in the drawing office of the condenser department, and entered upon his final appointment in 1935. In this position his duties were of a varied responsibility to the technical director including the design of condensers, land and marine feed systems, and the running of acceptance trials. He was also sometime lecturer at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. Mr. Hargreaves' election to Associate Membership dated from 1945.


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