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William John Wakefield Turvey

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William John Wakefield Turvey (1881-1912)

1912 Obituary [1]

WILLIAM JOHN WAKEFIELD TURVEY was born at Plumstead, Kent, on 25th November 1881.

After being educated at private schools, he commenced an apprenticeship at the age of fifteen, in the Torpedo Factory, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and in the following year he was transferred to the Torpedo Design Office, which position was obtained by competitive examination. During the six years he was in this department he also studied in the evenings at the Woolwich Polytechnic, where he obtained several diplomas and prizes.

In October 1903 he became draughtsman at the India Rubber, Gutta Percha and Telegraph Works Co., Silvertown, and in October of the following year he went for a short time as draughtsman at Messrs. Robert Hoe and Co.'s Works, Borough Road, London.

In February 1905 he returned to the Royal Arsenal as draughtsman in the Chief Mechanical Engineer's Department.

Four years later he resigned his position and went to New Zealand, residing at Napier, when he became assistant to the borough engineer in March 1911.

In October of the same year he was appointed assistant town clerk, and held that position until his death which took place after a short illness, on 28th August 1912, in his thirty-first year.

He became an Associate Member of this Institution in 1910.

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