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William John Jones

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William John Jones (1849-1884)

1885 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM JOHN JONES, third son of John Hodgson Jones, M. Inst. C.E., was born on the 26th of September, 1849.

At the age of fifteen he entered his father's office, and went through the routine of drawing and estimating.

In 1866 he was apprenticed for two years to Messrs. Blackwood and Gordon, marine engineers and shipbuilders, at Port Glasgow, and afterwards for three years worked in the erecting shop of Messrs. Handyside and Henderson, Finnieston Steam-Ship Works, Glasgow.

In 1871 an accident occurred to a cast-iron gasholder tank at Trapani, belonging to the Malta and Mediterranean Gas Company, when the services of an engineer of practical experience were required. He was selected for the post, and carried out the work so successfully that in 1872 he was appointed Acting-Engineer to the company, with whom he remained for seven years.

In 1879 he became Engineer and Manager to the Cerchi station of the Anglo-Romano Gas and Electric-light Company at Rome, and was in their service at the time of his death, which occurred suddenly on the 10th of September 1884.

He was elected an Associate of the Institution on the 6th of February, 1877.

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