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William Woods (1895-1936)

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1936 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM WOODS was sales organizing engineer to Messrs. Wearn's Autoflex Drives, Ltd.

He was the son of William Woods Bey, of the Egyptian State Railways, and was born in Cairo in 1895 and came to England in 1909 to finish his education.

In 1912 he entered the Bedford works of Messrs. W. H. Allen, Sons and Company, Ltd., as an apprentice, and served until 1917, when he was placed in charge of the production of marine engines for minesweepers.

Shortly afterwards he enlisted as a fighting scout pilot and served with the R.N.A.S. and R.A.F.

In 1919 he joined the Hoffmann Manufacturing Company, Ltd., Chelmsford, as progress superintendent, and successfully introduced the system of monthly production schedules, based on time studies.

His work in connexion with sales organization commenced in 1922 when he was appointed commercial engineer to Messrs. Suzuki and Company, Ltd., London.

Five years later he joined Messrs. John Birch and Company, Ltd., as machinery department manager, and in 1929 he became assistant export sales manager to Messrs. Agricultural and General Engineers, Ltd., London.

He went to Grantham in 1933 to undertake confidential work in connexion with the export sales of Messrs. Aveling and Barford, Ltd., taking up his appointment with Messrs. Wearn's Autoflex Drives in the following year.

In 1935 he was elected an Associate Member of the Institution.

His death occurred on 14th May 1936.


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