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William Silver Hall (1844-1906)


1906 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM SILVER HALL was born at Isley Walton, Leicestershire, on 17th June 1844.

His education was received at Repton School and Brighton College.

In 1863 he was apprenticed to Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., of Manchester, and obtained in 1870 a Whitworth Exhibition and Scholarship.

In the following year he was appointed engineer to the Babbington Collieries, Nottingham, which position he held until 1873, when be became a partner in the firm of Hall, West and Co., Abbey Works, Nuneaton.

In 1880 he entered into partnership in the firm of Hall and Clarke, Canal Street Iron Works, Derby.

In 1889 he proceeded to Japan and became a member of the firm of Takata and Co., engineers of Tokyo and London. He was also Professor of Engineering in the Tokyo University.

After leaving his firm in 1894 he devoted a great deal of his time to patent work, in which he bad an extensive practice.

In 1878 he contributed a Paper to this Institution on "Drilling Machines used for Boiler Work," and was a frequent contributor to engineering journals on technical subjects. For a few months in the year 1884 he assisted in the work of this Institution, chiefly in the editing of the Proceedings.

His death took place at Kariwzawa, Japan, on 26th July 1906, at the age of sixty-two.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1871; and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.


1906 Obituary [2]

By the death of Mr. William Silver Hall, M.Inst.C.E., at his house in Tokyo, Japan, on July 26th, another of the men who may claim to have been among the early instructors of the Japanese has passed away.

He was one of those Englishmen who have known how to gain and keep the confidence of the enterprising and astute people of Japan, and was one of the last to be retained in that country as responsible engineering adviser to one of the three leading Japanese merchant firms.

For very many years he held this position with Messrs. Takata and Co., and although he left them some years ago . . . [More]


1907 Obituary [3]





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