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William Herbert Sollors

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William Herbert Sollors (c1889-1944)

1945 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM HERBERT SOLLORS, whose death in his fifty-fifth year occurred on 21st April 1944, was elected a Member of the Institution in 1927. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Fielding and Platt, Ltd., hydraulic engineers, of Gloucester, from 1902 to 1908, and during the same period attended the local technical school.

His first employment was as mechanical draughtsman in the submarine section of Messrs. Vickers, Sons and Maxim, Ltd., Barrow-in-Furness, where he continued his technical education for a further three years. In 1913 he went to Copenhagen as test engineer in the marine Diesel works of Messrs. Burmeister and subsequently, on his return, he became assistant works manager to the New Glasgow Works, in Glasgow.

After filling the position of engineer and works manager for four years to Messrs. L. B. Holliday and Company, Ltd., chemical manufacturers, of Huddersfield, where he was responsible for the layout of new works and the provision of plant for H.M. factory at Bradley, he began to practice on his own account as a consulting engineer, but in 1922 he went to Germany and, joining Messrs. Thyssen and Company was engaged on the development of a gas and oil turbine with a view to its production under licence in this country. From 1923 to 1925 he was chief engineer and draughtsman to Messrs. Reavell and Company, Ltd., of Ipswich, and was chiefly concerned with air compressing plant, both marine and stationary. He was also responsible for the design of a new type of vertical high-speed compressor. He then received an appointment as chief engineer and manager to Messrs. Browett, Lindley and Company at their London Works, in Manchester, with responsibility for the management of the works and the design of high-speed gas and oil engines.

Mr. Sollors' final position, which he held from 1934, was that of manager of the compressed air department of Messrs. Worthington Simpson, Ltd., engineers, of Newark-on-Trent.

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