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William Laurence Woodcock

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William Laurence Woodcock (1906-1937)

1937 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM LAURENCE WOODCOCK, whose untimely death occurred on 6th July 1937, in his thirty-first year, was director of the Phoenix Foundry of Messrs. W. Woodcock, Sons and Company, Ltd., St. Helens, in which town he also received his general and technical education.

From 1925 to 1930 he served his apprenticeship at the Phoenix Foundry, with which he was connected for the remainder of his life. In the latter year he was made acting foreman in the machine shop, and shortly afterwards he became assistant works manager. For about a year he also lectured on engineering drawing at St. Helens Municipal Technical School. At the Phoenix Foundry he was chiefly concerned with the design of glass-making machinery and bottle moulds, also machinery for brickworks, potteries, collieries, etc. He was also directly responsible for carrying out extensions to the works, and was appointed a director of the firm only three months before his death.

Mr. Woodcock was elected a Student of the Institution in 1928. He was transferred to Graduateship in 1931 and to Associate Membership in 1937.

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