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William Wilson Shaw

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William Wilson Shaw (1866-1906)

1906 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM WILSON SHAW was born in Glasgow on 22nd May 1866, and was educated at Stoke-on-Trent.

He served an apprenticeship from 1881 to 1887 at the works of Messrs. Shenton and Son, of Fenton, Staffordshire, and during this period attended science classes in the evenings at the Mechanics' Institute, Hanley.

In 1887 he became a draughtsman in the works of Messrs. Renshaw, King, and Terry, at Kidsgrove, with whom he remained until 1891, when he went to the firm of Messrs. Silvester and Co., of Newcastle-under-Lyme, in the same capacity.

In the following year he was appointed chief draughtsman in the works of Messrs. Cowlishaw, Walker, and Co., of Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent. This position he held until 1891, when he was engaged as an inspector for the National Boiler and Insurance Co., of Manchester. In due course he became their senior inspecting engineer for the London district.

While carrying out an examination of a thermal storage vessel at the East Greenwich station of the South Metropolitan Electric Power Supply Co., the whole end-plate was blown out and caused his immediate death, which took place on 20th December 1906, at the age of forty.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1903.

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