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William Frederick Earl Seymour

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William Frederick Earl Seymour (1870-1922)

1922 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM FREDERICK EARL SEYMOUR was born in London on 17th April 1870, and served an apprenticeship of five years at the Great Western Railway Locomotive Works, Swindon, where he went through the various shops and drawing office. During that period he was also engaged in the Chemical Laboratory, assisting in the testing of water, oils, steel, and other materials.

In September 1891 he went to Adelaide, South Australia, on the South Australian Railways, and two years later re-entered the service of the Great Western Railway as assistant analyst in the laboratory.

In the following year he was transferred to the Engineering Department as ironwork inspector. This position he held until the end of 1900, when he became H.M. Inspector of Factories and Workshops.

On the outbreak of war he joined the R.A.M.C., and served until his discharge in 1916. He took a great interest in the Boy Scout movement and did good work.

His death took place at Dartmouth on 31st January 1922, in his fifty-second year.

He became a Graduate of this Institution in 1892, and an Associate Member in 1896.

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