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Walter Chapman Wood

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Walter Chapman Wood (1855-1912)

1912 Obituary [1]

WALTER CHAPMAN WOOD was born at Bolton on 14th December 1855.

He was educated at the Church Institute, Bolton, and Clevedon College, Northampton.

In 1872 he commenced an apprenticeship of five years with Messrs. Barlow and Jones, of Bolton, and on its completion he was appointed an assistant manager.

In 1886 be became manager of the Garfield Mills, Bolton; and in the following year occupied a similar position with Messrs. George Hodgkinson and Sons, Bolton.

He went out to India in 1893 to take up the appointment as manager of the Peervo Mahomed Cotton Mills, Bombay, and subsequently became Honorary Examiner in Cotton Spinning at the University of Bombay.

Three years later he proceeded to Shanghai, where he became manager of a cotton-mill; and then went to Soochow in a similar capacity. During the Boxer rebellion he kept the mill working, being the only European in the city.

In 1903 he accepted the appointment of manager of the International Cotton Spinning Co., Shanghai, and remained there until ill-health caused his retirement in 1910.

His death took place at Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, on 27th May 1912, at the age of fifty-six.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1896.

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