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Walter Henry Smith

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Walter Henry Smith (1857-1912)

1912 Obituary [1]

WALTER HENRY SMITH was born in Manchester on 2nd June 1857.

His scholastic education was received at St. Saviour's elementary school, Manchester, and his technical education was self-taught.

In 1867 he began an apprenticeship of seven years in the shops and drawing office of Messrs. Sharp, Stewart and Co., Atlas Works, Manchester, and on its completion in 1874 he was engaged as draughtsman at the works of Messrs. Beyer, Peacock and Co., of Manchester.

Six years later he became head draughtsman with Messrs. Kitson and Co., Airedale Foundry, Leeds, and in 1884 be was appointed chief draughtsman and assistant manager with Messrs. Hawthorn, Leslie and Co., Newcastle-on-Tyne.

From 1890 to 1897 he acted as inspector for the late Sir James Brunlees, and was also in business on his own account as a consulting engineer.

In the latter year he was appointed works manager with Messrs. Kerr, Stuart and Co., Stoke-on-Trent, which position he held until 1899, when he acted for two years as consulting engineer at Leeds and Blackpool.

In 1901 he went to South Africa to take up the position of mechanical engineer to the Public Works Department of the Government of Cape Colony, from which position he retired in 1908.

His death took place on 29th March 1912, in his fifty-fifth year.

He became a Member of this Institution in 1904.

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