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William Douglass James

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William Douglass James (1892-1915)

1915 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM DOUGLASS JAMES was born at Yelverton, Devon, on 23rd September 1892.

He was educated at Plymouth College, and in 1909 passed the Intermediate B.Sc. examination in Engineering.

In 1910 he started his apprenticeship with Mr. A. E. Douglass, M.Inst.C.E., of the South Staffordshire Water Works Co., and in October 1911 went to Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took the Engineering side and in 1914 he left, having obtained a second class in the Mechanical Sciences Tripos.

He was proceeding as pupil to the Engineer-in-Chief of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board when war was declared, and he as a member of the O.T.C. was given a commission in the Royal Garrison Artillery as special reserve.

He was killed in action in France on 25th September 1915, at the age of twenty-three.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1911.

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