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Wyndham Webb Withers

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Wyndham Webb Withers (c1909-1949)

1950 Obituary [1]

"WYNDHAM WEBB WITHERS, B.Sc., received his early education at Leeds Grammar School, and after some training at the School of Commerce at Lausanne, continued his studies at Leeds University, where he graduated B.Sc. in electrical engineering in 1931. His apprenticeship was served in various works during his college vacations. He then joined the staff of Messrs. Flather and Company, Ltd., electrical engineers, of Leeds, and held the post of general assistant to the works manager until 1937, when he became a technical assistant in the engineering department of the Royal Ordnance Factory at Nottingham. He was transferred later to the production office, and finally was employed in the engineering department of the factory at Birtley. He left England in 1939 to take up the appointment of assistant works manager at the metal and steel factory of the Indian Ordnance Service, Ishapore, Bengal.

Subsequently he was appointed works manager, in which capacity he was responsible to the superintendent for the maintenance of the entire plant, buildings and estates, in addition to the provision of all services. His final position, which he held from early 1948, was that of electrical and mechanical engineer to Messrs. George Wimpey and Company, Ltd., Civil Engineering Construction Division attached to the Kuwait Oil Company, Ltd., in the Persian Gulf, and in this position, he had the respect and confidence of all those who came in contact with him. Mr. Withers, whose death occurred on 20th February 1949, at the early age of forty, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1945. He was also an Associate Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers."

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