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John Reney Smith

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John Reney Smith (1863-1946)

1911 Living at Kildun, Heswall, Cheshire: John Reney Smith (age 47 born Liverpool), Manager - Shipbuilding Company. With his wife Irene Isobel Smith (age 32 born Liverpool) and their two children John Reney Smith (age 8 born Birkenhead) and Maxwell Reney Smith (age 5 born Birkenhead). One servant.[1]


1946 Obituary [2]

JOHN RENEY SMITH, whose death occurred on 15th March 1945, was well known for many years in the Liverpool District as a prominent engineer. He had been a Member of the Institution since 1891 and was also a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (where he received a Telford Premium in 1917), and the Institution of Naval Architects. In addition he was a past-president of the Liverpool Engineering Society and of the Merseyside Shipbuilders' and Ship Repairers' Federation. In 1934 when the Institution Summer Meeting was held in Liverpool, he served on the Reception Committee.

He was born in 1863 and educated privately and at Liverpool University where he had a distinguished career, obtaining a Derby scholarship, in addition to being prizeman and medallist, and graduating with honours in engineering (London). He received his early training at Messrs. George Forrester and Company's Vauxhall Foundry in Liverpool. Subsequently he became chief draughtsman and assistant manager.

In 1892 he entered into partnership with Mr. Robert C. Harvey, and practiced in Liverpool as a consulting engineer. His activities, however, in this respect, extended to Egypt and India and for a period he was engaged as resident engineer at Perim Island in the Red Sea, in connecion with harbour works. In 1898 he joined Messrs. H. and C. Grayson, Ltd., as general manager, being subsequently appointed a director, a position from which he resigned in 1922.

During the war of 1914-18 he was a member of the Board of Management, Liverpool Munitions of War Committee. Mr. Smith resigned from the board of directors of Messrs. Grayson in 1922.


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