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William Wood (1859-1924)

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William Wood (1859-1924)

1925 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM WOOD was born in 1859, and on completing his school education he served an apprenticeship, from 1875 to 1879, in the ironworks of Mr. Stephen Lewin, of Poole, Dorset, during which time he went through the various branches of mechanical engineering.

Later on he was articled to Mr. Jabez Church, of Westminster, in civil engineering, gaining thereby experience In the design and construction of gas and water works. He acted as Mr. Church's assistant and resident engineer on a number of works in various parts of the country, and thus became well versed in the parliamentary and legal procedure connected with such work.

On the completion of the Godalming Water Works, on which he was actively interested both in designing and in erecting, he was appointed engineer to the Gas Meter Co., Ltd., Kingsland Road, London, and he also established himself in private practice as a consulting engineer.

In the subject of water meters he was keenly interested, carrying out much work for the Metropolitan Water Board in that connexion.

During the War he was able to do good service by using his workshops in the production of aeroplane parts and other items much wanted. He also gave voluntary service in connexion with the testing of ammunition. Two of his inventions were accepted by the authorities - one a mask for protection against noxious gas, and the other a hand bomb-thrower.

Mr. Wood died after a long illness in November 1924, at the age of sixty-five.

He because a Member of this Institution in 1890.

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