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William Wikeley Clayton

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William Wikeley Clayton (1848-1901)


1901 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM WIKELEY CLAYTON was born in Leeds on 4th December 1848, and was educated at the Grammar School in that city.

After serving his apprenticeship with Messrs. Hudswell, Clarke, and Co., Railway Foundry, Hunslet, he went into the drawing office for a period, and was then appointed works manager.

He was subsequently taken into partnership with the surviving partner, Mr. John Clarke.

On the death of the latter, he became sole proprietor, and, on the conversion of the firm into a limited company, he was appointed managing director.

For some years he was a member of the Leeds Board of Guardians. Having caught a chill while on a journey, pneumonia supervened, and his death took place at his residence in Leeds on 26th October 1901, in his fifty-third year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1882; he was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and of the Iron and Steel Institute.


1901 Obituary [2]

WILLIAM WIKELEY CLAYTON died on October 26, 1901, at his residence, Gipton Lodge, Leeds, after a short illness, at the age of fifty-three. He received his early education at the Leeds Grammar School, after which he was apprenticed to the firm, then Hudswell and Clarke, with which he was subsequently so long connected. He was soon appointed works manager, and, at the decease of one of the partners, was taken into partnership by the survivor, Mr. John Clarke. On the death of the latter Mr. Clayton became the sole proprietor until the conversion of the firm into a Limited Liability Company, but he continued his connection with the firm up to the time of his death as managing director. He took an active part in the management of the public affairs of his native city, and was for a number of years a member of the Leeds Board of Guardians. He was a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

He was elected a member of the Iron and Steel Institute in 1892.


1902 Obituary [3]



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