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William Evan Roberts (1873-1939)
1939 Obituary 
"WILLIAM EVAN ROBERTS was born in 1873 at Liverpool. He received his general education there, and during his period of apprenticeship he attended Liverpool University. He served his apprenticeship with Messrs. O. and D. Williams, Liverpool, from 1889 to 1895, and with Messrs. John H. Wilson and Company, Ltd., Liverpool, from 1895 to 1896. From 1896 to 1901 he served at sea on various cargo steamships and tankers.
He then held a position with Messrs. John Brown and Company, Ltd., Clydebank, during the completion of the SS Merton, and he subsequently served as fourth and third engineer on this ship. He continued at sea until 1904, when he became engineering coach at Pritchard's Marine Engineering Academy, Liverpool.
In 1910 he joined the staff of the Vacuum Oil Company, Ltd., as technical engineer, and, except for a period during the War when he was serving in the Royal Navy, he continued with this company until he retired in 1938.
He was elected an Associate Member in 1921, and he died on 8th April 1939."