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William Bowman Packham

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William Bowman Packham (1877-1931)


1931 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM BOWMAN PACKHAM was born at Dundee in 1877, and served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Gourlay Brothers and Company, shipbuilders of Dundee.

In 1898 he received a commission as engineer in the Royal Naval Reserve, but after four years marine experience with the Bedouin Line of Liverpool, he resigned his commission in order to take up electrical engineering.

In 1902 he entered the works of Messrs. Dick, Kerr and Company at Preston, and in the following year he joined the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway to take charge of the Liverpool and Southport electrified section.

In 1908 he was appointed operating and works engineer for the Calcutta Tramways Company, and remained with them until 1922.

In 1923 he returned to England to take charge of the West Gloucestershire Power Company's Lydney Power Station, which commenced work in June of that year, and he remained in that position until his illness, which ended in his death on 24th Apri1 1931.

Mr. Packham was elected a Member of the Institution in 1922, and he was also a Member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.


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