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Walter Alexander

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Walter Alexander (1870-1909)


1909 Obituary [1]

WALTER ALEXANDER was born at Dumbarton on 10th April 1870, and was educated at the Bowling (Dumbartonshire) Public School.

At the age of fifteen he commenced an apprenticeship with the engineering firm of Messrs. John Norman and Co., of Glasgow, and three years later went to the Caledonian Railway Locomotive Works at St. Rollox.

On the termination of his apprenticeship in 1890 he remained at the same works in the drawing office until 1894 when he became a draughtsman in the locomotive works of Messrs. Neilson, Reid and Co., and was promoted to the post of assistant manager in 1898.

Two years later he was appointed manager at the locomotive works of Messrs. Kerr, Stuart and Co., of Stoke-on-Trent, and remained in that position until March 1905 when he became works manager of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway Works at Brighton.

His death took place at Brighton on 6th February 1909, in his thirty-ninth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1905.


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