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Joseph Walker Sutton

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1854 Born

1885 of Van Gelder Apsimon and Co, Victoria Works, Sowerby Bridge.

1890 of Willans and Robinson

Later of Engineering magazine

1914 Obituary [1]

JOSEPH WALKER SUTTON was born at Scotby, near Carlisle, on 23rd September 1854.

He began an apprenticeship of five years with Messrs. C. l'Anson and Son, Whessoe Foundry, Darlington, three years of which were spent in the workshops and two years in the drawing office.

On its completion in 1874, he went for three years as a draughtsman in the office of the Mersey Iron and Steel Co., Liverpool, and then, in order to gain experience, he made a number of voyages across the Atlantic, as Fourth Engineer.

In 1878 he entered the locomotive works of the London and North Western Railway at Crewe, and was engaged in designing iron constructional work and machinery.

His next engagement was on the Manchester Ship Canal during its construction, after which he entered the service of Messrs. Willans and Robinson, of Thames Ditton, where he remained until he joined the staff of Messrs Maw, Dredge and Hollingsworth in June 1891 as head of their drawing office, and as assistant supervising various engineering work in progress.

About twelve years later he was transferred to the staff of Engineering, a position which he retained until his last illness.

His death took place at his residence in London, on 6th April 1914, in his sixtieth year.

He was elected a Member of this Institution in 1883.

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