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William Dryden (c1875-1942)
1943 Obituary 
WILLIAM DRYDEN, Sen., whose death in his sixty-seventh year occurred at Ashton-on-Ribble, on 30th December 1942, was chairman of directors of the firm of Messrs. Thomas Dryden and Sons, Ltd., ironfounders, of Preston. Mr. William Dryden, Sen., was the third generation of his family to take charge of the affairs of the firm, which was founded by his grandfather in 1871 and subsequently managed by his father, who died in 1918.
After receiving his technical education at the Technical Institute, Preston, Mr. Dryden served a brief apprenticeship in his father's firm and then for some years worked in Ulverstone, Lancashire, and in Shropshire. Returning to Preston he was appointed chief assistant to his father, and on the death of the latter became the senior partner and managing director of the firm. Amongst his activities he was responsible for the structural supervision and maintenance of many of the seaside piers in the North West. Mr. Dryden served for some years in the Volunteer Force and Territorial Army, retiring in 1910 with the rank of captain.
He was elected a Graduate of the Institution in 1896 and was transferred to Associate Membership in 1902; and to Membership in 1919.