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William Walker (1863-1930)

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1863 Born at Castle Eden, Co. Durham, son of William Walker 38, mining engineer and his wife Margaret A. Walker 39[1]

Trained as mining engineer

1885 First class certificate of competency as mining manager

Served as manager of several collieries

1889 Joined the Civil Service; appointed assistant inspector of mines.

1903 Read a paper at Institution of Mining Engineers on 'Electric Coal Cutting'

c.1914 Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines at the Home Office

1916 Appointed acting Chief Inspector of Mines in place of Sir Richard Redmayne was Chief technical adviser to the Controller of Coal Mines

1918 Writes re mineral statistics as Deputy Chief Inspector of Mines and quarries

1919 Appointed Chief Inspector of Mines in succession to Sir R. Redmayne[2] [3]

1920 As Chief Inspector of Mines, reported on the Minnie pit disaster at the Podmore Hall Colliery[4]

1921 succeeded by Thomas H. Mottram[5]

1921 Retired from the Civil Service

1922 Knighted[6]

1930 Died at home in Ashtead[7]

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. 1881 census
  2. National Archives
  3. The Times, Dec 13, 1919
  4. The Times, Jul 20, 1920
  5. The Times Jan 15, 1921
  6. The Times, Mar 07, 1924
  7. The Times, Aug 19, 1930