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Herbert Tatlock Wilkinson

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Herbert Tatlock Wilkinson (c1878-1923)


1923 Obituary [1]

HERBERT TATLOCK WILKINSON, whose death occurred on board ship on his trip homeward from India on the 7th May, 1922, was 45 years of age. He had been managing director of the Wardle Engineering Co. since its formation in 1909.

He completed his apprenticeship with Messrs. Royce in 1895 and afterwards took up an appointment with the Howard Asphalte Troughing Co., for whom he carried out several large contracts. He was successful in introducing this system into numerous municipalities.

His next appointment was with the Lancashire Electric Power Co., leaving this company to take up a post with the Chloride Electrical Storage Co.

In 1909 he acquired the business of Cutler, Wardle and Co., in conjunction with Mr. C. H. K. Chamen, who is now the chief electrical engineer of the Jammu and Kashmir State, India. Shortly afterwards the business was registered as a limited liability company under the title of the Wardle Engineering Co. From small beginnings the business rapidly progressed under his guidance.

Mr. Wilkinson never spared himself in whatever he undertook, and to his endeavours to further the interests of the company his death is, no doubt, to some degree attributable.

Some 10 years ago he took a very prominent part in the formation of the Engineers' Club, Manchester, being appointed on the general committee. In this connection he performed his duties in a whole-hearted fashion, and upon the resignation of Mr. Edmund L. Hill in 1917 from the honorary secretaryship, Mr. Wilkinson was unanimously elected to fill the post, which he ultimately had to resign on account of pressure of business.

Subsequently Mr. Wilkinson removed to London, and, recognizing the advantages of the Manchester Club to the engineers of the district, he was one of the first to agitate for a similar club in London. The result of this agitation was the formation of the Engineers' Club, London, which was opened in August 1921.

Mr. Wilkinson was a man with a charming personality and had a large circle of friends, by whom he was held in the highest esteem.

He left a widow and three sons.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution in 1901, an Associate Member in 1904, and a Member in 1916.


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