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Paul Sommerville Thompson

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Paul Sommerville Thompson (1876-1924)


1924 Obituary [1]

PAUL SOMMERVILLE THOMPSON was born on the 31st January, 1876, and died after a short illness at Saltburn on the 4th July, 1924.

His early education was received at the Rutherford and Armstrong Colleges, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and he served an apprenticeship with Messrs. E. Scott and Mountain, Ltd., afterwards holding appointments with the Wallasey and Malvern Urban District Councils and acting as assistant mains engineer at Manchester.

From 1904 to 1922 he was with the Cleveland and Durham Electric Power and the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Electric Supply Companies, being general station superintendent to the former for a period of about 11 years. During his residence on Tees-side he endeared himself to numbers of young engineers in the electrical supply industry and devoted much of his spare time to the furtherance of their interests.

He was an active member of the Tees-side Sub-Centre, serving as its first Hon. Secretary and later as its chairman. He also assisted with the formation of the Electrical Power Engineers' Association, and will be remembered for the part he played in helping to consolidate the Whitley Council policy of that Association.

He became an Associate Member of the Institution in 1902 and a Member in 1918.


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