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William Henry Makepeace

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William Henry Makepeace (1875-1951)

1951 Obituary [1]

"WILLIAM HENRY MAKEPEACE, whose death occurred on 28th April 1951 at the age of seventy-six, was for many years the city sewage engineer at Stoke-on-Trent, with which branch of engineering he was closely concerned throughout his professional career.

He was born in 1875 and educated at the Warwick Grammar and Technical Schools. During the years 1890 to 1897 he received training in mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering, the mechanical side being obtained under his father, the civil under Mr. R. Field, and the electrical with Messrs. Cox Walker of Darlington.

After gaining experience as resident engineer on the staff of Messrs. Willcox and Raikes in connection with water supply and sewerage schemes, he was engaged on similar work for the Hanley borough council from 1901 to 1908. For the next three years he was likewise employed by the borough councils of Burslem and Ilkeston before taking up, in 1911, his final appointment at Stoke-on-Trent. During his period of office he was responsible for the design and execution of new works. Mr. Makepeace was elected an Associate Member of the Institution in 1924 and transferred to Membership in 1938."

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