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Sydney George Williams

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Sydney George Williams (1884-1952)

1953 Obituary [1]

SYDNEY GEORGE WILLIAMS. who retained a close connexion with engineering in the London area during almost the whole of his career, was in the service of the Air Board and Ministry from 1915 until his retirement in 1948. During that period he was primarily concerned with aeronautical inspection.

He was born in 1884 and received his technical education, which extended from 1900 to 1914, at London Polytechnic and technical schools of the London County Council.

He served an apprenticeship at the Vauxhall Iron Works, from 1901 to 1905, and with the Riley Manufacturing Company, Ltd., London from 1905 to 1909.

His first employment was that of engineer-in-charge of the Salutaris Distillery, London, and as such he was responsible for the equipment of a new brewery at Oxford. He held this position for five years and was then, for a time, superintendent and erecting engineer for Montague Sharpe and Company, Ltd., for which company he was engaged upon large extensions at Whittaker and Company's brewery, Bradford, and also the installation of a bottling department and machinery for the brewing firm of Hall and Company, Ltd., Southsea.

On entering service with the Air Board he was placed in charge of the inspection of engines and materials in the Smethwick area. Subsequently he carried out similar duties for many years in the Inspection Testing Laboratory at Kidbrooke, London.

Mr. Williams, whose death occurred in January 1952, was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1919.

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