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William Kidd Davis

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William Kidd Davis (1882-1950)

1951 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM KIDD DAVIS, whose death, in his sixty-eighth year, occurred on 5th March 1950, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1921. After serving his time in the Inchicore works of the Great Southern and Western Railway, from 1898 to 1902, he saw service with Longford's Horse in the South African War. On the conclusion of hostilities he was employed in the shops and drawing office of the Central South African Railways for three years, and for a brief period was running-shed engineer with the Natal Government Railways at Ladysmith. From 1906 to 1910 he served at sea as marine engineer in ships of the Elder Dempster Line, rising from junior to senior second engineer. After holding various short appointments in Canada, including that of engineer to the Montreal Central Light, Heat and Power Co, Mr. Davis joined the Vulcan Boiler and General Insurance Company, Ltd., Manchester, in 1915, and remained with them as engineer surveyor, with headquarters at Dublin, for twenty-five years. He was then employed by the Irish National Insurance Company, Ltd., until his retirement in 1944."

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