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George Thomas Wood

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George Thomas Wood (1866-1918)


1919 Obituary [1]

GEORGE THOMAS WOOD was born in London on 4th May 1866.

After completing his scholastic education, he served an apprenticeship of five years with Mr. S. Haskins, of Old Street, London, going through the various shops.

In 1888 he entered the employment of Messrs. Crompton and Co., Ltd., Chelmsford, where he held important positions inside the works and on outside construction, visiting the Continent on several occasions. During the period he was with this firm, he was engaged upon, at that time, the largest electrical plant in the world, which was manufactured for producing ferro-aluminium at Milton, near Stoke-on-Trent.

In 1901 he severed his connexion with Messrs. Crompton, to take up an important position with the British Thomson-Houston Co., Ltd., of Rugby. Joining this firm before building operations were completed, be made an extended visit to the United States, where for some time he was at the General Electric Co.'s works, both at Lynn and Schenectady.

On his return to England he took up the duties of manager of the Winding and Insulating Department of the British Thomson-Houston Co., a position he held for eight years, when he was appointed Works Manager to the General Electric Co., Ltd., Witton, Birmingham.

In 1911 he transferred his services to the Brush Electrical Co., at Loughborough, where he took up the position of Works Manager, and had a varied experience in the electrical engineering and turbine work of the firm.

In 1915 he became Works Manager of Messrs. Daniel Adamson and Co., Ltd., of Dukinfield, and was with them until his death. During this Period he was actively engaged on the manufacture of all types of war productions, and installed extensive additions of machinery for the manufacture of various sizes of shell, and of turbines, turbo-blowers, and engines. Latterly he was associated with the manufacture of aeroplane parts and other work of a similar nature.

His death took place at Dukinfield on 28th August 1918, at the age of fifty-two.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1913.


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