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William Cross (1850-1916)

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William Cross (1850-1916)

1916 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM CROSS, born at Preston on the 27th November, 1850,died at Kelso on the 30th August, 1916.

Trained at Elswick, he subsequently acted, for 7 years, as Assistant Manager of the Ordnance Works.

In 1882 he became a partner, and later a director, of R. and W. Hawthorn, Leslie and Company, Limited, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and Manager of the Locomotive Department, which he remodelled and modernised. He retired in 1906.

On the outbreak of war he offered his services to the Ministry of Munitions, and at the time of his death was working with Sir Charles Parsons at Heaton.

Mr. Cross was elected an Associate Member on the 2nd February, 1886, and was transferred to the class of Members on the 13th January, 1891.

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