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Frederick John Williams Bethell

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Frederick John Williams Bethell (1876-1926)

1926 Obituary [1]

FREDERICK JOHN WILLIAMS BETHELL was born in London OD 18th September 1876, and was educated at the Borough Road College.

He served his apprenticeship during the years 1891-96 with Messrs. W. H. Allen and Sons, engineers, Lambeth (now of Bedford), and during that period, and subsequently, pursued a course of studies in technical subjects at the college in the Borough and at the Goldsmiths' Institute, Lewisham.

After the termination of his indentures he gained much practical experience as fitter and erector with various engineering firms in London and neighbourhood, including Messrs. Maudslay, Sons and Field, Messrs. Fraser and Chalmers, and Messrs. Babcock and Wilcox, and in 1903 he became assistant engineer to the Greenwich Board of Guardians, a position which led four years later to an engagement as chief engineer to the Bermondsey Board of Guardians, with whom he remained for nearly nine years. In February 1916, he was appointed by the Hackney Board of Guardians as engineer-in-charge of their various institutions in London, Brentwood, and Ongar.

His death took place on 27th January 1926.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1923.

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