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George Henry Cottam (1850-1926)
1926 Obituary 
GEORGE HENRY COTTAM was born in 1850 and died on the 1st April, 1926, at his home in Coulsdon, Surrey. He was a son of the late Beaumont Cottam of Walsall and was educated at the Grammar School there and afterwards at Neuwied, Germany.
He was apprenticed to Messrs. Wm. Foster and Co. of Lincoln for 5 years, and after some 16 years' experience in general engineering he took up the electrical side in 1882.
Subsequently he worked for the Faure Electric Accumulator Co. and the Anglo-Austrian Brush Co. and superintended the erection of electrical undertakings in Hungary.
Electric light and traction work in Spain was followed by an appointment at the Bankside generating station, of the City of London Electric Lighting Co., Ltd., on behalf of the Brush Co., the contractors.
In 1893 he superintended the erection of the electricity works at Hanley and afterwards took up the position of electrical engineer to that municipality.
In 1895, following the resignation of Mr. Chattock, he was appointed chief electrical engineer to the Hampstead Vestry, afterwards the Hampstead Borough Council, which appointment, he resigned in 1912, afterwards being retained as consulting engineer up to the time of his death.
He was hon. treasurer of the Incorporated Municipal Electrical Association from 1896 to 1900.
He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1892 and a Member in. 1895.