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Wesley Craig

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Wesley Craig (1880-1948)

1949 Obituary [1]

"WESLEY CRAIG, who was born in 1880, received his education at the Manchester Municipal College of Technology and at technical schools in Hyde and Dukinfield. On the completion of a six years' apprenticeship with Messrs. Pollock and Macnab and the successor company, the Clayton Engineering Company, Ltd., of Hyde, in 1901, he successively filled positions as draughtsman to various engineering firms in Lancashire during the next six years. He then became assistant to the chief mechanical engineer of the Manchester Ship Canal Co and was closely concerned with the design and construction of various types of plant, ranging from electric cranes and capstans to steam tugs and dredgers.

In 1915 he was commissioned in the 5th Territorial Battalion of the Hampshire Regiment and in due course proceeded overseas, and was severely wounded in 1918. On his demobilization in the same year he rejoined the staff of the Manchester Ship Canal Co as assistant mechanical engineer, but two years later he moved to Cornwall and took up an appointment on the engineering staff of the English China Clays Company, Ltd., at St. Austell. On his return in 1925 from South America, where he had held a position for a brief period as field engineer to Messrs. Trinidad Leaseholds, Ltd., he established himself in St. Austell as agent and service representative for various engineering firms, including Messrs. Mather and Platt, Ltd., of Manchester, and continued in this work up to the time of his death, which occurred on 10th February 1948. Mr. Craig had been an Associate Member of the Institution since 1912."

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