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William Henry Woodhouse

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William Henry Woodhouse (1815-1864)

1861 William Henry Woodhouse, 23 Parliament Street, Westminster.[1]

1864 June 25th. Died.[2]

1865 Obituary [3]

William Henry Woodhouse was born at Overseal, Leicestershire in 1815, and was originally intended for a country life, bat his inclination afterwards led him to take up civil engineering as a pursuit.

In 1844 he became connected with Mr. Liddell in the construction of the Leicester and Burton branch of the Midland Railway.

He afterwards became associated with the Submarine Telegraph Company; and haying gained some experience in the laying of submarine telegraph cables in the Irish Channel, went out during the war with Russia in 1854 in charge of the cable which was successfully laid and established as a submarine telegraph between Balaklava and Varna.

He subsequently joined the Atlantic Telegraph Company, and went out in 1858 in the "Niagara" for laying the western portion of the cable.

Upon his return to England, and pending the completion of the new Atlantic telegraph cable now in course of construction, he was engaged in various civil engineering works.

He became a Member of the Institution in 1861, and died in London on 25th June 1864, at the age of forty-nine.

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