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William Frederick Cheesewright

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William Frederick Cheesewright (c1870-1934)

1934 Obituary [1]

Colonel WILLIAM FREDERICK CHEESEWRIGHT, D.S.O., died suddenly on October 12, 1934, at the age of sixty-four.

In his youth he was articled to his father, Mr. F. H. Cheesewright, and spent some time in Western Australia, being engaged there on railway survey and exploration work.

In 1896 he took a commission in the 2nd South Middlesex Volunteers, and rapidly rose to the rank of major. Later he joined the Territorial Force, and was transferred to and given command of the Home Counties Division of the Royal Engineers with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. During the war he saw active service in France, was mentioned in despatches, was awarded the D.S.O., and was promoted colonel. Except during the war period, Colonel Cheesewright was engaged in business.

In 1896 he joined Messrs. Eagland & Co., proprietors of numerous publications; starting as advertisement manager, he later became a partner, and afterwards a director when the business was turned into a limited company. After the war he continued to be the managing director of The Iron and Coal Trades Review and its allied publications until the formation of Industrial Newspapers, Ltd., in 1926, when he retired.

After a period of travel he purchased the firm of Messrs. A. Beanes & Co., Ltd., makers of metal casements and windows, which he directed personally; he was on the premises of the company when he died.

He joined the Iron and Steel Institute in 1910.

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